Your GOP Presidential Hypocrisy Update
Try not to snicker...ahh, go ahead, laugh your ass off at this groups of pathetic malcontents:
9/11 Heroes Vs. Rudy Round One
In a video being released today, New York City firefighters and their families criticize former mayor Rudy Giuliani for his handling of the Sept. 11 , 2001, terrorist attacks.
They argue that Giuliani's administration failed to provide adequate radios for first-responders at the World Trade Center. And they remain angry at his decision to speed the removal of the enormous pile of rubble at ground zero, cutting back the size of the group searching for remains.
"He's not a leader. He is running on 9/11, and it's all a fallacy," says Jim Riches, the father of a Sept. 11 victim and a deputy New York fire chief, in the video.
Fred Thompson: Wanted To Ditch Divisive Republican Platform In 1996 – Described As Pro-Choice
It seems Mitt Romney has some competition in the "say-anything-to-get-elected" department. Election central links to a David Brody post which has some choice quotes from lobbyist Fred Thompson in 1996--when he wanted to chuck the national Republican platform.
Thompson wants to change the way the 1996 Republican National Convention is conducted. For starters, he wants to abolish the party platform--just toss the archaic thing away. 'It's the most useless device I've ever heard of,' Thompson said during a recent visit to Memphis."
"Thompson said he opposes making early-term abortions a crime, as some Republicans would like to do with a constitutional amendment. 'But I don't think you should bolt on one issue. I'm still not convinced platforms are a good idea. We know what we believe in and I don't think we need to write it all down in a document,' Thompson said.
The Tennessee Republican, a pro-choice defender in a party with an anti-abortion tilt, is preparing for next week's convention in San Diego. He said the party must avoid distracting issues and focus on electing Bob Dole as president. 'We need to concentrate on what brings us together and not what divides us,' Thompson said in an interview with The Tennessean published Tuesday.
So if Fred Thompson thought in 1996 that the Republican platform is divisive, when did he change his mind? He's an actor, so was he acting then--or is he acting now?
Giuliani: I Swear They're Volunteers ... Really Big Volunteers. Rudy breaks federal campaign law
Giuliani's campaign spending reports showed no security expenses during the first three months of this year. But the burly guards who trail Giuliani around the country have not been working for free.
For most of this year, Giuliani's consulting firm, Giuliani Partners, has paid the cost of the security detail -- an arrangement that has existed since Giuliani stepped down as New York mayor -- campaign spokeswoman Maria Comella said. His campaign travels eventually became so extensive that the campaign began picking up the costs on June 18, she said.
"It certainly appears to challenge the law, with respect to a corporate contribution," said Ellen Miller, a longtime campaign finance watchdog in Washington. "A corporation cannot make an in-kind contribution by paying for a service or a party or even food at a party."
Iraq Is Hurting Republican Front Runners
As President Bush struggles to maintain support in Congress for his Iraq "surge" strategy, the three leading Republican presidential contenders have been quietly backing away from any commitment to continue the buildup.
Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson have made it clear that their original support for the escalation does not mean they are signed on to keeping the current 160,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, even as they have laid out hawkish positions on other aspects of foreign policy.
McCain's National Chairman: Not So Pleased
"Of course I'm concerned" about the future of his campaign, said Rudman, who represented New Hampshire in the Senate from 1981 to 1992 and is now McCain's national campaign co-chairman.
"John has to reach as many people as he can," Rudman said. "But you know the next three months are absolutely vital. If he doesn't recover financially and in the polls by the fall, it will be very difficult for him to continue."
Giuliani Latest Hire: Dr. Strangelove
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giulianiannounced his foreign policy team today, and included on the list as a senior foreign policy team member is Norman Podhoretz, who recently admitted with glee that his plan to bomb Iran would "unleash a wave of anti-Americanism all over the world that will make the anti-Americanism we've experienced so far look like a lovefest."
Hookers And Coke Are OK, But Keep Off The Grass
Presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani said Tuesday that people who want to legalize marijuana for medical purposes really just want to make the drug available to all.
"We'd be much better off telling people the truth. Marijuana adds nothing to the array of legal medications and prescription medications that are available for pain relief."
Romney's New Hampshire Residency Is About As Real As His Rifle Collection
The real estate adage "location, location, location" applies to politics as well, and Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is playing that for all it's worth.
The former Massachusetts governor has an 11-acre estate valued at more than $10 million on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, allowing him to portray himself to New Hampshire voters as one of them as he seeks to win the state's first-in-the-nation primary.
Romney, who is worth an estimated $190 million to $250 million, rarely passes up a chance to mention his New Hampshire vacation home. His references to his other residences - a colonial main residence in the comfortable Boston suburb of Belmont and a lodge near the ski resort community of Park City , Utah - are few.
Are McCain Staff Now Outnumbered by McCain Pets?
If election victory was solely dependent on the pet factor, the Arizona senator would have excellent chances at a landslide victory: a cat, two turtles, a ferret, three parakeets and 13 saltwater fish inhabit the 70 year old's house along with his two dogs.