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Ravenel endorsement smells like burnt waffles, lacks maple syrup

April 4, 2007

S.C. STATE TREASURER CONTRADICTS SELF BY BACKING GIULIANI

Both The State’s official blog – “S.C. Politics Today” – and Dan Hoover of The Greenville News have reported that first-term South Carolina State Treasurer Thomas Ravenel will endorse former-mayor Rudy Giuliani’s bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination at a Thursday morning press conference. This struck us as very odd given that Ravenel was elected on a conservative, anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage platform – which stands in complete opposition to Giuliani’s record.

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Giuliani’s past favoritism for abortion is notorious. Just yesterday we posted yet another YouTube video revealing the “real,” very much pro-abortion, Rudy Giuliani.

So why is Ravenel – who has marched in anti-abortion rallies and attacked Democrats over the issue countless times – aiding a pro-abortion candidate? From the April 25, 2004 edition of The State:

Another Republican candidate, Charleston developer Thomas Ravenel, has attacked Democratic candidate state Education Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum on the issue.
Tenenbaum opposes partial-birth abortion but has lobbied for pro-choice groups in the past.

Ravenel also supported a Constitutional Amendment banning gay marriage.

Former state Attorney General Charlie Condon, U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint, Charleston developer Thomas Ravenel, and former Gov. David Beasley said they support a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

Ravenel said he supports amendment legislation sponsored by Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, R-Colo., which defines marriage as between one man and one woman and allows state legislatures to have the final say on related issues.

Giuliani on the other hand has said that he’s perfectly comfortable with the “pro-gay marriage tag.” The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza noted:

In the back and forth of a competitive primary campaign, Giuliani’s liberal (by GOP standards) positions on abortion and gay marriage are sure to become common knowledge to Republican voters. For many of these voters, outlawing abortion and gay marriage are at the foundation of why they are Republicans, and they simply will not support a candidate who does not agree with them on those hot-button issues — no matter how revered that person may be in other spheres.

And we won’t even get into Giuliani’s anti-gun rights record.

What the heck is Ravenel thinking?

There are a few scenarios here. Ravenel could be trying to slip one by the conservative base that elected him; with the hope that if the Giuliani bandwagon miraculously begins to writhe – inch by tiny inch – out of the stall, he can ride it far enough to temporarily fulfill his ambitions for higher office.

Ravenel could also be trying to re-position himself for a likely – unsuccessful – 2008 U.S. Senate campaign.

Or perhaps Ravenel flat-out lied to voters to get elected. Maybe the “real” Ravenel, like the “real” Rudy, is pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage and anti-gun rights.

But it is also possible that Ravenel just admires Giuliani and, as such, wants to imitate the man… by continuously changing his position on key issues.

Regardless, we doubt the conservative base will forgive Ravenel’s treachery assuming he does endorse Giuliani. No matter how he tries to spin it, by supporting Giuliani, Ravenel is arrogantly opposing the alter-ego he presented voters last fall; the one the people of South Carolina elected treasurer.

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Twenty-six S.C. mayors support McCain

April 2, 2007

The Associated Press is reporting that Sen. John McCain has netted endorsements and backing from twenty-six South Carolina mayors. By our count, that’s twenty-six more than all other candidates combined.

The US senator from Arizona announced Monday that a committee of mayors from across the state will help with his presidential campaign.

Committee members from larger towns and cities include North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey; Mount Pleasant Mayor Harry Hallman; Beaufort Mayor Bill Rauch; Fountain Inn Mayor Gary Long and Mayor Bobby Horton of West Columbia.

McCain says the mayors all know that their towns and their help will be valuable leading up to the state’s Republican presidential primary next year.

Sen. McCain said he was grateful to have the strong support of these local leaders in South Carolina.

“Each one of these individuals has the pulse of his or her community,” said Sen. McCain. “And as we continue to build a broad base of support in South Carolina, I believe their input will be extremely valuable. I look forward to working with them in the months ahead to help spread our message of common sense conservatism.”

See the complete list below the fold:

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McCain unveils S.C. Finance Team

March 24, 2007

Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign this week announced his South Carolina Finance Committee. The all-star lineup is a “who’s who” of South Carolina politics including numerous supporters from the campaigns of Presidents George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan. The South Carolina leaders also include top executives from a wide variety of industries across South Carolina.

McCain said he welcomed the group’s support. “I am truly honored to receive encouragement from these extraordinary business leaders,” Senator McCain said. “Each one of them has an outstanding record of success as a top leader in South Carolina business, political, and civic affairs. I am confident they will be a tremendous asset to our cause.”

Complete list below the break.

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Times and Democrat: McCain knows about personal sacrifices

March 16, 2007

An editorial in Friday’s Orangeburg Times and Democrat boldly proclaims that, “Senator [John McCain] stands firm on Iraq – as he stood firm in captivity 34 years ago.” The piece links McCain’s service and sacrifice with his strength and experience in dealing foreign policy issues.

McCain knows about consequences – and it should not go unnoted that his speech [to the International Association of Fire Fighters, in which he discussed the War in Iraq] came on a significant day.

Retired Marine Lt. Col. Orson Swindle writes: “Thirty-four years ago today, on March 14, 1973, John McCain and hundreds of other prisoners of war were released from Hanoi and began the trip home. My repatriation from Hanoi was a week earlier, having been shot down a year before John. I will never forget the feeling of relief and joy upon stepping into an American aircraft with my fellow countrymen to begin that journey home.”

The senator is at odds with popular opinion but refuses to waiver. He’s done so before, in very difficult circumstances.

Whether the next president or not, McCain is an American leader to be respected for his assessment and thanked for his significant personal sacrifice.


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Rudy’s top SC backer: McCain’s doing well here

March 16, 2007

Dan Hoover at the Greenville News has a piece on his blog quoting Barry Wynn, the former state GOP chairman and Rudy Giuliani’s top backer in South Carolina, as saying, “McCain’s doing well here.”

Wynn noted that, among other things, the reason his guy was trailing McCain in the Palmetto State was that McCain has built a “great organization here with a lot of infrastructure.”

A poll by New Hampshire-based American Research Group shows McCain leading Giuliani in South Carolina… The Feb. 23-27 poll showed McCain at 35 percent among likely GOP presidential primary voters to Giuliani’s 28 percent. The survey of 600 respondents had a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.


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Thirty-four years ago today…

March 14, 2007

Orson Swindle, who was in the same Hanoi prison as Sen. John McCain during the Vietnam War, today released this letter about his close friend:

Non sibi sed patriae, not self but country, is often mentioned as an unofficial motto of the United States Navy. Being a Marine, I have always been more partial to Semper Fidelis, but I have had the honor and privilege of serving in the company of Navy men for whom that motto, whether official or not, is a way of life. My friend and former cellmate in Vietnam, John McCain, is one of those men.

Thirty-four years ago today, on March 14, 1973, John McCain and hundreds of other prisoners of war were released from Hanoi and began the trip home. My repatriation from Hanoi was a week earlier, having been shot down a year before John. I will never forget the feeling of relief and joy upon stepping into an American aircraft with my fellow countrymen to begin that journey home.

Things could have been very different for John. The son and grandson of Navy Admirals, the North Vietnamese quickly realized when they captured him that they had a special prisoner from a distinguished military family. In an effort to embarrass us and our country, they offered John early release. John consistently refused those offers, understanding that freedom without honor was not worth having. He kept faith with us, his fellow POWs, and stood by the Code of Conduct through which we pledged “I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.” Because of his dedication to principle, the North Vietnamese made his life a living hell for a number of years.

I was fortunate to know John in prison, and we have remained the closest of friends. His refusal of early release, his constant resistance, and his undying sense of humor were traits we all admired. We were inspired by his commitment to honor and encouraged by his sense of humor. His commitment to principles, straight talk, and honesty in Washington continues to inspire us today. I could never have imagined all those years ago that one day the man sharing a concrete slab for a bed next to me would be a candidate for President of the United States. I am very proud to stand next to him today.

As our country battles a new kind of evil and our fighting men and women take the battle to the terrorist, making incredible sacrifices in their efforts, I think back to those days in Hanoi, back to the experiences that have shaped my life ever since. My friend, John, has been tested through circumstance and fire, has met the challenge, and he is prepared to lead America in difficult times ahead. No one is better qualified to be Commander in Chief. He has made me proud over the years, and I know he will do the same for us all as President.

Today is a special day for John and hundreds of us who were POWs in Vietnam. I hope you will join me in remembering those who have served this great country, especially those who today fight for our freedom and safety in foreign lands. We are proud of their service. We honor their sacrifice, and look forward to the day their mission is accomplished and they too will return with honor.

Sincerely,

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Orson Swindle
Lieutenant Colonel, United States Marine Corps (ret)
POW 1966-1973

And the accompanying video is truly moving:


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McCain nets ninth Senate endorsement

March 9, 2007

The Politico is reporting that Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) will endorse Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in his bid to become the next President of the United States. The announcement will take place today in Charlotte.

It will be the ninth such endorsement for McCain from a Senatorial colleague – double the number from his 2000 presidential run. Among those on board are Senators Trent Lott (R-MS), John Warner (R-VA) and John Thune (R-SD).

Congressional endorsements don’t translate into primary votes, but when a figure like McCain gets `em from the likes of Burr, Warner, Lott and Thune, it does raise eyebrows.


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