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McCain wins S.C. straw poll

April 3, 2007

CARRIES DILLON COUNTY BY MORE THAN 14 PERCENT

We just got off the phone with an official in Dillon County where last night Sen. John McCain overwhelmingly won a county-wide straw poll.

Here are the numbers they gave us:

John McCain – 38 percent

Mitt Romney – 23 percent

Rudy Giuliani – 14 percent

Mike Huckabee – 5 percent

Newt Gingerich – 5 percent

Undecided – 9 percent


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Giuliani faces further scrutiny

April 3, 2007

RECENT EVENTS BEGIN TO REVEAL “REAL” RUDY

Coming off a very rough past week, Rudy Giuliani surely prayed that the dawning of a new week would offer some reprieve. Unfortunately for Giuliani however, stories revealing the “real” Rudy continue to surface.

First, it was discovered Monday that his third – and current – wife Judith was involved in a program that killed innocent puppies to test controversial medical-supply products.

“It was a horribly cruel, outrageous program,” Friends of Animals President Priscilla Feral said about the demonstrations of medical staplers on dogs conducted by U.S. Surgical Corp. employees during Giuliani’s tenure there in the late 1970s.

Feral said U.S. Surgical’s demonstrations on hundreds of dogs each year through the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s were done to boost sales, not for medical re search or testing.

The dogs were “either put to death following the sales demonstrations because they can’t re cover from them, or they die during them,” Feral said.

“I’m not going to characterize her, but I hope she regrets it for what it was – a money-grubbing effort,” said Feral, whose Darien, Conn.-based activist group waged a heated public-relations battle with the Norwalk-based company for more than a decade.

“I guess the question would be, how does she justify this now? What is her conscience at this stage?” Feral asked about Giuliani’s association with U.S. Surgical.

“There’s no ethical justification for this.”

And then Tuesday TPM Cafe’s Eric Kleefeld cited a piece from the Charlotte Observer regarding a controversial abortion ultrasound bill – that could very well “turn the S.C. primary” – and noted that Giuliani’s failure to support the measure could sink his hopes of winning the S.C. primary.

Stories like this one make one think that it’s only a matter of time before the reality of Rudy’s social liberalism catches up to him in key conservative-dominated primary states — in this case, South Carolina.

… Rudy has just become the only one of the key GOP candidates to fail to endorse a bill making its way through the South Carolina legislature that would discourage abortion by mandating that a woman seeking one first view an ultrasound of her fetus.


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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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Giuliani refuses request re: Kerik blunder, faces criticism over 9/11

March 30, 2007

It was a ferocious firestorm of a Friday for former New York Mayor and current presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani.

Giuliani began the day by again failing to offer an explanation Friday when confronted with his involvement in recommending Bernard Kerik to lead homeland security in December 2004.

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An AP story reported that Giuliani admitted the recommendation was a mistake, but a spokeswoman for Giuliani “declined to explain why Giuliani appointed Kerik police commissioner despite having information about Kerik’s relationship with Interstate Industrial.”

The acknowledgment followed a report in The New York Times that the former New York City mayor was warned about Kerik’s relationship with a company with suspected ties to organized crime even before Giuliani appointed Kerik as New York City police commissioner.

Once nominated by President Bush to head the Homeland Security Department, Kerik pleaded guilty last June to a misdemeanor charge of accepting a gift from Interstate Industrial, which was seeking city work.

Kerik acknowledged accepting $165,000 in renovations on his Bronx apartment from the company. But he never explicitly admitted that his efforts on the company’s behalf were tied to the work on his home.

Giuliani came under further fire Friday surrounding his administration’s handling of New York City before and after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

From the Associated Press:

“If Rudolph Giuliani was running on anything but 9/11, I would not speak out,” said Sally Regenhard, whose firefighter son was among the 343 FDNY members killed in the terrorist attack. “If he ran on cleaning up Times Square, getting rid of squeegee men, lowering crime _ that’s indisputable.

“But when he runs on 9/11, I want the American people to know he was part of the problem.”

Such comments contradict Giuliani’s post-Sept. 11 profile as a hero and symbol of the city’s resilience _ the steadfast leader who calmed the nerves of a rattled nation. But as the presidential campaign intensifies, criticisms of his 2001 performance are resurfacing.

Giuliani, the leader in polls of Republican voters for his party’s nomination, has been faulted on two major issues:

_ His administration’s failure to provide the World Trade Center’s first responders with adequate radios, a long-standing complaint from relatives of the firefighters killed when the twin towers collapsed. The Sept. 11 Commission noted the firefighters at the World Trade Center were using the same ineffective radios employed by the first responders to the 1993 terrorist attack on the trade center.

Regenhard, at a 2004 commission hearing in Manhattan, screamed at Giuliani, “My son was murdered because of your incompetence!” The hearing was a perfect example of the 9/11 duality: Commission members universally praised Giuliani at the same event.

_ A November 2001 decision to step up removal of the massive rubble pile at ground zero. The firefighters were angered when the then-mayor reduced their numbers among the group searching for remains of their lost “brothers,” focusing instead on what they derided as a “scoop and dump” approach. Giuliani agreed to increase the number of firefighters at ground zero just days after ordering the cutback.

More than 5 1/2 years later, body parts are still turning up in the trade center site.

“We want America to know what this guy meant to New York City firefighters,” said Peter Gorman, head of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association. “In our experiences with this man, he disrespected us in the most horrific way.”

The two-term mayor, in his appearance before the Sept. 11 Commission, said the blame for the death and destruction of Sept. 11 belonged solely with the terrorists. “There was not a problem of coordination on Sept. 11,” he testified.

Giuliani was also criticized for locating the city’s emergency center in 7 World Trade Center, a building that contained thousands of gallons of diesel fuel when it collapsed after the terrorist attack.

The lingering ill will between Giuliani and firefighters was resurrected when the International Association of Fire Fighters initially decided not to invite the former mayor to its March 14 candidates forum in Washington. Other prominent presidential hopefuls, including Republican John McCain and Democrats Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Edwards, addressed the nation’s largest firefighters union.


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A letter from John McCain…

March 28, 2007

Sent via e-mail to all of his supporters regarding government spending:

My Friend,

Since I announced my candidacy for President of the United States, I have worked hard to prove to voters that I am the only candidate who has the record, the leadership, and the courage to stand up to the wasteful spenders in Congress to ensure that America is lead in the right direction.

Last week, these pork-barrel spenders in the U.S. House of Representatives outdid themselves. Not only did they decide that they will dictate the future course of our military action in Iraq, they went even further by “buying” the extra votes necessary to pass this terrible, flawed legislation by adding more than $20 billion in wasteful spending. This bill would fund things like $74 million for peanut storage, $124 million for the shrimp industry and $25 million for spinach producers. What this funding is doing in an emergency war spending bill is a complete mystery to me!

My friend, if you agree with me that this is an egregious waste of your hard-earned tax dollars, I ask that you follow this link to join my campaign in standing up to say, “No More Wasteful Spending!”

For decades, I have condemned the practice of pork-barrel spending and fought to reform our broken system. Our goal of government reform is made even tougher by actions taken by the current Congressional majority. They are clearly determined to take America down a far different path than you and I want to see our great nation go.

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My friend, I am running for President to bring my record, leadership and courage to our nation’s highest office and I am asking for your support today. Our campaign is fast approaching a critical deadline. On March 31st, we will file our first FEC report of the year. Unfortunately, we cannot change the fact that this is how the press, political pundits and others will look at the financial and political momentum behind our campaign.

The truth is that I enjoy being on the campaign trail talking to the voters about their opinions much more than asking for money. But the reality of this presidential campaign is that it will take millions to win. I am determined to win and ask that join me in this effort by making an immediate contribution of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or even $2,300 to ensure our campaign will post strong numbers five days from now. Your support is crucial to my candidacy.

I truly believe that the American people see this race for the White House as an historic turning point in our nation’s history. If we are to institute real government reform and get rid of the wasteful pork-barrel spending, we need the best person in the Oval Office to lead our reform agenda.

I believe that I am that person, and I look forward to the coming months, when I can continue proving this to the voters on the campaign trail. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

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John McCain

P.S. You have likely seen the reports of the latest egregious waste of your tax dollars to fund wasteful pork-barrel projects. The wasteful spenders have outdone themselves by trying to “buy” votes with over $20 billion in pork-barrel spending. My friend, if we are to put America on the right track, we need the best person to lead us from the Oval Office. I believe I am that person and I ask that you support my campaign today by making an online contribution. Our campaign is fast approaching our first big fundraising deadline on March 31st. I need your commitment today to get my message of government reform to the people. Thank you.


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Giuliani: I support the First Amendment right to carry, bear arms

March 27, 2007

During Sean Hannity’s March 23 radio show, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani fielded phone calls from listeners. One caller asked Giuliani to clarify his stance on gun control, to which he replied, “I support the First Amendment right to carry and bear arms.”

Here’s the clip from YouTube:

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So Mr. Giuliani, who wants to be the next Commander-in-Chief, cannot discern between the first two Amendments to the U.S. Constitution?

Let’s clarify for him.

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Fear not gun owners, Giuliani won’t take away your First Amendment right to bear arms. Your Second Amendment rights, however…


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Video from McCain speech at IAFF forum

March 25, 2007

Sen. John McCain recently spoke at the International Association of Fire Fighters’ First 2008 Bipartisan Presidential Forum. The event was held at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on March 14.

The IAFF this week released the video of McCain’s speech at the forum. Here’s a clip:

Read the full transcript of Senator McCain’s speech below the break.

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