Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani Wednesday defended his decision to quit the Iraq Study Group before it finished its work, saying he realized it was “a mistake” to have joined the panel just as he was about to launch his presidential campaign.
Following a campaign speech in Des Moines, Iowa, Giuliani was peppered with questions about his short-lived service on the non-partisan panel, which Congress created to make recommendations about the future of the U.S. occupation in Iraq.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who began his race for the Democratic presidential nomination by asking competitors to sign a pledge to run only positive campaigns, is now poking sharp words at the leading Democratic candidates on Iraq as he tries to climb out of fourth place in the polls.
Richardson told a conference sponsored by liberal groups this week that Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, Barack Obama of Illinois, Chris Dodd of Connecticut and Joe Biden of Delaware and former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina had all either voted for or supported bills or resolutions with timetables and “loopholes” that would allow a president to “leave an undetermined number of troops in Iraq indefinitely.”
Republican Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani’s South Carolina state chairman stepped down Tuesday after a federal grand jury indicted him on cocaine charges.
Thomas Ravenel, South Carolina State Treasurer, is a former real estate developer and a rising star in southern politics.
The indictment came as a second blow to Giuliani’s troubled campaign for President this week, hard on the heels of revelations that the former New York mayor who became a symbol of the city’s struggles in the 9/11 terrorist had quit the Iraq Study Group panel to hit the lecture circuit and earn millions.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is now a politician looking for a party.
He may also be looking at a run for the President as an independent in 2008.
Bloomberg quit the Republican Party Tuesday, saying “the politics of partisanship…have paralyzed decision-making.”
The break is not a surprise. Bloomberg is a frequent critic of President George W. Bush’s policies. He also was a lifelong Democrat before switching to the GOP in 2001 for his first run for Mayor.
In a rare moment of political candor, Democratic Presidential contender Barack Obama Monday admitted his campaign screwed up big time by sending out a memo criticizing opponent Hillary Clinton’s financial ties to India.
“It was a dumb mistake on our campaign’s part and I made it clear to my staff in no uncertain terms that it was a mistake,” Obama told the Associated Press in a brief interview in which he referred to the memo as “unnecessarily caustic.”
South Carolina appears poised to shake up the 2008 presidential race, with Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Fred Thompson the frontrunners in a new state survey by Mason-Dixon.
With strong support from the African American community, Illinois Senator Obama has assumed a strong lead over New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. On the Republican side, Thompson zoomed to the top spot, slightly ahead of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, even though he hasn’t yet announced his bid for the GOP nomination.
Former President Clinton, who might someday be the first spouse, traveled the globe last year, making more than $10 million giving speeches at corporate retreats, trade group gatherings and motivational venues.
The women’s vote plays an increasingly important role in elections. In past contests, candidates vied for the “Soccer Moms” but the vote of women is more than just suburban housewives. Increasingly, women are a factor that can determine the outcome of elections — particularly races for President.
Which is why the 2008 Presidential contest, with a woman as the current front runner for the Democratic nomination, looms so large.
Fred Thompson didn’t enter the 2008 presidential race Tuesday, but he talked like he was getting close to jumping in.
Asked by Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” if he’d like the nation’s top job, the former Tennessee senator said, “I’ve never craved the job of president, but I want to do some things that only a president can do.”
“So,” Thompson added, “the answer is yes.”
Sen. John McCain was wrapping up his last campaign speech in Iowa on Friday when an audience member turned the tables.
Don’t listen to the “screwballs” in the media and the voices “on the left,” the man lectured. He told the Arizona Republican to stick to his guns, particularly in defending the unpopular war in Iraq.