Campaign ’08 Update: Republicans
This Week on The Candidates:
Campaign ’08 Update: Candidate Views on the Issues
Ron Paul Update
Campaign ’08: Democrats

Romney’s grandparents were illegal immigrants from Mexico (Think Progress 12/24/07)

Romney’s Pursuit of Tyrannical Power – Literally (Common Dreams 12/23/07)

The Boston Globe presented a 12 question survey on executive power to the candidates

EXCERPT: “All of the leading Democrats — Edwards, Dodd, Biden, Clinton, Richardson and Obama — submitted responses, as did Mitt Romney, John McCain and Ron Paul. Refusing to respond to the questions were — revealingly — Giuliani, Thompson and Huckabee. Significantly, if not surprisingly, all of the candidates who did respond, with the exception of Romney, repudiated most of the key doctrines of the Bush/Cheney/Addington/Yoo theories of executive omnipotence… But by far the most extraordinary answers come from Mitt Romney. Romney’s responses — not to some of the questions but to every single one of them — are beyond disturbing. The powers he claims the President possesses are definitively — literally — tyrannical, unrecognizable in the pre-2001 American system of government and, in some meaningful ways, even beyond what the Bush/Cheney cadre of authoritarian legal theorists have claimed.”

McCain and Huckabee Unite Against Romney (Boston Globe)

McCain’s Unlikely Ties to K Street: 32 Lobbyists Bundle Funds for Longtime Critic (Washington Post 12/30/07)


McCain: OK to Stay in Iraq a Hundred or a Million Years (Mother Jones 1/3/08)

The United States military could stay in Iraq for “maybe a hundred years” and that “would be fine with me,” John McCain told two hundred or so people at a town hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire, on Thursday evening. Toward the end of this session, which was being held shortly before the Iowa caucuses were to start, McCain was confronted by Dave Tiffany, who calls himself a “full-time antiwar activist.” In a heated exchange, Tiffany told McCain that he had looked at McCain’s campaign website and had found no indication of how long McCain was willing to keep U.S. troops in Iraq. Arguing that George W. Bush’s escalation of troops has led to a decline in U.S. casualties, McCain noted that the United States still maintains troops in South Korea and Japan. He said he had no objection to U.S. soldiers staying in Iraq for decades, “as long as Americans are not being injured, harmed or killed.”

After the event ended, I asked McCain about his “hundred years” comment, and he reaffirmed the remark, excitedly declaring that U.S. troops could be in Iraq for “a thousand years” or “a million years,” as far as he was concerned. The key matter, he explained, was whether they were being killed or not: “It’s not American presence; it’s American casualties.” U.S. troops, he continued, are stationed in South Korea, Japan, Europe, Bosnia, and elsewhere as part of a “generally accepted policy of America’s multilateralism.” There’s nothing wrong with Iraq being part of that policy, providing the government in Baghdad does not object.

Newsflash McCain, the Iraqi citizens and their parliament tell us every day that they don’t ‘like’ being occupied. 


Giuliani claims it was ‘impossible’ for 9/11 firefighters to have had working radios, despite his sweetheart deal with Motorola and known problems with the system (Raw Story 12/23/07)


A Tale of Two Giulianis (Vanity Fair 1/08)


Bad Huck: The Unhinged Correspondence of Mike Huckabee (New Republic 12/19/07)


Huckabee clueless after Bhutto assassination, highlights glaring lack of foreign policy experience (Think Progress 12/28/07)


AP: Huckabee may have gone too far (AP/Yahoo 1/1/08)


Top 10 Moments of Huckabee Extremism (Alternet 12/28/07)


Paul Hits Huckabee on Taxes (Washington Post)


Part 1: Campaign Round-up

Part 2: The ‘Democrats’

Part 3: Ron Paul Special

Part 4: Giuliani and Romney

Part 5: Huckabee and McCain


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