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Klayman Calls GOP Leaders in Senate `Gutless'
The Ledger ^ | March 24, 2004 | Brendan Farrington

Posted on 03/23/2004 4:52:19 AM PST by MikeJ75

MIAMI -- Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate have helped run up a record federal deficit, haven't made tough budget cuts, and failed President Bush. Larry Klayman says he's someone who would be a "true" Republican in Washington who wouldn't go along simply because he was in the majority party.

"I support the president, but I think he's gotten bad advice and he's going along with the Senate leadership who wanted to hand out all these goodies," said Klayman, who's running for the GOP Senate nomination.

Klayman, 52, said he can help the president by coming to the Senate as an outsider and taking the heat for a tough stand on the budget. He called the current Senate leadership "gutless."

"I'm not going up to Washington to go along and get along. I'm going to be very respectful, but I'm going to be a true Republican," he said. "The Senate Republican leadership has failed the president and failed the country with a budget deficit of $5.75 trillion over the next 10 years. We have to balance that budget."

Klayman spoke during a wideranging interview with reporters and an editor of The Associated Press. Klayman is the founder of Judicial Watch, the conservative, Washington-based watchdog group that he left to run for Senate. He has also worked as a Justice Department lawyer and international trade attorney.

Klayman said he would have voted against the Medicare prescription drug bill Bush signed in December. Democrats have attacked the administration after it acknowledged the law will cost $534 billion over 10 years, compared to the $395 billion estimated by congressional budget analysts. Klayman said it was too expensive even before the cost estimate ballooned.

"We have a busted budget by $534 billion and that's a lot of money which we don't have," he said. "If you're a true Republican and a true conservative, like I like to think I am, that's a cause of great concern to you because our kids and grandkids are going to be bankrupt."

He also plans to investigate the Food and Drug Administration because efforts to lower prescription drug prices appear to have been blocked by special interests. He cited governments' inability to negotiate bulk rates from drug manufacturers and the agency's refusal to allow American madedrugs to be reimported from countries like Canada, where they sell for far less.

"I'm very concerned that the special interests in Washington are the ones who have lobbied so hard to put up this resistance where in fact, logically there should be no resistance," he said.

President Bush also received bad advice on going to war with Iraq, Klayman said, adding he should have acted to remove Saddam Hussein sooner.

"It's logical that we couldn't find weapons of mass destruction because he had a year to give them away. Clearly he had biological and chemical weapons and they're probably in the hands of other terrorists right now," Klayman said.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: fda; fundraisertimeagain; iraq; klayman; larryklayman; medicare

1 posted on 03/23/2004 4:52:20 AM PST by MikeJ75
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To: MikeJ75
Klayman is such an ass.

Now sue me, Larry.

2 posted on 03/23/2004 4:55:14 AM PST by Glenn (The two keys to character: 1) Learn how to keep a secret. 2) ...)
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To: Glenn
its true about our republican senators tho...completely spineless
3 posted on 03/23/2004 4:57:02 AM PST by rrrod
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To: MikeJ75
Sounds like he speaks the truth to me.
4 posted on 03/23/2004 4:57:43 AM PST by Future Snake Eater ("Oh boy, I can't wait to eat that monkey!"--Abe Simpson)
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To: rrrod
Yes I agree they are spineless. They are the majority party and they act like they are in the minority.They allow buttheads like Ted Kennedy to badmouth our President without being censured for his lies.
5 posted on 03/23/2004 4:59:25 AM PST by sgtbono2002 (I aint wrong, I aint sorry , and I am probably going to do it again.)
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To: sgtbono2002
ive not seen a single republican senator take a stand...this is an outrage!
6 posted on 03/23/2004 5:00:34 AM PST by rrrod
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To: Glenn
Klayman is such an ass. Now sue me, Larry.

Tell us what you disagree with.

7 posted on 03/23/2004 5:01:45 AM PST by ontos-on
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To: MikeJ75
Klayman should know as he is brainless and unprincipled. What a joke? Why doesnt he run as a splinter part of the Constitutional Party or the John Birch Society. Or maybe just as a member of the "Im an ambulance chasing whore party."
8 posted on 03/23/2004 5:02:28 AM PST by Dave S
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To: ontos-on
Tell us what you disagree with.

I've disliked Klayman for many years. Anything he says should be taken with a grain of salt. The man wears scale suits.

9 posted on 03/23/2004 5:03:38 AM PST by Glenn (The two keys to character: 1) Learn how to keep a secret. 2) ...)
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To: MikeJ75
My all time favorite Klayman scene was when the Judge in the Florida vote controversy told him to sit down and shut up.
10 posted on 03/23/2004 5:04:27 AM PST by Dave S
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To: Glenn
Tell us what you disagree with.

Tell us what you disagree with.

Tell us what you disagree with.

what is the what that you disagree with, the fact that you dislike him does not amount to much in and of itself.

11 posted on 03/23/2004 5:08:42 AM PST by ontos-on
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To: ontos-on
what is the what that you disagree with, the fact that you dislike him does not amount to much in and of itself.

The fact is, I merely came on this thread to call Klayman an ass because I dislike the snake.

Nothing he says is worth listening to.

Do you understand now?

12 posted on 03/23/2004 5:12:22 AM PST by Glenn (The two keys to character: 1) Learn how to keep a secret. 2) ...)
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To: MikeJ75
He called the current Senate leadership "gutless."

this we know..

13 posted on 03/23/2004 5:16:27 AM PST by The Mayor (Instead of grumbling because you don't get what you want, be thankful you don't get what you deserve)
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To: Glenn
At least he's got the right speech...His sounds better than anything else coming out of Washington...But he must realize that his opponents will be financed by the special interests he opposes...
An anti-establishment/pro people Republican candidate...Now that's different...
14 posted on 03/23/2004 5:18:08 AM PST by Iscool
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To: Miss Marple; Howlin; PhiKapMom; Amelia; DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
If you need a smile to start the day, maybe this will bring one your way.......

Now money, ol' Lar knew a little about the fundraising part or so it seems.
15 posted on 03/23/2004 5:19:13 AM PST by deport (("These guys are the most crooked, you know, lying group I have ever seen. It's scary," Kerry said.)
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To: Iscool
An anti-establishment/pro people Republican candidate

A guy who sued his own mother. A snake who sued Bush and placed him on the same level as Clinton. A worthless mob-boss fundraiser with a JD.

He'd say anything and do anything to get what he wants. A weasel if there ever was one.

16 posted on 03/23/2004 5:20:47 AM PST by Glenn (The two keys to character: 1) Learn how to keep a secret. 2) ...)
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To: MikeJ75
If Klayman never says another thing, indeed the pubs in congress are gutless.
17 posted on 03/23/2004 5:22:07 AM PST by cynicom
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To: Iscool; hchutch; Glenn
Judicial Watch spends the vast majority (90+%) of its donations on...soliciting more donations.

Klayman has invented the self-licking ice cream cone.

18 posted on 03/23/2004 5:24:27 AM PST by Poohbah ("Would you mind not shooting at the thermonuclear weapons?" -- Maj. Vic Deakins, USAF)
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To: Glenn
He'd say anything and do anything to get what he wants. A weasel if there ever was one.

So what's another weasel in Washington??? At least this one may try to represent the people...

19 posted on 03/23/2004 5:24:48 AM PST by Iscool
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To: Glenn
I think he wasted a really good opportunity to do some good with Judicial Watch. He screwed it up.

But, as far as his quotes in the article, he's right. That's the trouble with him. He starts out with the right idea, then goes all squirrely.

20 posted on 03/23/2004 5:24:57 AM PST by ovrtaxt ( Communism has bowed the knee to Jesus. *** Allah is next.)
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To: Glenn
As Don Adams has found out to his sorrow, Klayman personifies the adage, "Talk is cheap...unless you're hiring a lawyer."
21 posted on 03/23/2004 5:27:01 AM PST by Poohbah ("Would you mind not shooting at the thermonuclear weapons?" -- Maj. Vic Deakins, USAF)
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To: MikeJ75
He may be an a$$, but he is speaking the truth. Our senators are mice, not men! I think we may have to remind them just who is the boss! WE ARE!!
22 posted on 03/23/2004 5:27:54 AM PST by TMSuchman (Vote like a lemming, vote demo-RAT! & The only wasted vote, is one not used!)
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To: TMSuchman
He may be an a$$, but he is speaking the truth. Our senators are mice, not men!

True.

I think we may have to remind them just who is the boss!

They are painfully aware of that.

WE ARE!!

Who's "we?"

If you mean conservatives, you're wrong; we're still a minority.

If you mean the voting public, you're absolutely right--but the voting public, at large disagrees with some elements of conservative thought (such as reducing government spending).

23 posted on 03/23/2004 5:32:27 AM PST by Poohbah ("Would you mind not shooting at the thermonuclear weapons?" -- Maj. Vic Deakins, USAF)
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To: Glenn
I've disliked Klayman for many years.

Like him or not, this time he's got a valid point.

24 posted on 03/23/2004 5:34:31 AM PST by JimRed (Fight election fraud! Volunteer as a local poll watcher, challenger or district official.)
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To: rrrod
It has to be FBI files.
25 posted on 03/23/2004 5:39:47 AM PST by Let's Roll (Kerry) is a self-confessed unindicted war criminal or... a traitor to his country in a time of war)
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To: The Mayor
Larry doesn't overlook the obvious. That's a good start.
26 posted on 03/23/2004 5:40:02 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: deport
Another smile: Klayman claims to be an out-sider.
27 posted on 03/23/2004 5:45:18 AM PST by Carolinamom
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To: deport
Make that a guffaw.
28 posted on 03/23/2004 5:46:22 AM PST by Carolinamom
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To: MikeJ75
If he supports the President .. then why did he sue the President?
29 posted on 03/23/2004 5:47:14 AM PST by Mo1 (Do you want a president who injects poison into his skull for vanity?)
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To: MikeJ75
Larry, you talk right, but you're still an ambulance chaser.
30 posted on 03/23/2004 5:47:20 AM PST by Dan from Michigan (""I don't need no doctor"")
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To: Glenn
I've disliked Klayman for many years.

So your criticism of this article is simply an ad hominum (against Klayman) and not based on anything said in the article? An interesting twist on "if you don't like the message shoot the messenger": If you don't like the messenger, ignore the message?

31 posted on 03/23/2004 5:57:51 AM PST by templar
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To: templar
So your criticism of this article is simply an ad hominum (against Klayman) and not based on anything said in the article?

I admitted that in a previous post.

I'm not shooting any messenger. I'm trying my best to piss in Klayman's corn flakes. Many people may not remember him in his prime and I think that message needs to be delivered.

32 posted on 03/23/2004 6:08:09 AM PST by Glenn (The two keys to character: 1) Learn how to keep a secret. 2) ...)
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To: Glenn
A weasel if there ever was one.

If we discovered iron-clad proof that Larry Klayman masterminded the 9-11 Massacre, sold the secret of the atomic bomb to the Soviets, destroyed the Lost Colony of Roanoake, instigated the Children's Crusade, and arranged the Crucifixion, none of that would change the fact that the Republican Senate "leadership" is, indeed, gutless.

33 posted on 03/23/2004 6:13:29 AM PST by steve-b
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To: steve-b
none of that would change the fact that the Republican Senate "leadership" is, indeed, gutless.

I, for one, didn't need Klayman to point that out. It doesn't make him a sage worthy of a seat in the game.

35 posted on 03/23/2004 7:36:17 AM PST by Glenn (The two keys to character: 1) Learn how to keep a secret. 2) ...)
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To: Dave S
Republicans cant kick conservatives out of the party fast enough, when we finally go they will bitch thet *WE* put the next Dem in the whitehouse...
36 posted on 03/23/2004 7:41:00 AM PST by N3WBI3
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To: ontos-on
Klayman is a fund raising ass who has done NOTHING to bring the Clintonistas to account for their crimes, all the while sending requests for more money to fight corruption...he is a parasite....BUT, he is dead right about the GOP senate.
37 posted on 03/23/2004 7:44:45 AM PST by Moby Grape
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To: deport; Howlin; DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet; Miss Marple
Klayman is the founder of Judicial Watch, the conservative, Washington-based watchdog group that he left to run for Senate...."If you're a true Republican and a true conservative, like I like to think I am....."

Hmmmmm. JW has gone from "conservative" to "non-partisan" back to "conservative" I see.

Was Klayman also being a "true Republican" when he and the Sierra Club sued Vice-President Cheney?

38 posted on 03/23/2004 7:19:49 PM PST by Amelia
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To: Glenn
LOL!
39 posted on 03/23/2004 7:26:50 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Dave S
"I'm Larry Klayman from the non-partisan group, Judical Watch."

I bet they are STILL laughing at that one.
40 posted on 03/23/2004 7:28:12 PM PST by Howlin
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To: deport
"I support the president..."

But I'm suing the vice president!

41 posted on 03/23/2004 7:29:39 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Glenn
The fact is, I merely came on this thread to call Klayman an ass because I dislike the snake.

Nothing he says is worth listening to.

Do you understand now?

No, what could I understand other than you do not like him? This is apparetnly personal and I have no clue as to what it is based on. You have not advanced a reason. Do you understand what is lacking in your post, now?

42 posted on 03/25/2004 3:11:07 AM PST by ontos-on
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To: ontos-on
You have not advanced a reason.

It's apparent to a lot of posters on this thread. Sorry if you didn't come to the party with a context.

43 posted on 03/25/2004 3:28:30 AM PST by Glenn (The two keys to character: 1) Learn how to keep a secret. 2) ...)
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To: Glenn
It's apparent to a lot of posters on this thread. Sorry if you didn't come to the party with a context

...And I will leave the party without your context, because you are unwilling/unable to articulate it in less words than you have taken to ensure me that you do not like the man. That reluctance is more peculiar than your opinion.

44 posted on 03/25/2004 5:27:46 AM PST by ontos-on
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To: MikeJ75
He's right: They ARE gutless, especially Hatch and Frist.
45 posted on 03/25/2004 5:35:51 AM PST by ought-six
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