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Mitt Romney on 'Hannity & Colmes' (Romney Forces Beckell to Back Down!)
Fox News ^ | 08/15/07 | Fox News

Posted on 08/17/2007 6:53:10 AM PDT by Reaganesque

BOB BECKEL, GUEST CO-HOST: Governor, this is Bob Beckel in for Alan Colmes. You just said something interesting in your response before. You said that those are the kinds of things said by people on the other side. Are you suggesting that Barack Obama is on the other side of the United States on this war? You said the other side. I'm curious what you meant by that.

ROMNEY: I meant the other side of the aisle. Democrats have been saying — for instance, Harry Reid said we lost the war, forgetting of course that we knocked down Saddam Hussein and his military. And then when the surge was only days old, he said that the surge failing or had failed.

Consistently the Democrats are saying things which are playing into the hands of those who oppose our interest in the world and it is unfortunate. I don't believe for a minute these guys really think some of the things that they are saying. I think they hope they are appealing to the far left wing of their party. But I don't think it's going to work.

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BECKEL: Governor, you're very good at parsing words. I know understand why you're doing as well as you're doing. I don't think that you can play that back and read it any other way than you're suggesting those of us who oppose the war are somehow less of Americans. But let me ask you this question.

ROMNEY: Bob, I am not going to let you say that. Bob, that's not true.

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One of my biggest pet peeves about liberal interviewers is their habit of throwing out an accusation as a statement of fact and then moving onto the next question like nothing had happened. I have always wondered why more Republicans don't say what Mitt told Beckel here. Thank heaven someone finally called a liberal on that underhanded tactic! And, Mitt's response was so effective that, after the break, Beckel agrees with Mitt that Obama probably wishes he had his words about Afghanistan back. No apology of course, because, being a liberal means never having to say you're sorry.

Another line I enjoyed from the interview...

HANNITY: There was some criticism of your victory that he worked too hard, he invested time, effort money and he was successful. But it is only because he put the time and money, and I actually found that pretty comical.

I've been listening and reading the accusations of "Romney Bought the Straw Poll" and just have to laugh like Sean apparently did. What do you people think a straw poll is? It's all about organizational strength, building momentum, and fundraising. All of that cost's money. Straw polls have always been that way so, to feign shock that money was involved is just plain funny right there, I don't care who y' are.

1 posted on 08/17/2007 6:53:14 AM PDT by Reaganesque
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To: Austin1; bcbuster; beaversmom; bethtopaz; BlueAngel; Bluestateredman; borntoraisehogs; Bosco; ...
Mitt Ping!

• Send FReep Mail to Unmarked Package to get [ON] or [OFF] the Mitt Romney Ping List


2 posted on 08/17/2007 6:54:34 AM PDT by Reaganesque (Romney for President 2008)
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To: Reaganesque

FYI, fellow Mitt fans! The Romney Ping list stands at 121 screen names. As Rush would say...”growing by leaps and bounds!”


3 posted on 08/17/2007 7:00:50 AM PDT by Reaganesque (Romney for President 2008)
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ROMNEY: Bob, I am not going to let you say that. Bob, that's not true.

Of course people who oppose the war are great Americans and patriots.

Really?

4 posted on 08/17/2007 7:02:21 AM PDT by Doofer (Fred Dalton Thompson For President)
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To: Reaganesque

Beckell is not so much a liberal but more of a democrat party hack. I remember that Fox had him sit in on a Saturday morning finance show (God knows why) and when he started doing his political spin Wayne Rodgers kicked his ass and called him a moron. Beckell looked like he had his feelings hurt.


5 posted on 08/17/2007 7:05:40 AM PDT by misterrob (There's no difference between a knee jerk liberal and a knee jerk conservative.)
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To: Doofer

I’m waiting for a candidate not afraid to tell the party of treason to knock it off and quit enabling our enemies. I want a candidate to challenge the Dems to differentiate their positions from al Quaeda’s. Someone needs to take the gloves off, on national TV, and put these traitors down meanly and openly. Call them out for the increased danger they place on our troops. Tell the U.S.A. that we are behind our soldiers, and the Dems are not. Let’s get it on - truth, honor, and integrity are what we have. The other side has sniping and misinformation and hatred.


6 posted on 08/17/2007 7:07:01 AM PDT by mallardx
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To: Doofer
Note that he didn't say all. There are those on the Left who truly feel that war is wrong. They are nowhere near the majority, however, nor do I personally think there are very many of them. But they do exist and people who legitimately feel that way have a right, as good Americans, to do so despite the machinations of unscrupulous left-wing (and a few right-wing) politicians.
7 posted on 08/17/2007 7:07:18 AM PDT by Reaganesque (Romney for President 2008)
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To: misterrob

That would have been fun to see! BTW, I whole heartedly agree with your tag-line. Left or Right, they’re both jerks!


8 posted on 08/17/2007 7:09:30 AM PDT by Reaganesque (Romney for President 2008)
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To: Reaganesque

The simple fact is Romney is running a very good campaign, and seems to be getting better, while others like Guiliani have ‘flattened out’...or imploded like McCain or the tinfoil sets’ hero Ron Paul.

This is a three person race, and I suspect that after the first two primaries it will be a two person race, maybe even ‘over’ for all intents and purposes.

We’ll see.


9 posted on 08/17/2007 7:11:22 AM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: Doofer
ROMNEY: Bob, I am not going to let you say that. Bob, that's not true. Of course people who oppose the war are great Americans and patriots. Really?

Yes, I do think some are and some are not.

10 posted on 08/17/2007 7:12:37 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: Reaganesque
Would someone enlighten me. Why is this Beckel given any credence on anything?? Just what has this nothing accomplished outside of being a flack for the Dums.
11 posted on 08/17/2007 7:14:53 AM PDT by JayAr36 (There are no stupid questions, unless asked by a reporter.)
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To: mallardx

well said. if you run i’ll vote for you.


12 posted on 08/17/2007 7:15:47 AM PDT by Defend the Second (Let Me Get This Straight: Illegal Invasion is OK, but Legal Expulsion is Not?)
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To: Reaganesque
One of my biggest pet peeves about liberal interviewers is their habit of throwing out an accusation as a statement of fact and then moving onto the next question like nothing had happened.

This is why they're called the "drive-by media".

13 posted on 08/17/2007 7:18:19 AM PDT by snarkpup (We need to replace our politicians before they replace us.)
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To: Doofer

“Really?”

Opposing the war doesn’t make one anti-American, nor does it make one Unpatriotic by any means, simply put they have a different opinion of direction, albeit difficult to imagine how being nice/talking/negotiating with Barbarians can possibly succeed.


14 posted on 08/17/2007 7:19:07 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...call 'em what you will...They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: mallardx

Me too! I cringe every time someone like Hannity says; “We’re not questioning your patriotism”. Well damnit, I do!


15 posted on 08/17/2007 7:23:10 AM PDT by stevio ((NRA))
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To: rhombus
I agree. Some patriotic Americans feel that our military should be protecting OUR borders.

I have always supported our military. But I am sickened by what was done to the Serbs. I am horrified that this country killed over three-thousand Serbs, mostly women and children. The Serbs had never done anything to us and never posed a threat. This was done under the Clinton regime with a big push from Albright.

Yes, one can be a patriotic American while opposing, rightly or wrongly, certain military actions.

16 posted on 08/17/2007 7:27:31 AM PDT by Dante3
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To: Dante3
I have always supported our military. But I am sickened by what was done to the Serbs. I am horrified that this country killed over three-thousand Serbs, mostly women and children. The Serbs had never done anything to us and never posed a threat. This was done under the Clinton regime with a big push from Albright.

Yes, one can be a patriotic American while opposing, rightly or wrongly, certain military actions.

I would second that statement. But I really do not care one bit what those two liberals, rommey and becktel, said in their little cat fight, in the end they agree about more than they disagree.

17 posted on 08/17/2007 7:36:38 AM PDT by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: Reaganesque

Has anyone found that pic of Mitt without his shirt on?


18 posted on 08/17/2007 7:37:22 AM PDT by libbylu
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To: stevio

“you’re suggesting those of us who oppose the war are somehow less of Americans”

Well, Mitt’s not...but I’ll certainly pick up the slack on that one.


19 posted on 08/17/2007 7:43:23 AM PDT by Right Cal Gal (Remember Billy Dale!!!)
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To: Reaganesque
...you're suggesting those of us who oppose the war are somehow less of Americans.

WAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!

If you're not guilty, Beckel, don't confess.

20 posted on 08/17/2007 7:44:31 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ( America: “...the most benign hegemon in history.” —Mark Steyn)
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To: stevio

I wish someone had the balls to call them what they are—traitors.


21 posted on 08/17/2007 7:45:43 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: All

Beckell is nothing more than a political hack...given to a loud voice that often drowns out anyone else who might be trying to speak. Dims are nothing more than noise...because they cannot speak intelligently on the issues, one on one.


22 posted on 08/17/2007 7:49:28 AM PDT by cousair
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To: mallardx

Absolutely right. I said six months ago, that whether it was Rudy, Romney, DOESN’T MATTER-—the first person to consistently and clearly attack these people will win the nomination, period. You don’t call them “patriotic Americans” anymore than you call a guy who is always seen with another woman, who never wears his wedding ring, who criticizes his wife in public at every opportunity a “loving husband.”


23 posted on 08/17/2007 8:00:13 AM PDT by LS (``)
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To: JayAr36

Well, he did write a check to a prostitute. I guess that counts for something.


24 posted on 08/17/2007 8:08:55 AM PDT by Betty Jane
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To: beaversmom

You are correct. I felt by “other side “ Gov Romney was truthfully saying such false claims of war crimes were made by those on the other side of the conflict.


25 posted on 08/17/2007 8:10:24 AM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it , freedom has a flavor the protected will never know. F Troop)
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To: beaversmom; Right Cal Gal; Petronski; Tax-chick; Dante3; rhombus; stevio; rockinqsranch; ...
In time of war, people who are antiwar, who undermine our troops in the field, who try to deny the financing necessary to outright victory, who make the enemy's political propaganda for the enemy in the context of our own politics, who eagerly provide aid and comfort to our enemies, who resist the government's efforts to wage war, regardless of political party or purported ideology ARE, in common parlance, if not criminal law, TRAITORS! On an ongoing basis, they show the wisdom of the Vietnam War era bumper sticker: America, Love It or Leave It! Let them go live under the Taliban or the Al Qaeda whom they clearly prefer to their own country.

Today's antiwar antiAmerican obsessives are simply the 21st century equivalent of the Americong of the Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman, Hanoi Jane Fonda, Benjamin Spock, William Sloane Coffin, Jr., William Kunstler, George McGovern, et al., or of the Tokyo Rose and Axis Sally and Ezra Pound type from WW II. By comparison, Benedict Arnold was a more honorable man who, at least, had the excuse that Congress refused to pay his troops as promised while funding less successful armies. Not an honorable man, obviously, but a MORE honorable man than our contemporary traitors.

Also, Mrs. Arkansas Antichrist goes publicly berserk at the suggestion of the truth that she is essentially a treasonous weasel. That means the accusation is truthful and that she is reacting like a vampire doused in holy water.

26 posted on 08/17/2007 8:14:32 AM PDT by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline of the Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Club)
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To: misterrob

Beckell IS a moron. Half the time you can’t understand what he is saying. He’s sarcastic, nasty and slovenly in his appearance.


27 posted on 08/17/2007 8:32:54 AM PDT by cubreporter ( Rush has done more for our country from where he sits than anyone will ever know.)
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To: mallardx

amen, amen, amen, amen, amen. Won’t happen though.


28 posted on 08/17/2007 8:33:43 AM PDT by cubreporter ( Rush has done more for our country from where he sits than anyone will ever know.)
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To: stevio

OR he calls someone “ my friend” well, if THEY are his friends...then hannity is no friend of mine. But he never has been anyway so...


29 posted on 08/17/2007 8:34:50 AM PDT by cubreporter ( Rush has done more for our country from where he sits than anyone will ever know.)
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To: stevio
It depends on the situation. Surely anyone who supports an invasion of this country and throws up their hands and says too many are already here so lets not do anything may be accused of treason.

Just because the Feds do something, does not make it right. An example is President Bush and our senators' push for amnesty for illegals, many of whom are terrorists, pedophiles, and other lowlife. No way will I support it.

Just because the Commander in Chief orders our troops to kill Serbs, mostly women and children, does not make it right. This action was not even in the best interest of the US, but quite the opposite. To imply that someone who opposes killing of the Serbs is a traitor is absurd.

30 posted on 08/17/2007 8:36:40 AM PDT by Dante3
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To: JayAr36
Would someone enlighten me. Why is this Beckel given any credence on anything?? Just what has this nothing accomplished outside of being a flack for the Dums.

Beckel is the equivalent of the Generals a basketball team that toured the world with the Harlem Globetrotters. They're existence depended on being humiliated and getting their a@@es kicked every night.

On a more humane note, Beckel is a recovering alcoholic and I wish him continued recovery, health and peace.

31 posted on 08/17/2007 8:39:25 AM PDT by Ramcat (Thank You American Veterans)
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To: Dante3
To imply that someone who opposes killing of the Serbs is a traitor is absurd.

Well I totally agree with you on that one. But that's not what's at issue here. The democrats are actively trying to defeat us in Iraq, that to me, is traitorous and I wish someone higher up was willing to call them on it.

32 posted on 08/17/2007 8:42:25 AM PDT by stevio ((NRA))
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To: Reaganesque

I agree with you about your pet peeve. I have another one - Republicans who back down and say I’m not saying their unpatriotic. It’s time to stand up. For once, I would like to see one of these people stand up and say, you see this picture of these people carrying the sign saying WE WILL SUPPORT THE TROOPS WHEN THEY TURN AROUND AND SHOOT THEIR OFFICERS! To date, not one Dem has comdemed that sign. In essence, they agree with it. Now Bob, is that patriotic?


33 posted on 08/17/2007 8:51:37 AM PDT by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: JayAr36

Sean upset me the other day on his radio program. He was talking to some woman who caught her husband cheating, they were discussing the dimwit who got caught because he sent flowers to his lover. Anyway, Sean makes the statmeent “...or like Jerry Springer, write a check to a prostitute...” Sorry Sean, that was your buddy Bob Beckel who did that!


34 posted on 08/17/2007 8:54:46 AM PDT by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: Reaganesque

Mitt delivered a slap down to Bob “Hooker Afficianado” Beckel? I knew I liked Romney for a reason.


35 posted on 08/17/2007 9:02:49 AM PDT by exile ("Is Barney Frank gay or retarded?" - IMAO)
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To: Doofer

Yes. There can be some patriotic and good Americans who oppose the war, but do not demoralize the troops, demean the mission or divide the country in the process. They are entitled to their wrong opinion as long as they are not emboldening the enemy and hurting the troops.


36 posted on 08/17/2007 9:03:51 AM PDT by redgirlinabluestate (www.MittReport.com)
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To: BlackElk
Also, Mrs. Arkansas Antichrist goes publicly berserk at the suggestion of the truth that she is essentially a treasonous weasel. That means the accusation is truthful and that she is reacting like a vampire doused in holy water.

LOL. That one will probalby win my FR LOL award for the day.
37 posted on 08/17/2007 9:08:54 AM PDT by khnyny (The best minds are not in government. If they were, business would hire them away. Ronald Reagan)
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To: misterrob
I remember that Fox had him sit in on a Saturday morning finance show (God knows why)

They needed someone to beat up.

38 posted on 08/17/2007 9:26:46 AM PDT by shekkian
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To: misterrob

“I remember that Fox had him sit in on a Saturday morning finance show (God knows why)...”

Dick Morris was too busy having his toes sucked on.


39 posted on 08/17/2007 9:32:52 AM PDT by toddlintown (Six bullets and Lennon goes down. Yet not one hit Yoko. Discuss.)
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To: Reaganesque

“BECKEL: Governor, you’re very good at parsing words.”

Bob, you’re in a battle of wits and you forgot to bring your weapons. There was no word parsing going on, he said plain and simple exactly what he mean’t. Another point for Romney in my book.


40 posted on 08/17/2007 10:16:20 AM PDT by Grunthor (When life gives you lemons, you throw them at the mean people and hope it gets them in the eyes.)
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To: Doofer

“Of course people who oppose the war are great Americans and patriots.”

You can believe that the war in Iraq was a monumental mistake and still be someone that loves this country. Heck, you could even be a Republican.


41 posted on 08/17/2007 10:17:41 AM PDT by Grunthor (When life gives you lemons, you throw them at the mean people and hope it gets them in the eyes.)
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To: Reaganesque

The ping list has 121 - yahoo! And I believe we are all volunteers, at least I am and I go on pure conviction.


42 posted on 08/17/2007 10:27:40 AM PDT by Saundra Duffy (Romney Rocks!!!)
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To: Reaganesque

ROMNEY to Beckel: “You must not be going to my meetings, because every single speech I give that I can think of, every one of my — we call them “Ask Mitt Anything” town halls, I talk about my health care plan, which is a way to get people in this country insured without expanding government programs, without expanding Medicaid, but instead helping people get private market-based insurance.

“So it’s one of the things I’m most proud of. And I hope I get a chance to debate Hillary Clinton on the very topic because when I’m asked what the biggest difference is between my plan and her plan, I’ll say that mine got passed.”

I am tellin’ ya - I can’t wait for Mitt to debate Hill on health care!!!!!!!!!!!!


43 posted on 08/17/2007 10:35:45 AM PDT by Saundra Duffy (Romney Rocks!!!)
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To: libbylu

I...uh...there’s a picture of Mitt without a shirt on? Can’t say that I’ve seen it. Hey, if it worked for Obama...


44 posted on 08/17/2007 10:39:34 AM PDT by Reaganesque (Romney for President 2008)
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To: Reaganesque

I watched it the other night. Beckel was horrible. Just vicious towards everyone. Mitt handled him well.


45 posted on 08/17/2007 11:30:30 AM PDT by Canticle_of_Deborah (Catholic4Mitt)
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To: libbylu

LOL LOL ;-)


46 posted on 08/17/2007 11:31:05 AM PDT by Canticle_of_Deborah (Catholic4Mitt)
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To: Reaganesque; libbylu

You know, if that picture surfaces around general election time, pretty soon there will be calls for Hillary to,er......well.....


47 posted on 08/17/2007 11:36:13 AM PDT by Canticle_of_Deborah (Catholic4Mitt)
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To: Reaganesque
This performance by Romney is just magnificant. Standing tall, he sticks to his conservative ground, has pistols in each hand, and is blazing away. No other GOP candidate could do this, and especially not Freeper Fave Fred.

Romney has massive political talent, which will continue to tell as the months unfold.

48 posted on 08/17/2007 11:45:09 AM PDT by Plutarch
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To: misterrob

Did Rodgers give him advice on investing in prostitutes with post-dated checks?


49 posted on 08/17/2007 11:52:41 AM PDT by Fledermaus (Get a colonoscopy - Ron Paulyps could be cancerous!)
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To: Plutarch

>>>No other GOP candidate could do this, and especially not Freeper Fave Fred.<<<

I’m obviously a Mitt fan, but I think Thompson can hold his own pretty well when faced with criticism. He’s generally best when he can come up with something smug and when he acts non-pluss. That said, I could see him getting broad-sided a lot easier than Romney could, and I’ve seen a few deer in the headlights moments from him.

I do like Romney’s style when dealing with the Democrats. He turns to shoot straight and deliver his barbs in the vehicle of reason. It makes him come across as far more competent and far less nasty than the likes of Hiillary Clinton or Charles Schumer, for instance.


50 posted on 08/17/2007 2:53:16 PM PDT by CheyennePress
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