Skip to comments.Meet the Press, Dissembling, and More (Levin Debunks Romney role in Iowa Rumor)
Posted on 01/27/2008 10:18:57 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
The hard-driving Tim Russert blew it. He allowed McCain to slip away with his dishonest characterization of Romney's statement, i.e., Romney never said he favored a specific time for withdrawal. McCain read the first part of the quote but not the second part, where Romney would veto a congressional time table. By now, everyone who is carefully following this knows that McCain's allegation is flatly false.
On another note, a rumor is making the rounds that Fred Thompson will endorse John McCain tomorrow.
I checked with somebody extremely close to the situation. Fred said the other day that he won't endorse for now, and he is not endorsing for now. I suspect this rumor is being leaked by the McCain camp, which was the source of the earlier rumor that Fred was planning on throwing his support behind McCain if he didn't score well in Iowa.
(Excerpt) Read more at corner.nationalreview.com ...
Instead, it's Mark Levin's clear statement that the "Fred is dropping out" rumor came from McCain's camp, and that it seems reasonable to think the false "Fred will endorse McCain" rumor is also coming from the McCain camp.
Bump and ping!
Coming from a supposed "friend", I bet Fred is spitting nails over this.
Then again, they were friends when Fred was in the Senate...quite a while ago.
Since Fred entered the race, competing against McCain, I bet things aren't good between the two of them, despite media reports.
McCain and Huckabee have emerged as the Really Rottens in the GOP Laff-A-Lympics, lying and cheating any way they can.
John McCain is a rotten liar.
McCain and Huckabee are no better and no worse than the liberals Giuliani and Romney. Not one of those four yahoos deserve to be the GOP nominee.
Romney and Giuliani haven’t played the dirty tricks that Huckabee and McCain have.
Giuliani has actually run the cleanest campaign of them all.
Originally it was thought that the rumor that Fred would drop out and endorse McCain after Iowa was from the Romney camp. Mark sounds very credible now that he’s got the goods it all started with the McCain campaign. Hmmm.
I do hope Fred does NOT endorse McCain. Better not to endorse anyone than do that. It will not earn McCain ONE new vote but it would garner some lack of respect from many solid FredHeads, who are mostly already moving in the Romney direction at this point.
LOL Romney and Giuliani have been lying about their political records since they announced. Truth is, Romney is a better liar than Giuliani and he’s got more money too. If nothing else Willard will buy the nomination.
Well, the rumors that Fred would throw his support to McCain have been flying around for a long time (even long before Fred withdrew from the campaign). It only makes sense that such rumors were coming from the McCain camp, as he is the only one who would benefit from making people believe he would endorse McCain.
Like Steve Forbes did? Or Bill Simon did in the California Governor's race a few years back? My point is that money alone won't do it. And I like candidates who use their their personal wealth to finance their campaigns. Better than having to sell yourself to sleazy opportunists.
Sorry, Mitt. It's called a Life membership and no, it's not retroactive.
As to the Fred-endorsing-McCain rumor, that's been around forever and Mark Levin has said recently that the rumor originated in the McCain camp. There's a current FR thread on that very subject.
It’s getting late - My earlier post was meant to go to you.
All the money in the world can't buy a winner if you don't have the message, the integrity, and the personality to deliver that message.
Look at Steve Forbes.
Or the Rockefeller's failed attempts.
Or Teddy Kennedy.
Or even Ross Perot fell flat, although he swiped enough votes to defeat GHWB.
An NRA non-member. :=) I am as well.
The difference that I see is that 1) Mitt didn't support gun rights earlier in his political career, 2) he recently and conveniently joined the NRA just in time for his campaign and 3) he uses the vague term life-long member incorrectly, implying that he's always been a member. Doing that slips right by anyone who's not paying close attention.
That explains why there are contradictory statements and rumors regarding Thompson. His legal advisors have gone to Romney's campaign, along with a lot of staff, so it would make little sense for Thompson to endorse McCain if all his supporters are of the mind to go for Romney.
I don't know that the moves that his staff have made are that good an indication of what Fred will do. Until he endorses someone, I'll take him at his word that he's not endorsing anybody, at least not yet. It would greatly surprise me if he were to endorse McCain though. The rumors of his endorsing McCain have been going on for quite some time, possibly before Iowa.
I admire and love Fred also.
But it was obvious 12 months ago before he even got into the race that Fred was tired and not up to the task of running for President.
He had to be dragged into it for heaven's sake, and only did it finally in Sept. because friends kept badgering him.
Fred can still be a great conservative motivator, but he is past his prime.
Well duh, Russert loves McCain for the same reason he loves Obama. They all agree on the issues.
f nothing else Willard will buy the nomination.
All the money in the world can’t buy a winner if you don’t have the message, the integrity, and the personality to deliver that message.even Ross Perot fell flat, although he swiped enough votes to defeat GHWB.
YUP you are correct sir, and MITT, he doesn’t have to buy anything...he’s already got all the important
shakers and doers on board the MITT EXPRESS...
and now it looks like
4. MARK is aboard..also
Either lazy, cheap or stupid. Take your pick.
Sounds like a demonRAT saying that they "support the troops".
If you don't support the NRA with your money, to say you "support" guns rights are just meaningless words.
BTW, guns don't have rights, people have the right to own guns.
Join the NRA, and then post that you "support" the right of people to own and carry guns.
No so called Republican has done more to undercut the conservative agenda than John McCain. Though Chuck Hagel, McCain’s Mini-Me, has been comical.
Last August, with a presidential bid clearly in focus, Romney joined the NRA, signing up not just as a supporter but a "life member."
The direct quote is is this blog post: Blog quote
Stephanopoulos: When did you join the NRA?And is reported on in this Boston Globe article: Globe article
Mitt Romney: Within the last year and I signed up for a lifelong membership. I think theyre doing good things and I believe in supporting the right to bear arms.
Speaking on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," Romney said he signed up for a life long membership "within the last year."
Have better things to discuss than whether not one truly shares a belief in something by forking over money for a membership card.
Guess you love Bloomberg and Corzine. LOL
Mike Bloomberg and John Corzine prove you wrong.
And with the weak field of candidates this time around Romney could come out on top. Even though his meaasge is trumped up, his integrity is in the toilet and his personality is phony.
McCains sudden rise was most likely dirty politics. Dirty coming from the “straight talkeR” whos has said he would never nominate an Alito for SCOTUS because Alito wears his conservatism on his sleeve.
JOHN MC CAIN DIRTBAG WELL KNOWN TURNCOAT.
Thanks, I always thought that sounded funny.
Major difference between "sharing a belief" and supporting.
One is an idea, the other requires real, tangible action.
But, like the demonRATs, it's the purity of your intentions that count.
I'd pay a lot of good money just to see Fred beat the snot outta him!
I'd give my first born to see him win the nomination.
"I guess we are realizing that, we don't realize what we have until it's gone."
Ain't it the truth...
I don't care for their politics but I do not hold it against them they hey are able to invest in their own campaigns. I think people should "put their money where their mouth is."
Its not a matter of holding it against them.
Its a matter of buying an election.
That is called, political elitism.
I would rather someone spend their own money than to be indebted to special interests. And in the end, it always takes more than money. Ask Steve Forbes and Bill Simon.