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Rudy Inc., or Rudy sink?

Mayor's client roster could hurt '08 hopes

BY DAVID SALTONSTALL
DAILY NEWS SENIOR CORRESPONDENT


Rudy Giuliani never shrank from defending his image as mayor, but as a businessman he's gone a step further - even trademarking his own name, the Daily News has learned.

The unusual step, revealed in a recent Giuliani company contract obtained by The News, states under the heading "Use of Mr. Giuliani's Name" that the "trade names and trademarks 'Rudolph Giuliani,' or 'Giuliani Partners LLC' . . . shall not be used . . . without prior written consent."

Doing anything that "tarnishes, degrades, disparages or reflects adversely on the Giuliani" name, it adds, will be grounds for terminating the contract
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As Giuliani now ponders a run for the White House, the document underscores what has become a central question of his candidacy - how will the former mayor's roster of mostly private business clients play when viewed through the harsh prism of presidential campaign politics?

It is clearly something the mayor's own people are worried about: In a list of potential "problems" written inside a Giuliani campaign dossier and obtained by The News last week from a source sympathetic to a rival campaign, the word "business" appears at the top of the list, above even his ex-wife, Donna Hanover


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McCain no longer rocks in Granite State
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Thursday, January 18, 2007 -

As Mitt, Hillary, Barack and a dozen others jump into the presidential stampede, something interesting is happening in New Hampshire.

For seven years, conventional wisdom has said that the state’s pivotal independent voters would line up behind maverick Sen. John McCain, as they did so famously in the 2000 GOP primary. But new polling data, to be released later this week, will suggest that might no longer be the case.

Manchester, N.H.-based American Research Group finds that McCain’s popularity among New Hampshire’s independent voters has collapsed.

“John McCain is tanking,” says ARG president Dick Bennett. “That’s the big thing [we’re finding]. In New Hampshire a year ago he got 49 percent among independent voters. That number’s way down, to 29 percent now.”


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[url=http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20070313_the_gop_waiting_game/]The GOP Waiting Game
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For Republicans, 2008 promises to be a disconcerting if exciting year because for the first time since the 1964 Goldwater insurgency, the party is struggling over its philosophical direction. The old conservatism is in crisis, Bush Republicanism (of the son’s variety but not the father’s) is a tainted brand, and no candidate has emerged as the Next New Thing that the party wants or needs.

That’s why Hagel, the Nebraska senator and Iraq war critic, suggested Monday that he might seek the presidency. It’s why Thompson, the actor and former senator from Tennessee, said on Fox News the day before that he was “giving some thought” to joining the race. And who knows whether Newt Gingrich will get in?

Hagel was onto something when he spoke of the country “experiencing a political reorientation, a redefining and moving toward a new political center of gravity” and of our current problems “overtaking the ideological debates of the last three decades.” And he hinted that he might seek the White House as an independent. “This movement is bigger than both parties,” he said, tantalizingly.

The Hagel Hint and the Thompson Tease are disturbing news for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the front-runner in the polls. Giuliani’s strength is as the remainder candidate. He is drawing support from Republicans who can’t bring themselves to back the previous front-runner, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, or former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who has a lot of party establishment support but hasn’t made the sale because of too much obvious flip-flopping.

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Anti-McCain vets ready salvo against Senator's presidential campaign

Two familiar faces will soon be dogging Senator John McCain on the campaign trail, as activist Vietnam Veterans Jerry Kiley and Ted Sampley resume a campaign they have conducted for years against the Arizona Republican and former prisoner of war.

Jerry Kiley filed papers last week to establish the nonpartisan group Vietnam Veterans Against John McCain. "When people truly get to know him, there's no possibility they'll consider him for president of the United States," says Kiley, who served in the Army and completed the Internal Revenue Service paperwork to establish the "527" group.

RAW STORY spoke last week with Kiley, as well as Ted Sampley, a North Carolina-based publisher who has been harshly criticizing McCain for more than 10 years. Sampley teamed up with Kiley in 2004 to found a similar group that targeted Senator John Kerry as he ran for president. They see McCain as an apologist for Vietnam's Communist government who sold out fellow POWs and servicemen missing in action from America's lengthy war in Southeast Asia.

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Catherine, you have done a great job keeping up with the various campaigns. Best coverage I have seen yet.

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Thank you, dori.. :D

I got a call yesterday morning from somebody wanting me to donate money to the Obama campaign. Starting very early, aren't they?

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They have that March 31 deadline.

But then, looks like we are going to have our candidate by the end of February '08. I still don't know who I want to be the candidate.

Certainly will not vote R no matter what!

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McCain Defends Surge During Iraq Visit

Sen. John McCain stood by his optimistic view of the surge on Sunday after visiting a Baghdad market under heavy guard with a group of Republican lawmakers wearing body armor. Southwest of Baghdad, six American soldiers were killed by roadside bombings.

McCain continues to be out of touch with REALITY. This is weird...as time goes by, he is behaving and sounding more and more like W! I look for him to change his name to GEORGE MCCAIN. :roll:

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McCain Resorts to Scare Tactics and Smears

John McCain characterized anti-war Democrats as short-sighted political opportunists on Wednesday, during a speech at the Virginia Military Institute in which he repeatedly invoked the specter of “another 9/11.” With unimpressive fundraising and disappointing polling, the Senator has made Iraq his signature issue in an effort to appeal to Republican primary voters.

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Mr. McCain, a Republican presidential candidate whose candidacy has been shaken by his support of the war, spoke in vivid and even apocalyptic terms as he offered a forceful call for the United States to press on with the battle of Iraq. And he repeatedly portrayed Democrats as acting out of political opportunism—and Republicans as acting on principle—in the debate in Washington over the future of this war.

“America has a vital interest in preventing the emergence of Iraq as a Wild West for terrorists, similar to Afghanistan before 9/11,” he said in a speech before hundreds of cadets, clad in their grey-and-white uniforms, at the Virginia Military Institute here. “By leaving Iraq before there is a stable Iraqi governing authority we risk precisely this, and the potential consequence of allowing terrorists sanctuary in Iraq is another 9/11 or worse. “

“In Iraq today, terrorists have resorted to levels of barbarism that shock the world, and we should not be so naïve as to believe their intentions are limited solely to the borders of that country,” Mr. McCain said. “We Americans are their primary enemy, and we Americans are their ultimate target.”


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[url=http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/rudy_giulianis_dubious_leadership/]Rudy Giuliani’s Dubious Leadership
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Before Rudolph W. Giuliani started to run for president, he specialized in writing books and delivering inspirational lectures on the topic of “leadership,” which is the theme for his campaign. He is telling America that in a time of war and terror, he is the leader we need. And he seems to be saying that the determination of “the leader” matters more than where the leader wants to take us or whether he knows where he is going.

If that sounds like the same primitive mind-set behind our current disaster, then consider yourself forewarned. Giuliani is a fervent admirer of George W. Bush—whose election he considers a result of “divine guidance”—and a dauntless supporter of the war in Iraq, which resulted from exactly the kind of leadership he advocates. Despite that highly unpopular position, the former New York City mayor leads the Republican presidential field in many polls.


Much of the Giuliani appeal is based on his admirable performance in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He has profited personally and politically from the real leadership he provided then. But his ambitions demand a dispassionate examination of his ideas and his record.

Giuliani’s fundamental argument is that 9/11 endowed him with special qualifications for the job he is seeking. “What they say in Washington is not going to affect the fact that there are terrorists around the world that are planning to come here and kill us,” he told voters in Iowa. “It is something I understand better than anyone else running for president.”

What exactly does he mean? If he is suggesting that he should be trusted to make critical judgments about national security and foreign policy, there is plenty of contrary evidence.


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Reaganite Rudy’s Faulty Memory

The only way for Rudolph Giuliani to protect his status as the Republican Party’s leading presidential aspirant is to distract his party’s primary voters from the long list of issues that divide them from him. So he constantly seeks to balance his moderate record on abortion, homosexual rights, gun control and immigration, which the Republican base abhors, with his authoritarian style and his grim enthusiasm for war, which the base admires.

But the war in Iraq is increasingly unpopular, so lately Giuliani is talking more about supply-side economics—and about Hillary Rodham Clinton, who irritates Republicans almost as much as taxes. During a campaign visit to California’s Silicon Valley on May 30, he resorted to familiar rhetoric in attacking his old rival.

What prompted Giuliani to pounce was Sen. Clinton’s forthright declaration that she would, if elected, roll back some of the Bush administration’s tax cuts for the richest Americans. “This would be an astounding, staggering tax increase,” he said at a fund-raiser that included technology executives and lobbyists. “She wants to go back to the 1990s. ... It would hurt our economy. It would hurt this area dramatically. That kind of tax increase would see a decline in your venture capital. It would see a decline in your ability to focus on new technology.”

Once again, Giuliani’s memory seems to be failing, as it did when he claimed that Ronald Reagan had stared down the Iranian mullahs (rather than secretly selling them missiles and giving them cakes). His mayoralty, which lasted from 1994 through 2001, closely coincided with the strongest decade of economic growth in American history. He should remember those fat times, because the city advanced smartly along with the rest of the nation.

In fact, if he tries hard enough, he might even recall that those years of peace and prosperity began with a bitter debate over taxes, when President Clinton was seeking to enact his first federal budget in 1993. [b]Upon entering the Oval Office, Clinton found to his dismayed surprise that his “fiscally conservative” predecessor had left a $290-billion deficit. He responded by imposing substantial tax increases on the top 1 percent of taxpayers and omitting the “middle-class tax cut” he had promised in his campaign. That measure passed by a single vote in the Senate, cast by Vice President Al Gore
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That measure passed by a single vote in the Senate, cast by Vice President Al Gore.


And the nation prospered.

Every time Bush says our economy is prospering under this regime, I wonder why he can't see all the people who are suffering.

Must be his tower is too high, eh?

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Ex-Watergate prober: Thompson 'was mole for the White House'

According to an article in Wednesday's Boston Globe, GOP presidential hopeful, and one-time Republican Senator from Tennessee, Fred Thompson leaked information to the Nixon white house during the height of the Watergate investigation. In his capacity as the Senate Watergate Committee minority counsel, Thompson tipped off Nixon's attorney that the committee was aware of the president's secret tapping device, and would be making the information public.

In his Watergate memoir, "At That Point in Time," Thompson recalls that he acted with "no authority" in disclosing this information to Nixon. Former investigator for the Democratic majority on the Watergate committee, Scott Armstrong, claims this was just one of many leaks Thompson provided to the Nixon administration.


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McCain loses three more staffers

Struggling 2008 Republican White House hopeful Senator John McCain is losing three more senior staff, following a purge of his campaign brain trust and a fundraising slump, aides said Monday.

Communications specialists Brian Jones, Matt David and Danny Diaz are leaving the Arizona's senator's cash-strapped operation this week, as the senator battles to keep his once front-running bid alive.

In keeping with the stripped down nature of the rest of the campaign, the new communications shop "will be scaled down," David said.

Last week, McCain's campaign manager Terry Nelson and top consultant John Weaver resigned, as the candidate, hamstrung by unpopular positions on Iraq, campaign finance reform and immigration, struggled for political traction.

The latest departures came as new fundraising figures revealed the depth of McCain's challenge just to keep campaigning, as the former Vietnam war hero's fundraising lags badly behind his rivals for the Republican nomination.


McCain might as well go home and call it quits.

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