Changes in the primary schedule, have candidates like Giuliani re-thinking their strategy. Florida (113) alone has more delegates than Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina combined (110). A win in Florida on Jan 29th, where he is popular with many former New Yorkers would also position him well for the mega-primary on Feb 5 that includes California, New York, Texas… Nearly 400 delegates (1/3 of those needed to be nominated) will be chosen in Florida, New York and California – 3 states Giuliani has a good chance of winning.
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/politics/content/state/epaper/2007/05/29/m1a_GOPPREZ_0529.html by Brian E. Crowley 5-29-2007
Texas has now voted to keep their primary election on March 4th and will not be a part of the mega-primary on February 5th.
If elected President, Mitt Romney said he would probably take the presidential salary, but would “donate at least that amount or more to charity.” Romney did not take his salary when serving as Governor of Massachussets. The wealthiest of the presidential candidates – his assets are somewhere between $190-250 million.
http://www.cnn.com/POLITICS/blogs/politicalticker/2007/05/what-would-romney-do-with-presidential.html by Mike Roselli and Lauren Kornreich 5-29-2007
The national parties now show the Iowa caucuses to be held on January 14 and the New Hampshire Primary on Jan 22. However, the calendar is still considered fluid as states consider when to hold their primary. Nevada for example, has scheduled it’s caucus for January 19th.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/05/25/politics/main2852363.shtml by Linda Feldman 5-25-2007
Senator Voinovich visited former Secretary of State Colin Powell recently and urged him to run for President in 2008. “I said, ‘You have a moral obligation and I have a moral obligation, and this country is running out of time, and I think we have a moral obligation to try to leave a better legacy than it looks like we’re going to leave to our kids.'”
http://www.dispatch.com/dispatch/content/editorials/stories/2007/05/06/hallett06.ART_ART_05-06-07_G5_SB6JDIH.html by Joe Hallett 5-6-2007
Former Federal Elections Commission Chair Michael Toner has been asked to be Fred Thompson’s lead lawyer. Tom Collamore, former Vice-President of Public Affairs at Altria has been asked to serve as Thompson’s campaign manager. Some believe Fred Thompson will formally announce his candidacy after the 2nd fundraising quarter ends June 30.
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/thefix/2007/05/toner_joins_thompson_staff.html?nav=rss_blog by Chrus Cillizza 5-22-2007
John Edwards stated recently in New York City that the President’s war on terror was little more than a “bumper sticker.”
Guiliani’s response: “If you think there’s a global war on terror as a slogan for George Bush, you are not facing reality. It kind of makes the point that I’ve been making over and over again, that the Democrats, or at least some of them, are in denial.”
Guiliani continued: “I guess this Democratic senator doesn’t remember it — bin Laden declared war on us. I don’t get fuzzy and romantic about it. I understand there are people in this world who want to come here and kill us.”
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-usrudy0524,0,3739311.story?coll=ny-top-headlines by Craig Gordon 5-23-2007
“We value the life of one as if it’s the life of all. And that’s why we go after the 12 year old Boy Scout in North Carolina when he’s lost. That’s why we look for the 13 miners in Sago, W. Virginia when the mine explodes. That’s why we go looking for the hikers on Mount Hood. Because we value life. That’s what separates us from the Islamic jihadists who are out to kill us.”
Senator McCain and Senator Cornyn got into a shouting match when Cornyn voiced concerns over the number of judical appeals illegal immigrants could receive in the immigration bill. McCain accused Cornyn of raising the issue in an attempt to torpedo the bill. McCain used a curse word associated with chickens. And shouted “(Expletive) you!”
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/capitol-briefing/2007/05/mccain_cornyn_cursing_showdown.html by Paul Kane 5-18-2007
Mitt Romney who a year ago characterized the bi-partisan effort as “reasonable proposals” now derides the plan as “amnesty” for illegal immigration.
Giuliani whose record is full of pro-immigration speeches has been silent so far on the debate.
Sam Brownback was a key McCain ally on immigration a year ago, but has recently renounced his support for this approach.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/14/AR2007051401356.html by Michael D. Shear 5-15-2007
Gingrich (against), McCain (for), Romney (against), and Fred Thompson (against)
http://race42008.com/2007/05/18/rudy-giuliani-is-rather-circumspect-about-an-immigration-bill-citizens-are-pounding-capitol-hill-with-phone-calls-about/ by Republius 5-18-2007