Edwards‘ ad buy
Former Sen. John Edwards, North Carolina Democrat, went up on the New Hampshire airwaves yesterday with what his campaign called a major buy in the key early-primary state.
The New Hampshire ad, posted yesterday on The Washington Times’ blog Fishwrap, includes his standard stump line: “It’s time for the president of the United States to ask Americans to be patriotic about something other than war.”
Deputy Campaign Manager Jonathan Prince told reporters on a conference call that Monday’s “Haircuts and hatchet jobs” e-mail complaining about political attacks, as noted in this column yesterday, was “one of our best fundraising e-mails of the entire campaign.”
The campaign sent a new note yesterday with the subject “The Right Wing’s Worst Nightmare” and featuring a photo of political commentator Ann Coulter. It used her comments Monday morning on “Good Morning America” to raise money, a successful tactic earlier this year after Miss Coulter used a homosexual slur when speaking about Mr. Edwards.
Asked about it on the show, Miss Coulter said, “I wouldn’t insult gays by comparing them to John Edwards. Now, that would be mean. But about the same time, you know, Bill Maher was not joking and saying he wished Dick Cheney had been killed in a terrorist attack. So I’ve learned my lesson. If I’m gonna say anything about John Edwards in the future, I’ll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot.”
The Edwards fundraising solicitation didn’t use the entire quote; instead, it started with “If I’m going to say anything … .”
A party ‘in denial’
Republican presidential candidate Rudolph W. Giuliani said yesterday that Democrats are in denial about the threat to the nation from Islamic terrorists.
The former New York mayor blamed former President Bill Clinton for failing to respond forcefully enough to the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center or to later terrorist attacks, the Associated Press reports.
“Islamic terrorists killed more than 500 Americans before September 11. Many people think the first attack on America was on September 11, 2001. It was not. It was in 1993,” Mr. Giuliani told some 650 business, corporate and political leaders at Regent University, the conservative Christian college in Virginia Beach, founded by religious broadcasterthe Rev. Pat Robertson.
For Mr. Clinton to treat the first World Trade Center bombing as a criminal act instead of a terrorist attack was “a big mistake” that emboldened other strikes on the Khobar Towers housing complex in Saudi Arabia, at embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and later on the USS Cole while it was moored in Yemen in 2000, he said.
“The United States government, then-President Clinton, did not respond,” Mr. Giuliani said. “[Osama] bin Laden declared war on us. We didn’t hear it.”
In hindsight, Mr. Giuliani said, maybe it’s all clearer now, “but now is now, and there is no reason to go back into denial, and that is essentially what the Democratic candidates for president want to do: they want to go back, to put the country in reverse to the 1990s.”
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