The group blog of The New Republic
June 5, 2007
McCain just dissed Hillary on Iraq -- and got the first applause of the debate.
And the first Reagan invocation of the night goes to -- Mike Huckabee. Well done, governor.
So far and the most interesting thing to me is a difference between Romney and Giuliani: The former refused to say whether he thinks the Iraq war was a mistake. Giuliani stated in no uncertain terms that he thinks it was not a mistake. That'll be an interesting position to defend in a general election campaign....
Meanwhile, does Mitt really think it's clever to call that question is a "null set"? What the hell is he talking about?
"Well, he's my friend."
--Mitt Romney on John McCain, who trashed his stance on immigration
Rudy says he's read all 400 pages of the Senate immigration bill. C'mon.
Wolf Blitzer asks the tough immigration question: Do we need a fence along the Canadian border?
Tommy Thompson first cites his many vetoes as being the reason why he's the real conservative in the race. I guess that doesn't make Bush a conservative.
Rudy begins an answer about his differences with Catholic leaders over abortion--and lightning fritzes out his microphone. Totally awesome symbolism!
Mike Huckabee takes offense at the question of whether or not he's a creationist. "An unfair question," he says. Sorry, but if someone believes in fairy tales, I think that's pretty relevant to their qualifications as president.
McCain wimps out on the evolution question -- "people should be exposed to all views." Bah.