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Romney Attacks ‘Liberal’ Washington

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ST. PAUL, Minn.–Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney ripped into what he called liberal Washington during his prime-time speech at the Republican National Convention.

“We need change all right – change from a liberal Washington to a conservative Washington! We have a prescription for every American who wants change in Washington – throw out the big government liberals and elect John McCain,” he said.

–Samuel Rubenfeld

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September 3, 2008 at 9:44 pm

Rudy Giuliani Slams Democratic Ticket At New York Delegation Lunch

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani attacked the Democratic presidential ticket as the most liberal and inexperienced in the last 100 years. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani attacked the Democratic presidential ticket as the most liberal and inexperienced in the last 100 years. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

MINNEAPOLIS–Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani used sharp words to attack the Democratic the presidential ticket at a luncheon held by the New York Republican Delegation.

He confused the name of the Illinois Legislature, where Barack Obama served as a state senator, with that of the “Chicago legislature” multiple times, resigning himself at last to calling it the “Chicago machine, that’s it.”

Giuliani mocked Obama’s time as a community organizer. “What do they do?” he said. “I’m trying to figure it out.”

He also chided Biden’s verbosity. “Joe has a great amount of experience talking, and talking and talking.”

After describing Sarah Palin’s experience as mayor of Wasilla, he said something Obama used once to great criticism at a fundraiser: “They’re probably part of that group of people that clings to religion and guns,” he said.”

“They’re part of that group that doesn’t count: small-town America. Oh, gee. I guess you don’t study that at Harvard,” he said.

He left without taking any questions from the press.

Full speech here:

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September 3, 2008 at 5:35 pm

Fred Thompson: McCain, I Know How You Must Feel

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By Samuel Rubenfeld

SENIOR NEWS EDITOR

ST. PAUL, Minn.–In the film “Die Hard 2: Die Harder,” actor and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson plays an air traffic controller who tells the hero, John McClaine, he knows how McClaine feels after not being able to help civilians out of a crashing aircraft.

While telling John McCain’s story of how his aircraft was shot down in Vietnam and a dying pilot called to check on him, Thompson echoed his own character from the action film. His chilling narrative of McCain’s time in the “Hanoi Hilton” brought the normally chaotic convention floor to an attentive and solemn silence.

Thompson was at times folksy and other times fiery. He mixed vitriolic red meat with a certain southern geniality missing in his own presidential campaign that sputtered out of the gate, and led him to drop out early, but Tuesday night he was on fire.

“If you want to know who John McCain is, if you want to know what John McCain values, look to the men and women who wear America’s uniform today,” Thompson said. “John himself barely dodged death in the inferno and could’ve returned to the States with his ship. Instead, he volunteered for combat on another carrier that was undermanned from losing so many pilots.”

His attacks on Democratic nominee Barack Obama were hard-hitting, and sometimes downright vicious.

“Democrats present a history making nominee for president,” Thompson said to loud cheers. “History making in that he is the most liberal, most inexperienced nominee to ever run for president.

“Apparently they believe that he would match up well with the history-making, Democrat controlled Congress,” he said. “History making because it’s the least accomplished and most unpopular Congress in our nation’s history.”

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September 3, 2008 at 3:12 am

President Bush Lauds McCain, Attacks Obama Via Satellite

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ST. PAUL, Minn.–President George W. Bush spoke for less than 10 minutes via satellite Tuesday night in prime time, re-telling John McCain’s life story.

Introduced and followed in-person by Laura Bush, he extolled McCain for his perseverance as a prisoner of war, moving the message straight from Hanoi to the White House: “If the Hanoi Hilton cannot break John McCain’s resolve to do what is best for his country, you can be assured that the angry left never will.”

Laura got in on the attacks, too: referring to her husband’s efforts to combat malaria and AIDS in Africa, she mocked the Barack Obama campaign slogan by saying, “You might call that change you can really believe in.”

–Samuel Rubenfeld

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September 2, 2008 at 11:24 pm

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Rudy Giuliani Confirms He’ll Speak Wednesday Night

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ST. PAUL, Minn.–Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani confirmed he’ll speak Wednesday night, Marc Ambinder reported via Twitter after having his Tuesday night speaking slot pulled and replaced by former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.).

–Samuel Rubenfeld

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September 2, 2008 at 9:52 pm

VIDEO: Jesse Ventura’s Full Speech

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MINNEAPOLIS– Here is full video of Jesse Ventura’s speech:

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–Samuel Rubenfeld

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September 2, 2008 at 9:33 pm

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‘Luv’ Gov. Paterson Pushes Party Unity

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DENVER–At the final breakfast for the New York delegation, Gov. David Paterson pushed for party unity while recognizing the historical gravity of the fight by the most fervent Clinton supporters to get her on the ticket.

He asked how African-Americans would have reacted if they had fought so hard and to not get on the ticket.

Also flashing his trademark humor, he began his talk by saying he couldn’t see the “We Luv Our Gov” signs held by the delegates and guests.

Some women shouted, “We love you David!” to which he responded, “My past is coming back to haunt me,” poking fun at his admitted affairs during the 1970s.

–Samuel Rubenfeld

Update: Video of speech:

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August 29, 2008 at 5:24 am