Giuliani To Praise Bush's Response To 9/11 In Convention Speech
USA Today says that former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani "will tell the Republican convention tonight that the nation is stronger because of President Bush and his supporters should not be afraid to remind voters about the tragedy." In an interview with USA TODAY and Gannett News Service reporters, Giuliani said, "It's impossible to conduct this presidential election without talking about Sept. 11. It would be like conducting the re-election of Abraham Lincoln and not talking about the Civil War. We're going to deal with it in a very tasteful way, but, you know, excuse us if we believe that our president has done a very good job." On NBC's Meet The Press, Giuliani said, "Bush has demonstrated during maybe some of the most difficult days in our history the ability to not only get the country through, but to keep us focused on a goal of destroying global terrorism. As people criticized him, ridiculed him, did everything they could to get him off his agenda, he's remained with it. And it's made the world safer. And we have to continue in that direction in the next three or four years."
First Lady Says Kerry Claim About Husband's 9/11 Reaction "Absurd", "Ridiculous.
According to the New York Post, the First Lady "is ripping Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry for his 'absurd' claim that President Bush should have instantly left a classroom after being told a second plane had hit the World Trade Center on 9/11, instead of listening to children read for seven minutes. 'I think that's a ridiculous allegation by John Kerry it's absurd,' Mrs. Bush told The Post. 'And I think what my husband did was perfectly appropriate. I think it was the right thing to do in front of the children.'"
McCain's Interest In 2008 White House Run Said To Explain Chumminess With Bush.
The Los Angeles Times reports this morning that "those who know Sen. John McCain well" say he remains focused on "keeping open the possibility of a presidential run in 2008." McCain's "continuing interest in the presidency partly helps to explain, according to people familiar with his thinking, why he has increasingly fallen into the embrace of Bush, a man whom he held in none-too-shrouded contempt after their bitter primary election showdown in 2000."
McCain Has "No Problem" With Kerry Being President. Newsweek reports that "when asked in an interview how the two men would be different as president," Sen. John McCain said, "John Kerry would make I have no problem with him being president. I think he'd be fine. I just think Bush would be a better president."