Russert spends eons on poll number which seems a waste of time but progresses to Iran where Rudy stresses the military option always remains on the table and “we keep the pressure on.”
UPDATE: On Iraq he says we will be there until our strategic objective is met- stability and an ally in the war on terror. (Democracy is not on the list.) He cautions against a timetable–saying we’ve never done this in other wars. Asked about terrorism and why he wasn’t briefing his people on the danger, he says neither he nor the administration envisioned an attack like 9-11. He details measures to protect against suicide bombers at the time. He generally seems calm and in command of the details so far. On the Iraq Study Group he and Russert go around and around– Rudy says it was a mistake to be on the panel as a presidential candidate. Russert bores in but Rudy avoids appearing irritated after multiple questions on an issue GOP voters I suspect care not one whit about.
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