He spoke before the VFW. Coverage is remarkably sparse but the text is solid if not exceptional. He calls for “frank and continuous” conversations with the public about Iraq but I’m unclear as to whether he is as committed as McCain to the present strategy. Meanwhile, he goes negative before entering the race —taking on Rudy for suing gun manufacturers (and also taking to task now un-candidate Bloomberg for sting operations in states like my home state of Virginia). Not surprisingly, team Rudy chides him for going negative and zaps him with this: ” Those who live in the real world -not on TV – know that Rudy Giuliani’s record of making the city safe for families speaks for itself. No amount of political theater will change that.” Usually a candidate declares, sets out a set of policies, frames his own image, explains why his background qualifies him for office and then goes after his opponents. We’ll see if Fred’s way works instead.
UPDATE: A rival emails less than enthusiastic Fox coverage noting Fred “stuggled at times” delivering his speech.
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