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Lead Up to Debate
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This account of the predebate rally indicates Rudy whipped up the crowd, McCain held their rapt attention, Romney introduced his wife and Thompson spoke for only four minutes to the disappointment of his supporters. Meanwhile McCain and Romney did network Sunday talk shows. Kudos to both and especially Romney who has not done them regularly. (After getting practice at the debates any of the top GOP candidates should be able to handle a morning talk show and get the benefit of reaching a large audience including independents who may vote in primaries in NH, Florida and Michigan, not to mention the general election.) Some video of Romney’s interview is here and an account is here. I asked the Romney campaign about the accusation that McCain changed his position on Roe v. Wade and on immigration. As to the first, they point to a statement in 1999. (I believe McCain has otherwise said he favors overturning Roe but his campaign has not returned a request for comment yet.) On immigration spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom writes: “Senator McCain has run away from his comprehensive immigration bill and now says that border security must be our focus.” (To be accurate I think he still favors comprehensive reform and has said so repeatedly but acknowledges the public won’t accept such a plan until borders are secured.) Romney has had a rough few weeks and it may be their thinking that he can punch his way out of it. Watch for the fireworks tonight. (Actually most will watch the game and check back for coverage later.)
UPDATE: Politico says of Thompson: “His not-even-five-minute speech to the GOPers here yesterday drew continued head-shaking and bewilderment today. At least three of the major Florida papers — St. Pete Times, Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post — touched on his brief remarks. Here as everywhere, Republicans are curious about and open to a Thompson candidacy — but he isn’t giving them much to work with.”
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