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 WHAT THEY ARE REALLY SAYING ABOUT GOVERNOR ROMNEY AT MANCHESTER, NH DEBATE VOL V

Time‘s Joe Klein: “I watched tonight’s debate with the Frank Luntz focus group at the famed Merrimack Diner… And they…Just. Loved. Romney.” (Joe Klein, “McCain’s Lost Weekend,” Time‘s Swampland Blog, http://www.time-blog.com/, Posted 1/6/08)

  • Klein: “Most of those who came in undecided had switched to Mitt by the end of the show. They just adored his position on illegal immigration (their dials plummeted when McCain said we had to be ‘humane.’)” (Joe Klein, “McCain’s Lost Weekend,” Time‘s Swampland Blog, http://www.time-blog.com/, Posted 1/6/08)

Fox News’ Carl Cameron: “Romney was seated in the middle, and he was in the middle of every exchange. He stuck to his guns and fired several good shots of his own. He let almost no charge go un-rebutted and pivoted to offense effectively on many. As far as debating tactics, poise and execution are concerned he won.” (Carl Cameron, “Mitt In The Middle,” FOX’s Cameron’s Corner, www.cameron.blogs.foxnews.com, Posted 1/7/08)

  • Cameron: “He withstood withering condescension from his rivals, tough questions from Chris Wallace, all after a full campaign day. Romney has campaigned harder and for longer than all of them.” (Carl Cameron, “Mitt In The Middle,” FOX’s Cameron’s Corner, www.cameron.blogs.foxnews.com, Posted 1/7/08)
  • Cameron: “Mitt Romney scored spectacular numbers in Frank Luntz’s focus groups.” (Carl Cameron, “Mitt In The Middle,” FOX’s Cameron’s Corner, www.cameron.blogs.foxnews.com, Posted 1/7/08)

Politico‘s Jonathan Martin: “Overall, Romney was much more effective at driving his message this evening, taking advantage of numerous opportunities to talk up his new theme of bringing change to Washington. He was able to discuss taxes and immigration – precisely the issues his campaign wants to spotlight here before the primary – and seemed at ease and relaxed the whole time.” (Jonathan Martin, “From Smackdown To Somnolent,” Politico, www.politico.com/jonathanmartin, Posted 1/6/08)

CBN’s David Brody: “Mitt Romney picked a great time to come up with a solid homerun debate performance.” (David Brody, “Romney’s Smashing Success,” CBN’s The Brody File, www.cbn.com, 1/6/08)

  • Brody: “Billed as a ‘Presidential Forum’, Romney looked presidential and pretty much commanded the roundtable without coming across as petty and vindictive. This is called ‘coming through at crunch time.'” (David Brody, “Romney’s Smashing Success,” CBN’s The Brody File, www.cbn.com, 1/6/08)

Race 4 2008’s Matthew E. Miller: “I really think Mitt Romney has come into his own over the last few days. In particular, I thought he was fantastic tonight.” (Matthew E. Miller, “A Comeback Kid?” Race 4 2008 Blog, http://race42008.com, Posted 1/6/08)

  • Miller: “On just style alone, I think he’s bowled over even the usually engaging Huckabee, two nights in a row.” (Matthew E. Miller, “A Comeback Kid?” Race 4 2008 Blog, http://race42008.com, Posted 1/6/08)
  • Miller: “But, beyond style, Romney has shown a staggering command of issues and details. He continually projects competence and seriousness, with well-thought out responses to tough questions.” (Matthew E. Miller, “A Comeback Kid?” Race 4 2008 Blog, http://race42008.com, Posted 1/6/08)
  • Miller: “Last night, Romney bore a brutal assault amazingly well, but tonight he actually won, because he not only seemed like the grown-up in the room, but the other candidates took a respite from their vicious anti-Romney glee.” (Matthew E. Miller, “A Comeback Kid?” Race 4 2008 Blog, http://race42008.com, Posted 1/6/08)

RedState’s Leon Wolf: “Let’s be clear – for the purposes of New Hampshire, tonight was about who could win between McCain and Romney, and Romney was the clear winner.” (Leon Wolf, “Mitt Romney’s Finest Hour,” RedState Blog, http://www.redstate.com/, Posted 1/7/08)

  • Wolf: “Romney was clearly on his game.” (Leon Wolf, “Mitt Romney’s Finest Hour,” RedState Blog, http://www.redstate.com/, Posted 1/7/08)
  • Wolf: “Romney clearly impressed the focus groups, and spoke to issues that appeal to the folks of New Hampshire.” (Leon Wolf, “Mitt Romney’s Finest Hour,” RedState Blog, http://www.redstate.com/, Posted 1/7/08)

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McCain on Earmarks

RHETORIC:

 McCain Said That He Has Never Asked For An Earmark Or Pork Barrel Project For His State. MCCAIN: “I’m proud to tell you, chris, in 24 years, as a member of congress, i’ve never asked for nor received a single ear mark pour pork barrel project from my state, and i guarantee,, i’ll veto the bills and ask for the line item veto and make the authors of them famous and we’ll get spending under control and then we’ll be able to have some physical sanity and restore trust and confidence on the part of the american people.” (Fox News, [Unverified Transcript], Republican Presidential Candidate Debate, Manchester, NH, 1/6/08)

REALITY:

 Sen. McCain Requested A $5M Earmark From The Environmental Protection Agency. “It turns out, McCain may not have always been so averse to earmarks. As part of a story published today on the McCain campaign’s efforts to woo lobbyists and their big money client The Washington Post reviewed years of the senator’s official correspondence to agencies that have been released over the years under the Freedom of Information Act. That review located this 1992 letter in which McCain privately pressed the Republican administration of President Bush’s father, George H.W. Bush, to secure such a $5 million earmark for a wastewater project in Arizona after Congress had rejected the request in its own spending bill. Spurned by his colleagues, McCain took his case to the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. ‘I would like to request that EPA either re-program $5 million out of existing funds or earmark the amount from an appropriate account,’ McCain wrote in his Oct. 9, 1992 letter to then-EPA Administrator William K. Reilly, calling the earmark ‘crucial to protecting the public health and the environment.'” (John Solomon, “An Old Earmark Of McCain’s Surfaces,” The Washington Post’s The Trail, http://blog.washingtonpost.com/the-trail, Posted 12/31/07)

 

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