Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Fight Night at the Debates
With the first round of debates under their belts, it was time Tuesday for the presidential candidates to start picking battles—with each other. The first to pair off: Rudy Giuliani and Ron Paul, John McCain and Mitt Romney, and John Edwards and Mike Huckabee.
A rundown of last night's top bouts after the jump ...
Rudy vs. Ron Paul
Giuliani tangled with anti-war Rep. Ron Paul after the Texan suggested that Islamic terrorists "attack us because we've been over there," specifically citing that "we've been bombing Iraq for 10 years." A ticked-off Rudy disrupted the debate format: "That's really an extraordinary statement, as someone who lived through the attack of September 11, that we invited the attack because we were attacking Iraq. I don't think I have ever heard that before, and I have heard some pretty absurd explanations for September 11. I would ask the congressman withdraw that comment and tell us that he didn't really mean that."
Paul, who was asked twice during the debate why he was running as a Republican, refused to do so, noting that he believes "very sincerely that the CIA is correct when they talk about blowback." Click here for more.