Wednesday, May 16, 2007
The South Carolina GOP Debate wrap up
Posted by Jason Easley on 05.16.2007
The GOP candidates got together again on Tuesday night for their second primary debate. I’ll give you the highlights and my opinions on how each of the candidates fared in this special Wednesday column.
The highlight of the debate was Ron Paul making the mistake of trying to point out that that one of the reasons why Islamic fundamentalists hate the U.S. might have something to do with our foreign policy in the Middle East. "They attack us because we've been over there. We've been bombing Iraq for 10 years. ... We've been in the Middle East. Right now, we're building an embassy in Iraq that is bigger than the Vatican. We're building 14 permanent bases. What would we say here if China was doing this in our country or in the Gulf of Mexico? We would be objecting," Paul said.
Of course this led to Rudy Giuliani defending America's honor, "That's really an extraordinary statement. That's really an extraordinary statement, as someone who lived through the attack of Sept. 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 Sept. 11. I would ask the congressman withdraw that comment and tell us that he didn't really mean that." Did anyone else notice that Giuliani completely distorted Paul's original point? By the way, there is nothing absurd about the idea that the U.S. is hated because of our foreign policy. What was absurd was Giuliani's shameless mentions of 9/11 and terrorism throughout this debate. Click here for more.