GOP White House hopefuls talk King for a day: The Swamp
 
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Posted January 21, 2008 4:03 PM
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by Frank James and Jill Zuckman

The Republican presidential candidates wove Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. into their stump speeches today, the official federal holiday honoring the civil-rights leader, as they campaigned in Florida.

Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, cited King as an example of one person making a difference, as you can see in the accompanying video. It was truly impressive how, without much of a transition, he went from lauding King to bashing Washington.

Meanwhile, Rudy Guiliani, the former New York City mayor, praised King as a leader, which allowed the candidate to segue quickly to talk about his leadership abilities. There was even someone in the crowd holding up his book on leadership.

During a press conference in Jacksonville, Florida, Sen. John McCain reflected on the holiday. McCain lived in Jacksonville for two years with his first wife and three children after being released by the North Vietnamese after five and a half years as a prisoner of war.

"I was in prison when they announced over the loudspeaker in my cell, I was living by myself, that Dr. Martin Luther King had been assassinated. They always told us the very bad news, but somehow avoided telling us minor events such as landing a man on the moon. I didn't find that out until a couple years after the event itself. I didn't know Dr. King. I was a member of the military. Obviously I admire him as all Americans do. But I did have the great honor of getting to know Congressman John Lewis. In fact, I've taken my children to meet him, because I think John Lewis epitomizes the struggle that continues to this day to achieve full equality in America. Congressman John Lewis is a role model to me in many respects."

Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, was in Atlanta at the new Ebenezer Baptist Church edifice, not the old building where King actually preached.

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Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee flanked by Jennifer Beal, left, and Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, takes part in a ceremony honoring Martin Luther King, Monday, Jan. 21, 2008, at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert.)

That would be the same Alveda King who allowed the following press release to be issued by the McCain campaign:

ARLINGTON, VA -- U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential campaign today released the following statement by Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., on John McCain:

"As I look at the current presidential race and the world we are living in, I believe that Republicans need to look for a quality which our country needs most at this critical time: proven leadership. In John McCain, we know that we have a leader who has stood the test of time and can lead America with courage, integrity and strength.

"Even though I have made the decision not to formally endorse any candidate in the current primary, I did want to take the opportunity to express my profound respect and admiration for John McCain.

"John McCain shares our Christian values. He has a 24-year pro-life voting record. He has fought for judges who will end the activist bent of our federal courts, and get the judiciary back into its proper place in society of interpreting, not legislating, the laws of our land. John McCain believes in the sanctity of marriage, and led the fight in Arizona in 2006 to protect marriage as Almighty God ordained it: between a man and woman.

"What America desperately needs is courage from its political leaders. When my uncle, Martin Luther King, Jr., led the civil rights marches throughout America, he marched with his head held high in a spirit of conviction and courage. John McCain has done the same throughout his career.

"John McCain is a man of conviction, principle and courage. As I think of my uncle and the courage he showed in standing for conviction -- regardless of the consequences -- I see these same qualities in John McCain. That is why I am delighted to express my profound respect and admiration for Senator McCain at this critical time."

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It's too bad Goppers can't elect a black to Congress.

535 seats and not one Gopper.


Electing another one of these dope Republicans as President will do nothing but continue to tear this country apart.


Republicans John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson Fail Reject Skip Absent Snub No-Show No-Go from attending the Republican Presidential Debate(s) at the NAACP in Detroit, UniVison Hispanic Television debate in Miami and Morgan State "Historic Black" University debate in Baltimore:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLXXcIvKd0Y


Straight from the lily pad, these gop contenders talk about King and think to themselves...thank God we don't have any black candidates running so we don't get caught up in this mess.


I enjoyed watching the Romney and Giuliani videos. It was remarkable how close the speeches were at the beginning. Where they diverge is the second half, their actual plans and credibility.

Of the two, I think Mitt makes the strongest case for positive change. It is true that if you don't get things done in the private sector, you get fired. Mitt got things done in the private sector, and he will get things done in Washington.

As the strongest conservative with real hope for winning this race (and we have plenty of reason to think he will win!) Mitt is my easy choice for President of the United States.


In the news the Swamp keeps from its readers, the latest Rasmussen Poll of FL Republicans has Mitt Romney in the lead:

"The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds Mitt Romney with a slight lead in Florida’s Republican Presidential Primary. John McCain and Rudy Giuliani are close behind in what may develop into a three-man race. It’s Romney at 25%, McCain at 20%, and Giuliani at 19%. Romney has picked up seven points over the past week while McCain and Giuliani each inched up a point.

Last week, before the Michigan and South Carolina Primaries, Rasmussen Reports polling found essentially a four-way tie for the lead in Florida. However, Mike Huckabee has slipped to 13% in the current poll. A week ago, he was the top choice for 17%."

You'd never know it if you only read the "Swamp", but Romney also leads McCain in both total primary votes, and delegates won.


http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/minute/Civil_Rights_Filibuster_Ended.htm

The above link, is from the US Senate historical minutes. Take a quick look and read who supported 1964 Civil Rights and who opposed.


http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/minute/Civil_Rights_Filibuster_Ended.htm

The above link, is from the US Senate historical minutes. Take a quick look and read who supported 1964 Civil Rights and who opposed.


Bruce, did you and Rasmussen take that poll directly from Rush Limbaugh's big, flabby behind?


All of the candidates (Democrat and Republican) gave great speeches on Dr. King. MLK was a man who truly deserved honor and respect.

Now as for the election, President Romney, I like the sound of that. He is the best candidate for the job because he believes in result-oriented work. I also believe he is a uniter ... how do I know this? He is a Republican who was elected in Massachussetts. Need I say more.


billr.

If the gop had a black candidate running, he'd have more respect giving to him/her by fellow Republicans than the dems and the Clinton's give to Obama and his wife.


Paulo


The above link, is from the US Senate historical minutes. Take a quick look and read who supported 1964 Civil Rights and who opposed.
Posted by: PG
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Here we go again. Someone is trying to make the case that republicans were for civil rights and democrats were against it. What they always fail to realize is that the republican party was once more socially liberal than they are today, and that the conservative south is still the conservative south. The south was once solidly democratic, even Reagan was a democrat. That all changed with the civil rights act of '64. The racist south is still the racist south, the only thing that changed is their party affiliation. Racists are all republicans now.


You'd never know it if you only read the "Swamp", but Romney also leads McCain in both total primary votes, and delegates won.
Posted by: Bruce
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Don't worry, Bruce, Mitt will get the nom. He has the support of the Bush mob.
My prediction: In Florida, every exit poll will have McCain as the winner, but because this is Jeb's state, the official tally will go to Romney. There won't be a recount.


Please Paulo...who do you think your kidding. Respect? You talk about respect? You post Fried chicken jokes, and more recently post saying do you want more handouts, and you talk about respect?
leave that for the people who actually have it.


Huckabee was the only Republican at the service honoring MLK in Georgia? Interesting.


So this anointed conservative golden boy Mitt Romney is talking about Martin Luther King Jr. on this national holiday? I thought he claims to be the next Reagan wannabe.

Wasn't it back in the dark days of the eighties when Reagan didn't support a national holiday for MLK? Who wants to bet while CEO corporate raider Romney was out bankrupting companies for his own fortune, he didn't support the same stance against a national holiday for MLK, just like Reagan?

Now, he's pandering for votes on a holiday conservatives to this day argued shouldn't exist.

Just another example of a flip-flop.


Mutt Romney is a "PHONEY" who tells you what you want to hear and is "UN-ELECTABLE" to the majority of U.S. Voters. Make your vote count for a "REPUBLICAN" who is "ELECTABLE".
Do you really want Mormon "Supreme Court Judges"? They are "On The Bench For Life" after being nominated and confirmed. Mutt, if elected, would have 4 years of opportunities to nominate these Supreme Court Judges, along with other Federal Judges? Don't think they could get confirmed, it only takes a little political "trade-offs".

Mutt & his (5) sons have "NEVER" served in the military. Could Mutt be "less qualified'' for Commander and Chief?

It is physically, fiancially, unrealistic, to send back 12 million illegal aliens. You may "wish for it", but it cannot be done.

Romney's Cult Sect doesn't want anyone to review the facts about their weirdo so-called faith; buried golden tablets, magical underwear, living on other planets, becoming gods themselves, baptism for other religion's dead ( including Jewish), after death having over 100 wifes (sounds like the terrorist beliefs in Iraq), their false prophet Hinckley having revelations from God, teachings that God currently inhabits a actual physical body, and that all non-mormons (they call us Gentiles) will go to Hades. The angel Moroni allegedly appeared in the 1820s to a young American treasure hunter called Joseph Smith, and led him to some golden plates buried on a hillside near his home in western New York. Allegedly written in an otherwise unknown language called Reformed Egyptian, and deciphered with the aid of two stones called Urim and Thummim, these texts became the Book of Mormon.


Allegedly written in an otherwise unknown language called Reformed Egyptian, and deciphered with the aid of two stones called Urim and Thummim, these texts became the Book of Mormon.
Posted by: Jay
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Not sure what point you're trying to make, Jay. Is there any religion that doesn't have a mythic foundation? Why single out the Mormons? What do you believe?


Let's remember that John McCain voted against this MLK holiday today. John supported George Allen after his macaca comment. McCain support George Wallace Jr. McCain flip flopped on Bob Jones U and the Confederate Flag (against, now for). McCain supported Imus after his racial remarks.


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How, exactly, does a politician "support" Imus? Last I checked McCain gave him no money and called no favors in to him at CBS. He merely said the man apologized and should be allowed to move on.

Romney is a republican who got elected in Massachusetts by saying anything and everything to get elected. Look at his position on abortion back then and his position now to see exactly how far this guy will bend to get elected.


It is sad and pathetic that people of other religions have nothing better to do than to pick at somebody's theological beliefs instead of focusing on the positive of a faith such as the ones that the LDS (Mormon) people hold dear. They constantly teach love and respect. I think it is great that Mitt is reaching out to so many people and trying to bridge the gaps. He has the best background to help the economy, and take Washington D.C. back for the American people.

GO MITT!!!!!


thinks for halping us black people


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