Giuliani opposes timing of a Palestinian state
WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani said he opposes the creation of a Palestinian state at this time and would take a tough stand with Iran, including destroying its nuclear infrastructure if necessary.
Outlining his foreign policy views in the September/October issue of Foreign Affairs magazine, Giuliani said "too much emphasis" has been placed on brokering negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. "It is not in the interest of the United States, at a time when it is being threatened by Islamist terrorists, to assist the creation of another state that will support terrorism," the former New York City mayor said.
Giuliani said in the article that he would not rule out negotiating with Iran, but such negotiations should proceed from "a position of strength." "The theocrats ruling Iran need to understand that we can wield the stick as well as the carrot, by undermining popular support for their regime, damaging the Iranian economy, weakening Iran's military, and, should all else fail, destroying its nuclear infrastructure," Giuliani said.
Romney won the straw poll with the help of generous spending in the state by his campaign and a decision by his major rivals not to participate. The ad offers no specifics policy points, other than a vow to "strengthen our military," "secure our border," and "keep our taxes down."
Romney's share of ad time on Iowa stations is relatively modest now; no other Republicans are running ads in the state. He's spending less than $70,000 on the ads airing this week. So far, Romney has spent more than $2 million advertising in Iowa.
In an interview in the August issue of The Progressive magazine, Elizabeth Edwards criticized Obama as "holier than thou" on the Iraq war and said the Illinois senator and Clinton failed to show leadership on cutting funding for the war.
In a phone interview yesterday with the Associated Press, Edwards contended that he had said as much himself.
"My belief is that the Congress has a responsibility -- they actually have a mandate -- to force George Bush's hand on a different course in Iraq. I think that means using their constitutional authority to fund, to ensure that any bill that goes to the president has a timetable for withdrawal. I've said that all along and I stand by it," said Edwards, a former North Carolina senator.
Former senator Fred Thompson of Tennessee is expected to join in early September, about the time of the Sept. 5 debate at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Asked yesterday by a Nashville radio commentator whether Sept. 5 is likely to be the day, Thompson said, "I can't give you a particular date, but sounds like you're in the neighborhood."
He travels to Iowa tomorrow for his first visit to the leadoff caucus state. Thompson's first visit to New Hampshire was in June, when he spoke at a party fund-raiser in Bedford.
The Illinois senator is the first White House aspirant to appear on the syndicated show.
Obama's appearance allows him to campaign before a largely female audience.
Obama's taping is scheduled for Sept. 27.