Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Republican Debate in California: McCain v. Romney on Iraq, Ron Paul is Right

The high point - actually, the only really interesting exchange - in the generally boring Republican debate in California tonight came between McCain and Romney, over McCain's claim that Romney wanted "time tables" for withdrawal of our troops in Iraq, which claim Romney vehemently denied.

McCain offered the following quote from Romney back in April: "You don't want the enemy to understand how long they have to wait in the weeds until you're going to be gone."

Which McCain said proved that Romney was calling for a time table, and Romney said did not.

The reality, as this article from ABC News shows, is that Romney was calling for "unpublished" time tables, and his statement about waiting in the weeds was about not wanting the enemy to know about the time tables.

So, McCain was right.

Insofar as debate points, at least.

As to the right position on our war in Iraq, this once again belonged to Ron Paul, who again pointed out that the war is unconstitutional, and we should not be there at all.

Other highlights: Another piece of evidence that Mitt Romney might be a Cylon came after the debate, when Romney press secretary Kevin Madden - who looks like Romney - joked on a late edition of Hardball on MSNBC that he was a "spokesmodel" ... hmmm...

I'm looking forward to the Democratic debate tomorrow night, when Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will go one on one.
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