Giuliani Rings Up Forbes Endorsement

By Zachary A. Goldfarb and Jon Cohen
Thursday, March 29, 2007

Steve Forbes isn't running for president again, but he is getting involved in a big way with the campaign of fellow New Yorker Rudolph W. Giuliani.

The former New York mayor's campaign announced yesterday that Forbes, the billionaire magazine publisher, has endorsed Giuliani's campaign for the Republican nomination and will serve as a national campaign co-chairman and senior policy adviser.

"As Mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani showed how exercising fiscal discipline -- including tax cuts -- lowers deficits, spurs economic growth and increases revenue. It is time the rest of the country benefit from a true fiscal conservative leader who gets real results," Forbes said in a statement.

Forbes spent millions of his own money running for the GOP nomination in 1996 and 2000, campaigns based in large part on his advocacy for a flat tax rate on income.

Top Democrats to Discuss Iraq War

The three leading contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination have agreed to take part in question-and-answer sessions with, a liberal advocacy group active in the movement against the Iraq war.

The first session, to be held online, will be on April 10 and will focus on ending the war.

Engaging with many of MoveOn's 3.2 million members is particularly notable for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.), who has been dogged by criticism over her refusal to apologize for her 2002 vote to authorize the war in Iraq. She will be joined in the forum by Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) and former senator John Edwards (N.C.).

The candidates will give an audio statement and answer questions from Eli Pariser, Political Action's executive director, on the Web. Members will be able to rate the responses of the candidates and will vote in a poll on the presentations.

The results of the poll will be released on April 12, and MoveOn members will be asked to contribute financially to the candidate of their choice.

Future MoveOn sessions with candidates will focus on health care and global warming.

"This event will give real people a chance to ask presidential candidates tough questions about Iraq, the most important issue of our time," Pariser said in a statement.

California Latinos Favor Clinton

A poll released yesterday showed Hillary Clinton with a big advantage among likely Latino voters in California, helping her to an early edge in the state's Democratic primary race.

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