Clinton on Giuliani's Turf

Mitt Romney, campaigning in New Hampshire, gets a thumbs-up from Ben Carozza at Saint Anselm College.
Mitt Romney, campaigning in New Hampshire, gets a thumbs-up from Ben Carozza at Saint Anselm College. (By Jim Cole -- Associated Press)

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Friday, October 5, 2007

A GROUND ZERO AD

Clinton on Giuliani's Turf

In a stark, black-and-white ad that pictures her in a mask at Ground Zero, Hillary Rodham Clinton is treading on Rudy Giuliani's turf.

The new commercial, launched yesterday in Iowa and New Hampshire, marks the New York senator's attempt to position herself as a champion of those whose health was endangered by the environmental effects of the attack on the World Trade Center. The aftermath of 9/11 has long been considered Giuliani's greatest strength, but the former New York mayor has also drawn criticism for failing to adequately safeguard the health of rescue workers.

"She stood by Ground Zero workers who sacrificed their health after so many sacrificed their lives, and kept standing until this administration took action," the ad says. The reference is to Clinton's support for a medical screening and monitoring program for the disaster workers.

Clinton claims credit, as a co-sponsor, for expanding access to military health care for National Guard members, a measure passed last year by a Republican-controlled Congress.

The commercial also plays off President Bush's veto of a $35 billion expansion of a popular children's health insurance program, saying that with all the Democratic presidential candidates pushing health-care plans, "which one do you think will never back down?"

The spot also attempts to turn the 1994 failure of the health-care plan Clinton promoted as first lady into a political plus, saying she "stood up for universal health care when almost no one else would, and kept standing until 6 million kids had coverage." In fact, plenty of Democrats supported universal coverage in the early 1990s, and Clinton was one voice among many in persuading Congress to pass the children's health program whose expansion is now the subject of a veto battle with Bush.

-- Howard Kurtz

CONSERVATIVE STRATEGIES

Huckabee, No Third-Party Candidate

Mike Huckabee says he would not seek or accept an invitation to run as a third-party presidential candidate from Christian conservative leaders who are considering such a move if the Republican Party nominates a pro-abortion-rights candidate such as Rudy Giuliani.

"No, I think a third party only helps elect Hillary," the former Arkansas governor said in an interview with washingtonpost.com. "I don't see that being a good strategy for those who really care about pushing a pro-family, pro-life agenda. If they want to do that, the smart thing to do is coalesce their support around Mike Huckabee. If they do that, I'll become the nominee, I'll win the White House."

Huckabee, who earned 8 percent support among Republicans in the most recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, raised about $1 million in this year's third fundraising quarter, one-tenth of GOP front-runner Giuliani's total.

-- Ed O'Keefe

A FASCINATION WITH OUTER SPACE

Clinton Pushes Science Agenda

Accusing the Bush administration of waging a "war on science," Hillary Clinton drew on her childhood fascination with outer space as she promised to renew focus on research and scientific progress if elected president.


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