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McCain: Reports on lobbyist a ‘smear’

February 21, 2008
By LIBBY QUAID, Associated Press Writer

TOLEDO, Ohio – Sen. John McCain, responding to published reports about his relationship with a lobbyist, says he “will not allow a smear campaign” to distract from his presidential campaign.

The New York Times quoted anonymous aides as saying they had urged McCain and lobbyist Vicki Iseman to stay away from each other prior to his failed presidential campaign in 2000. In its own follow-up story, The Washington Post quoted longtime aide John Weaver, who split with McCain last year, as saying he met with lobbyist Iseman and urged her to stay away from McCain.

Weaver told the Times he arranged the meeting after “a discussion among the campaign leadership” about Iseman.

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Giuliani’s War

October 23, 2007

By Richard Cohen
The Washington Post
Tuesday, October 23, 2007; Page A19

I have a weakness for wars with colorful names. My favorite, mentioned twice by me this year alone, is the War of Jenkins’ Ear, which occupied Britain and Spain from 1739-41 and ended in a stalemate. This brings me to the coming war with Iran that Rudolph Giuliani has solemnly vowed he would launch should, God forbid, Iran get nuclear weapons and he become president. It will be called the War of Rudy’s Mouth.

Rudy’s mouth, as anyone in New York can tell you, is a formidable weapon that, when turned on a target, can vaporize the person, leaving just a small mound of dust and maybe a false tooth or two. An oft-cited example is the poor fellow who called the then-New York mayor’s radio show and asked why the law prohibited the keeping of ferrets as pets. “There is something deranged about you,” the mayor said.

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