A new Giuliani ad says the former New York City mayor is MoveOn.org's "worst nightmare."
WASHINGTON (CNN) – The liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org announced Tuesday it is expanding its Iowa television ad attacking GOP presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani to national cable, a move that follows the former New York City mayor's release of a radio ad blasting the group and calling himself its "worst nightmare."
The MoveOn ad, which began airing in Iowa Monday, slams Giuliani for leaving the bipartisan Iraq Study Group after two months. The ad argues that he “has always been a big fan of George Bush’s war in Iraq. Yet when Giuliani had the chance to actually do something about the war, he went AWOL."
Giuliani's radio ad released Tuesday does not address MoveOn's claims, but instead calls the organization "the most powerful left wing group in the country" and says the organization is attacking the New York Republican because they “know Rudy is a Republican who can beat Democrats. And they know, no matter what they say, Rudy will never ever back down."
Soon after Giuliani's ad was unveiled, MoveOn announced it would expand its ad nationally on CNN. The organization also argued that the former mayor's ad "demonstrates that he can't answer the basic charge leveled against him: that he betrayed the public's trust when he went AWOL from the Iraq Study Group to take on high-fee speaking engagements.”
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
Compiled by Lauren Kornreich, Lindsey Pope and Mark Preston
CNN Washington Bureau
Making News Today…
* Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani "crosses the pond" today for meetings, a fundraiser and to deliver a speech to a prominent conservative group. CNN's John King is with Giuliani in London and will interview the Republican presidential hopeful.
While in London, Giuliani will meet with Prime Minister Gordon Brown and former Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair. Giuliani also "has a conversation with and takes questions" from Winston Churchill's granddaughter Celia Sandys and gives the first Inaugural "Margaret Thatcher Atlantic Bridge lecture."
Tune into CNN later today to hear King's discussion with the former mayor turned presidential hopeful.
Political Hot Topics
(Today's top political stories from news organizations across the country)
"THE BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND": The U.S. military has introduced "religious enlightenment" and other education programs for Iraqi detainees, some of whom are as young as 11, Marine Maj. Gen. Douglas M. Stone, the commander of U.S. detention facilities in Iraq, said yesterday. Washington Post: U.S. Working to Reshape Iraqi Detainees
DEMS SAY PATIENCE IS NEEDED ON MUKASEY CONFIRMATION: Even as Senate Democrats on Tuesday softened demands that the White House provide thousands of documents in advance of a hearing to confirm Michael Mukasey as attorney general, they warned that it remained highly improbable that a vote on his installation would occur before the October recess. Roll Call: Democrats Ease AG Demands
UP COMING SHOWDOWNS IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE WILL TEST MODERATES: With a difficult war debate looming and presidential vetoes for a host of popular legislation threatened, moderate Republicans in Congress are facing a tough choice: Stand by President Bush or run for their political lives. Washington Post: GOP Moderates Weigh Loyalty to Bush vs. Political Realities
CONGRESSMEMBERS SUBPOENAD IN DUKE CUNNINGHAM TRIAL: The defense contractor charged with bribing convicted former congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham has subpoenaed 13 House members, including former speaker J. Dennis Hastert, to testify in his federal trial. Washington Post: House Members Resist Testifying in Contractor Trial
CRAIG FINDS FEW FRIENDS ON THE HILL: When Sen. David Vitter (La.) returned from the Big Easy after he ’fessed up to consorting with a prostitute, Republicans at their weekly policy lunch gave him a resounding applause. Not so for sex-scandal-plagued Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho). Roll Call's heard on the Hill: Not So Warm Welcome
MORAN TAKES HEAT FOR AIPAC COMMENTS: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) lashed out at fellow Democratic Rep. Jim Moran at a press conference Tuesday, criticizing the Virginian’s recent comments about a Jewish political organization. The Hill: Hoyer Blasts Rep. Moran on AIPAC Remarks
KEMP: "WE SOUND LIKE WE DON'T WANT IMMIGRATION; WE SOUND LIKE WE DON'T WANT BLACK PEOPLE TO VOTE FOR US": Key Republican leaders are encouraging the party's presidential candidates to rethink their decision to skip presidential debates focusing on issues important to minorities, fearing a backlash that could further erode the party's standing with black and Latino voters. Washington Post: Debate No-Shows Worry GOP Leaders
SAME SEX MARRIAGE STRIKES OUT IN MD: Maryland's highest court rejected same-sex marriage yesterday and upheld the state's 34-year-old statute defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Baltimore Sun: Court Upholds Marriage Law
GUILIANI AND MUKASEY, CLOSE CONFIDANTS SEEK HIGHER OFFICE: They were together early in their professional lives, as federal prosecutors working on corruption cases and later when they were engaged in private practice at the same firm, where they shared a fondness for practical jokes. New York Times: An Old Friend Joins Guiliani in a Spotlight
IS RUDY SLIPPING ON GUN CONTROL STANCE?: Gun-control advocates yesterday urged Rudy Giuliani not to abandon his years of support for federal firearms restrictions to satisfy the National Rifle Association. New York Post: Rudy Has Gun Foes on Edge
GUILIANI, ROMNEY TAKE TO THE TUBE IN IOWA: Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani are starting new radio ads in Iowa that try to press what their campaigns see as openings in the tightly fought caucus race. Boston Globe: Romney, Guiliani Continue Air War in Iowa
ROMNEY DETAILS LEGISLATIVE PLANS: Mitt Romney’s (R) plan to pursue an ambitious legislative agenda if elected president and to campaign aggressively to help Republicans regain control of Capitol Hill appears destined to generate friction with a Congress poised to remain in Democratic hands following the 2008 elections. Roll Call: Romney Outlines Hill Strategy
“THE OLYMPICS GAVE HIM A PUBLIC PERSONA HE DIDN’T HAVE BEFORE”: Mitt Romney walked onto the Olympic stage in 1999 a rich businessman still smarting from losing his first bid for public office. He walked off, three years later, a star-polished candidate who would be elected governor of Massachusetts in a matter of months. New York Times: In Olympics Success, Romney Found New Edge
HRC TO KEEP TEXAS OILMAN DONATIONS: Joe Biden is donating to charity a contribution from a Houston oilman on trial for charges related to paying kickbacks to Saddam Hussein, and John McCain says he’ll follow if Oscar Wyatt is convicted. But Hillary Rodham Clinton would make no such pledge. Politico: Biden Returns Cash, Hillary Doesn't
CLINTON, ROMNEY HEAD OF THE PACT IN NH POLL: Sen. Hillary Clinton maintains a strong lead among Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire, four months before the nation's first 2008 presidential primary elections. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney faces a closer contest among Republicans four months out. Chicago Tribune's The Swamp: Clinton Holds Rock-Solid Lead in Granite State
HRC REACHES OUT TO AFRICAN AMERICANS IN IOWA: Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will attend the Sisters on Target annual banquet on Saturday, Oct. 13. The theme for the event, which will begin with a reception at 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Des Moines, is “Crossing the Divide.” Des Moines Register: Clinton to Attend Sisters on target Event
EDWARDS CAMPAIGN CUTS LOSE NH STAFFER FOR INAPPROPRIATE EMAILS: The deputy political director of John Edwards' New Hampshire campaign has resigned after writing what the campaign describes as distasteful internal e-mails critical of fellow New Hampshire Democrats. New Hampshire Union-Leader Emails Lead To Ouster in Edwards Camp
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FRED DODGES QUESTION ABOUT HIS LOBBYIST PAST: Fred Thompson tells his life story on the campaign trail in about a half-hour and a dozen or so roles: farmworkers' son, graveyard-shift factory worker, teenage dad, prosecutor, Watergate Republican counsel, accidental actor, U.S. senator. Invariably missing: lobbyist. Miami Herald: Thompson Skims Over Lobbyist on Resume
PAUL, THOMPSON LEAD IN MANCHESTER STRAW POLL: Texas Congressman Ron Paul grabbed support from two-thirds of the people voting in a Republican straw poll over the weekend in Manchester, a result that an organizer said shows the enthusiasm of Paul supporters. New Hampshire Union-Leader: Paul Tops GOP Straw Poll in Manchester
On the Political Radar:
* On a campaign trip to London, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani meets with prominent British leaders and takes questions from Celia Sandys, Winston Churchill's granddaughter. The Republican presidential candidate also delivers a speech to the Atlantic Bridge.
* Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gives a speech at Lake Sumter Market Square in The Villages, Florida.
* Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson tours Dell's Topfer Manufacturing Facility in Austin, Texas.
* Sen. Joe Biden campaigns in Iowa and holds a press conference in Des Moines, and a meet and greet with Mahaska County Democrats in Oskaloosa, IA. Later in the afternoon, he meets with Henry County Democrats in Mount Pleasant and Des Moines County Democrats in Burlington.
* New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson addresses an obesity public policy conference at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
* Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee meets with local residents in South Carolina, holds 2 meet and greets at the University of South Carolina and the Congaree Grill in Columbia.
* Sen. John McCain holds private fundraisers in Washington, DC.
* The Senate Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook
* The House Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook