June 14th, 2007
03:10 PM ET
11 years ago

Where the GOP candidates stand on Libby

Which GOP candidates would pardon Libby?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Following the news that a judge has order I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby to report to prison to serve his sentence while his attorneys appeal his case, the talk of Washington is likely to turn to whether President Bush will consider issuing the former White House aide a pardon.

At CNN's GOP presidential debate last week, the ten candidates were asked whether they would issue Libby a pardon if they were in the president's shoes. Four of the candidates said they likely would not, three said they likely would, and three said they would keep the option open.

Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, California Rep. Duncan Hunter, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee all responded “no,” or “no, not without looking at the transcript.”

Meanwhile, Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback and Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo said flatly they would issue Libby a pardon. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani leaned heavily toward pardoning Libby, adding, “I think the sentence was way out of line."

Arizona Sen. John McCain, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson all indicated they would keep the option open but would not say "yes" or "no" before the appeals process was carried out.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Scooter Libby
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Matt, Austin, Texas

    30 months in prison for treason. Yeah, that's WAY out of line...

    June 14, 2007 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. bjalder26, Oak Park, IL

    Pardon Libby!

    June 14, 2007 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. Tom W - Dedham, Mass

    Treason? He was not the person who outed this supposedly "covert" spy as he was originally charged with.

    30 months for him and Sandy Berger gets nothing for stealing documents (with Bill Clinton signing off on his access) right before the most important commision in our countries history was too convene.

    That 9-11 commision was put together to get to the who, what, where and why 9-11 happened and he STOLE documents that may have saved lives in the future and would have put Billary in a bad light (why else STEAL the documents)?

    Who is more treasonous?

    June 14, 2007 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. Kenneth, Irving, TX

    Seven years of the most corrupt and incompetent government in our history and there are still people trying to blame the Clintons for everything. If conservatives weren't so pathetic it would be funny.

    June 14, 2007 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  5. Tom W - Dedham, Mass

    So Kenny, who do you thinks actions were more treasonous?

    Did I write anything that was not true, no opinion, just facts.

    June 15, 2007 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. bret, atlanta, ga

    Why pardon a guy who LIED TO A COURT? Oh, because he's somebody's little lackey? Ah, right. OK, gee, that makes sense now.

    June 15, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. Kirsten, Fredericksburg, Virginia

    Bret, that's why most of them said no or that they would have to look at the full context of the situation before pardoning him.

    And Kenneth, the Clinton administration was no angel either, so I wouldn't be saying stuff like that.

    June 16, 2007 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. Dev Vaz, Indianapolis, IN

    Dr. Ron Paul possesses integrity, consistency, and the intellectual honesty that makes him the only worthy candidate for president in 2008. It is outrageous to me that all the republican candidates, except Dr. Paul, endorsed a preemptive strike against Iran with nuclear weapons, if felt necessary. They represent an extension of the Bush-Cheney war mongering and continue to defend a colossal mistake. Furthermore they seem to want to escalate the conflict. Dr. Paul’s staunch opposition to this stance and his compelling arguments against such flawed foreign policy and his profound insight into the reasons for the proliferation of terrorism make him the ideal person to fight the ‘ War on Terror’. He is truly the defender of the constitution and a patriot and is the only individual who can reverse the downward spiral of this great nation. It is therefore not surprising that so many Americans stand behind him and will prove that we still have a democracy and power does not rest with corrupt politicians and the corporations that finance them.

    June 17, 2007 12:43 am at 12:43 am |