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Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Raw Politics: Candidates step away from Bush
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- CNN's Tom Foreman has the raw politics on the run for the White House, foreign policy and a plan for Iraq. (Click image at left to play video)
Posted By CNN: 10:40 AM ET
So far, none of the candidates impress me. Our government has become a joke: committes and panels waste time on "studies" but nothing worthwhile gets done. "The People" are no longer considered when the White House or Congress attempt to "legislate". I'm really hoping to one day see a government comprised of thoughtful, intelligent adults - instead of the kindergarten government we have in Washington today.

I'm not holding my breath.
Posted By Deb, Richmond VA : 11:46 AM ET
Hi Tom,
I think it is just fine that republican candidates aren't willing to discuss Bush. I hope it is fine with them that I am not considering voting for them until they do. I can sidestep too!
About that not so confidential topic of cutting money for the satellite detecting information about global warming. That is preposterous!
This is a dark and stormy era we are going through. I always believe that the darker the storm, the brighter the rainbow is when the sun shines.~ In other words, when you are going through hell, just keep on going!
Posted By Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX : 12:16 PM ET
Yes, but will they "trip" over their own past statements of blind support-- for Bush's bad policies, decisions, and treatment of anyone who points out the stupidity-- as they "step" away from him?

They didn't "step up" when it was needed, so it is a little hard to step back now.
Posted By Norah, West Chester, PA : 12:28 PM ET
Hey Giuliani,

It seems your weakness is the abortion factor of your campaign and the republican party is going to attack your stance. Why not make a comment regarding the Constitution and the ideals of the republican party. What I mean is this: Continue saying that you believe abortion is wrong, etc. and say based from the principles of the republican party I will not be hypocritical and want abortion illegal when the republican ideology is smaller government and less laws. Then make a statement that some of the candidates are obviously not republican because having more laws and more government is the complete opposite of what the republican party stands for. I would like to hear what other people have to say about this topic. Thanks, Geoffrey (Denver, CO)
Posted By Geoffrey Denver, CO : 1:05 PM ET
Hi Tom,
Where else can you get a two hour show quite like the debates..Live tv, great set design, hair and makeup done a-ok and lightning sizzles right on cue. All kidding aside, I actually like the debates. It let's us voters see, hear and judge what we think of a candidate and what they say or don't say with the words they choose. Live and no retakes. Yes, there's something about standing exposed on a giant stage that let's you see the real way a candidate will handle the spotlight. Take Care
Posted By Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif. : 1:30 PM ET
To Betty Ann:

I am sorry but I am not in hell and we are not IMHO going through hell.

We live in one of the greatest nations on Earth. We have a decent government, free schools for our children, freedom of religion, speech, a free press and a justice system that takes care of most of our felons. We live in a society where we can go and travel and exist in peace. Most women are treated with respect, children are admired and our seniors have a good life.

Can we do better? Absolutely. Open your eyes folks! We live in one of the most civilized nations on Earth. Many people on this planet can't say that because they are fighting for the essentials of every day life.

Betty Ann, when you get a chance read "A Long Way Gone -- Memoirs of a Boy Solider" by Ishmael Beah. Then post a comment with more intelligence.
Posted By Renee Bradenton, FL : 3:03 PM ET
Hi Tom,
It was an interesting debate last night. I was surprised at how civilized the candidates were to each other in both debates, I guess they are waiting to pull out the guns when we get to the general election. I will be curious to see how much change there will be if Fred Thompson joins the race.
I thought Wolf Blitzer did a great job moderating- that can't be easy with all that ego on a stage. Nice job CNN!
Posted By Pamina, Pittsford, New York : 4:28 PM ET
I agree completely with Betty Ann's intelligent, well spoken response.

While we have many benefits as citizens of this country, we also have a responsibility to ensure our way of life will go on with a government protected by the guarantees of the U.S. Constitution, not the guarantees from an out of control Executive branch which sees fit to ignore Constitutional protections.

In addition, we have been lied to in order to support an unjust war where thousands of U.S. soldiers and tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians are being slaughtered, we have an economy based on expanding debt, and an ever widening gap between the rich and poor just to name a few of our major problems in these dark times, and make no mistake, that is what they are.

These Presidential candidates must clearly state their position regarding G.W. Bush policies and either announce they agree with them, or publicly denounce them now. None should be considered a Presidential candidate until they do so.
Posted By Joseph Kowalski, North Huntingdon, PA : 5:30 PM ET
As our government debates the re-institution of 'habeous corpus' we still have citizens believing that "we live in the greatest nation in the world".
Wake up !!
Our government is corrupt,special interests buy off our congressman every day,we have so many bureaucrats and so many arcane rules we are paralysed into inaction (remember Katrina?).
As Plato said "you tend to end up with the democracy you deserve"--and we have!
Don't even think about our national debt and continuing deficits as the politicos crow about reducing taxes--for today perhaps but the future citizens who will have to pay of these massive debts will not like it when forced to pay the piper.
What we really have today is fascism delivered by both parties and their special interest lobbyists.
Enough already--start learning to bow down even more to the Fuhrer and Obengruppenfuhrer--it is the only way you will survive!
All hope is gone and the military/industrial complex has taken over.
We are now viewed as a rogue nation by the rest of the world--and who can blame them?
I grieve for our once great and greatly admired nation!
Posted By Trevor Smith,Portland ,Oregon : 7:04 PM ET
Boy, I for one will be happy when we have a president in the White House that is not stubborn, hardheaded, and who has more common sense than a house plant. Soon, very soon.
Posted By DonRogers, SAN DIEGO, CA : 5:37 PM ET
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