Thompson avoids error at his GOP debate debut. But Giuliani commits multiple gaffes.
Former Sen. Fred Thompson got the facts straight for his GOP debate debut Oct. 9. But former Mayor Rudy Giuliani added to a lengthening string of exaggerations and misstatements:
Giuliani claimed Sen. Hillary Clinton once called the free-market economy "the most destructive force in modern America." She didn't say that. She quoted another author who said free markets were "disruptive." She also said free markets bring prosperity.
The mayor falsely claimed Clinton proposes to give $1,000 to "everybody." Her proposed subsidies to workers' retirement accounts would be for couples making up to $60,000 a year and would be $500 for those making up to $100,000.
Giuliani falsely claimed that more than 2 percent of the nation's gross domestic product is spent on "frivolous" lawsuits. The figure is from a study about the cost of all lawsuits.
The Oct. 9 debate in Dearborn, Michigan, was the first in which former Sen. Fred Thompson appeared with the full array of Republican rivals. That led Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to quip that the long string of GOP debates had become like the NBC television program "Law & Order": "It has a huge cast, the series seems to go on forever, and Fred Thompson shows up at the end."
But Thompson made it through his first debate without making any false or misleading factual claims that we could detect, while former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani committed multiple factual gaffes, adding to a growing list of misstatements.
As I have said before, I would rather someone calmly tell me the facts behind their position than yell lies at me.
The old "fire in the belly" line on Fred has played itself out with me. I don't care if a candidate is jumping up and down screaming about how much he wants to be president. I would rather hear honest, well thought out answers to the problems we in this country face.
Rudy seems willing to stretch it a little to attack Hillary. While I have no love for Hillary you have to use factual statements against the Clintons. They know politics and can use any mistakes to make you look like an ass.
In case you have not figured it out yet, let me enlighten you. Politicians will tell you anything to get your vote. This is the main goal of all politicians.
This is what sets Fred apart from the rest. It seems to me like he is calling it like he sees it. The rest seem to be trying to get me to vote for them. Of course Fred wants the votes too. He is doing what it takes to get mine.
Win, Fred, Win