The following piece was produced through the Huffington Post's OffTheBus. Edited by Richard Riehl and Denise Wheeler. Reported by Kirsten Anderson, Christian Avard, River Curtis-Stanley, Jodi Lampert, Julie Pierce, and Debbi Plummer.
Best quote of the week!: While on the campaign trail in New Hampshire, Rudy Giuliani crowed, "I took a city that was known for pornography and licked it to a large extent, so I have my own set of qualifications."
Nice guys finish first: The Richardson campaign is trumpeting the latest Zogby poll, revealing he would be the least objectionable of all the presidential candidates. Only 34% said they'd never vote for him. So here's Roadkill's suggestion for his next bumper sticker: "Richardson '08: You Could Do Worse!"
Chris Dodd lays it on the line: Email message from the candidate yesterday: "Let's get right to it and talk about how we stop retroactive telecommunications immunity from becoming law." Yes, Chris, let's. If RTI's are anything like STD's, we're DEFINITELY against them.
Giuliani thinks even the blind should be armed: During a town hall meeting in NH Tuesday night, a former police officer, blinded in the line of duty, expressed his concerns about the mayor's stance on guns. "You don't have to worry" Rudy told him. "You have a constitutional right to bear and carry arms. And if someone disagrees with that, then you have to get the Constitution changed."
Will you be having cake?: The McCain campaign is always ready to celebrate! We were reminded by email yesterday that tomorrow is the 40th anniversary of the day the No Surrender candidate was captured in Vietnam! Hurrah? Boo? Sorry? None of those sound quite right. Oh wait, the email suggests we commemorate this not-so-joyful day by donating to the campaign! That's a relief. We had no idea what kind of wine he preferred.
Mitt's the most popular with internet values voters: In an email yesterday the Romney campaign boasted that Mitt had won the Family Research Council's Values Voters Straw poll. Sure enough, he whipped Huck in the overall voting with 27.62% of the vote, compared to the Huckster's measly 27.15%. Of the 5,775 votes cast, 30 more were for Mitt. The in-person voters' poll was another matter, where Huck beat Mitt by 51% to 10%. Apparently Mitt looks better from a distance.