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KTTV News in Los Angeles reports on Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s warm reception as he stumped in Greeland, New Hampshire this weekend. Rudy talked about his proven record of cutting taxes 23 times and his commitment to lowering taxes and excess regulation to create new jobs.

USA Today/Gallup Poll:

  • Rudy 25% (28%, 11-11 thru 11-14 – 2 weeks ago)
  • Mike Huckabee 16% (10%)
  • John McCain 15% (13%)
  • Fred Thompson 15% (19%)
  • Mitt Romney 12% (12%)
  • Ron Paul 4% (5%)

Mike Huckabee has risen to second place but Rudy maintains an almost double digit lead. Mitt Romney continues in fourth place.

Survey of 425 Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents was conducted November 30-December 2. The margin of error is +/- 5 percentage points.

Stay tuned……..

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaks at a ceremony in Iran’s nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz, 300 kms 186 (miles) south of capital Tehran, Iran, Monday April, 9, 2007. Iran halted its nuclear weapons development program in the fall of 2003 under international pressure but is continuing to enrich uranium, which means it may still be able to develop a weapon between 2010 and 2015, senior intelligence officials said Monday, Dec. 3, 2007.

Iran halted its nuclear weapons development program in the fall of 2003 under international pressure, but is continuing to enrich uranium and could be capable of developing a weapon as early as late 2009, the U.S. intelligence community has concluded.

The nuclear clock is set back from the precipice of WAR. But, Iran continues to enrich uranium with 3,000 centrifuges spinning as we wait for the IAEA and United Nations to take action.

But, what has changed since the 2002 National Intelligence Estimate (NIE).

“Tehran’s decision to halt its nuclear weapons program suggests it is less determined to develop nuclear weapons than we have been judging since 2005,” states the unclassified summary of the secret report. “Our assessment that the program probably was halted primarily in response to international pressure suggests Iran may be more vulnerable to influence on the issue than we judged previously.”

Officials said the findings show diplomacy is effective in containing Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

“This is good news in that the U.S. policy coupled with the policies and actions of those who have been our partners appear to have had some success. Iran seems to have been pressured,” one official said. “Given that good news we don’t want to relax. We want to keep those pressures up.”

The key judgments conclude with “high confidence” that:

  • Until fall 2003, Iranian military entities were working under government direction to develop nuclear weapons
  • In fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program
  • The halt lasted at least several years
  • Iran has the scientific, technical and industrial capacity eventually to produce nuclear weapons if it decides to do reverse course
  • The halt, and Tehran’s announcement that it has suspended its declared uranium enrichment program and signed additional safeguards relating to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty are “primarily in response to increasing international scrutiny and pressure resulting from exposure of Iran’s previously undeclared nuclear work”
  • Iran will not be technically capable of producing and reprocessing enough plutonium for a weapon before about 2015.

The United States must continue the pressure on Iran – economic and political. This is “good news” but America must be positive that Iran has not resumed a nuclear weapon program.

Stay tuned…..

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (R) announces economic sanctions on Iran to pressure it to halt its nuclear program as U.S. Secretary of Treasury Henry Paulson stands next to her at the State Department in Washington October 25, 2007.

Update:

Britain says pressure on Iran justified.

“The report’s conclusions justify the action already taken by the international community to get to the bottom of Iran’s nuclear program and to increase pressure on the regime to stop its enrichment and reprocessing activities,” a British Foreign Ministry spokeswoman told AFP.

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Republican presidential hopeful and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, is seen on a video screen while he speaks at a ‘North Carolina Women for Rudy’ event at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, N.C., Monday, Dec. 3, 2007.

Rudy Giuliani today speaking before a “North Carolina Women for Rudy” event criticized Mike Huckabee over his “fair tax” proposal.

Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani criticized the “fair tax” proposal of rival candidate Mike Huckabee on Monday, saying it could hurt home buyers.

The former New York City mayor cited the struggling U.S. housing market as a reason to avoid the plan, which would eliminate all taxes on income and investments in favor of a hefty federal sales tax.

“I think there are several tax deductions that are vital to our economy,” Giuliani said. “This would not be a good time—I don’t know if there would ever be a good time to do this—to advocate ending the home mortgage deduction. The home mortgage deduction is considered by many critical to the ability of people to buy a home and keep their home.”

He also said deductions for charitable contributions and state and local taxes were important tax breaks that Huckabee’s plan would eliminate. The plan calls for getting rid of the Internal Revenue Service and giving taxpayers a monthly rebate on taxes on purchases up to the poverty line.

“Why waste our time trying to do this if we can’t actually accomplish it?” Giuliani said. “I try to put my time into things that we can actually accomplish.”

Let’s face it. Mike Huckabee’s plan to eliminate the Internal Revenue Service is “NUTTER”. And, so is the elimination of the progressive income tax in favor of regressive sales taxation.

Won’t be done – EVER.

The Democrats would grasp onto this proposal and ride it all of the way to the White House.

Mike Huckabee is a good man and alot better than some. But, the “FAIR TAX” is not realistic and shows how Huckabee REALLY is not ready for prime time.

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Republican presidential candidate and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani greets supporters after speaking at a ‘North Carolina Women for Rudy’ event at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, N.C., Monday, Dec. 3, 2007.

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Mike Huckabee is a booming. Look at the latest Rasmussen Daily Presidential tracking poll:

  • Rudy Giuliani 20%
  • Mike Huckabee 17%
  • Fred Thompson 14%
  • John McCain 13%
  • Mitt Romney 11%
  • Ron Paul 7%

Daily tracking results are from survey interviews conducted over four days ending last night. Each update includes approximately 750 Likely Democratic Primary Voters and 600 Likely Republican Primary Voters. Margin of sampling error for each is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

And, look at this:

Not only that, new polling data released today shows that Huckabee has pulled to within a single percentage point of Hillary Clinton in a general election match-up. Huckabee is also a frontrunner in Iowa and essentially tied for second in New Hampshire.

But, and there is a BIG BUT:

Rudy Giuliani is still seen as the most electable Republican. McCain, Romney, and Huckabee are essentially tied for second in this category.

Who are the BIGGEST LOSERS:

Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney whose poll strength has declined.  It is too early to say this is a two person race but it is moving that way: Giuliani and Huckabee.
Watch for the attacks to bring Huckabee’s poll numbers down – and FAST.

Stay tuned……..

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