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Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani, left, attends a veterans roundtable with Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007, at American Legion Post 119 in Largo, Florida.

The long awaited statement on Rudy Giuliani’s health has been released:

STATEMENT FROM DR. VALENTIN FUSTER, THE MOUNT SINAI MEDICAL CENTER, MAYOR GIULIANI’S PERSONAL PHYSICIAN

“I have been Rudy Giuliani’s personal physician for more than seven years.

I was informed late Wednesday evening that Mr. Giuliani was suffering from a significant headache and fatigue. These symptoms can be described as possibly “flu-like.”

As Mr. Giuliani’s personal physician, I stayed in contact with the doctors at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis throughout the course of the evening. Because of the significant headache, it was important to have as much information as possible and err on the side of caution.

Mr. Giuliani underwent the following tests at Barnes-Jewish Hospital: CT-MRI of the brain, ultrasound of the carotid arteries, and spinal fluid evaluation. These tests all came back normal.

Furthermore, a PSA taken within the past month was negligible or undetectable, and routine laboratory tests were normal. Upon returning to New York City, Mr. Giuliani came to me for an examination and a further test, a transesophageal echocardiogram, which was normal. I confirmed there was no change in his health status.

Mr. Giuliani was not prescribed any medication and I recommended that he lighten his schedule only for a few days.

It is my medical opinion that Rudy Giuliani is in very good health.”

Valentin Fuster, M.D., PH.D.

Professor of Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Dr. Fuster serves The Mount Sinai Medical Center as Director of Mount Sinai Heart, the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute and the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health. Among the positions of distinction he holds, Dr. Fuster is former President of the American Heart Association, immediate Past President of the World Heart Federation, a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and a former member of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Advisory Council.

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Ouch, Rudy had a spinal tap in St. Louis. But, his health is fine and as Flap pointed out with a headache under stress in a man Rudy’s age you will be certain that it was not a TIA. And, Flap is happy that it was not.

Now, onto Rudy’s big state, Florida plus Super Tuesday strategy.

Facing criticism for pursuing a strategy that essentially bypasses the early primary states in favor of Florida and later states, Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that he trusts that the Sunshine State will “make it’s own statement”–one he is gambling will be for him.

“I think the people of Florida will make their own decision on who they think will be the best Republican candidate…our states don’t always vote the same,” he said in response to a question about whether he can survive likely losses in the first five primary and caucus states. “I can’t think of a person whose one a contested nomination that’s won every primary. We’ve always had somebody wins one, somebody wins another, then you have a contest. So by the time we get to Florida on January 29, it’s going to be early enough for Florida to make its own statement, and make a very strong decision that will have an impact going forward.”

Click on the photo to hear Giuliani discuss why he thinks Floridians will make up their own mind as to their choice for President.

Republican presidential hopeful and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani attends a veterans roundtable Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007, at American Legion Post 119 in Largo, Florida.

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A campaign poster of Republican presidential hopeful, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s dad, George Romney, hangs on a wall at Robie’s General Store in Hooksett, N.H., Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007. Also, at left, an Vietnam War era image of another Republican presidential candidate, then naval aviator John McCain.

The gloves are definitely off between Mitt Romney and John McCain in New Hampshire.

  • Romney: “I’ve had personal attacks launched on me both in Iowa and in NH, and at this stage I haven’t responded on a personal basis but I’m not making any guarantees. I haven’t decided what we’re doing down the road.”
  • McCain: “I know something about tailspins, and it’s pretty clear Mitt Romney is in one. It’s disappointing that he would launch desperate, flailing and false attacks in an attempt to maintain relevance. As the Union Leader said today, New Hampshire voters just aren’t buying his act, and these latest attacks won’t help him.”

The negative mail and television ads are being prepared as Flap writes.

Stay tuned…….




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Iran says Moscow could soon start supplying it with the Russian S300 missile air defence system. The announcement was made by Iran’s Defence Minister, Mostafa Mohammad Najjar, who was speaking to the Fars news agency.

For a country that confirms they stopped their nuclear weapon development program over three years ago, Iran is unexplainably increasing their defense posture to protect what?

Could it be the CIA’s Iran NIE was WRONG?

The United States needs better intelligence and must make it clear to Russia that a resumption of Cold War surrogate development with Iran will be met with renewed American efforts to undermine the Putin dictatorship.

Stay tuned…….

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Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks at a town hall meeting in Londonderry, New Hampshire December 22, 2007

The old adage of not picking fights with someone who buys their ink by the barrel has bitten Mitt Romney not once but twice.

First, there was the Concord Monitor:

In the 2008 campaign for president, there are numerous issues on which Romney has no record, and so voters must take him at his word. On these issues, those words are often chilling. While other candidates of both parties speak of restoring America’s moral leadership in the world, Romney has said he’d like to “double” the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, where inmates have been held for years without formal charge or access to the courts. He dodges the issue of torture – unable to say, simply, that waterboarding is torture and America won’t do it.

When New Hampshire partisans are asked to defend the state’s first-in-the-nation primary, we talk about our ability to see the candidates up close, ask tough questions and see through the baloney. If a candidate is a phony, we assure ourselves and the rest of the world, we’ll know it.

Mitt Romney is such a candidate. New Hampshire Republicans and independents must vote no.

Today, the New Hampshire Union Leader PILES ON:

THERE IS A reason Mitt Romney has not received a single newspaper endorsement in New Hampshire. It’s the same reason his poll numbers are dropping. He has not been able to convince the people of this state that he’s the conservative he says he is.

Like a lot of people in New Hampshire, we wanted to believe Romney. We gave him the benefit of the doubt. We listened very carefully to his expertly rehearsed sales pitch. But in the end he didn’t close the deal for us. Now, two weeks before the primary, the same is happening with voters.

Republicans and right-leaning independents in New Hampshire gave Romney a chance. His events have not been sparsely attended. Nor have they been scarce. He’s made more campaign stops here this year than any other Republican, even John McCain.

And after a year of comparing Romney to McCain, of sizing up the two in person and in the media, Granite Staters are turning back to McCain. The former Navy pilot, once written off by the national media establishment, is now in a statistical dead heat with Romney here.

How could that be? Romney has all the advantages: money, organization, geographic proximity, statesman-like hair, etc.

But he lacks something John McCain has in spades: conviction.

Granite Staters want a candidate who will look them in the eye and tell them the truth. John McCain has done that day in and day out, never wavering, never faltering, never pandering.

Mitt Romney has not. He has spoken his lines well, but the people can sense that the words are memorized, not heartfelt.

Last week Romney was reduced to debating what the meaning of “saw” is. It was only the latest in a string of demonstrably false claims — he’d been a hunter “pretty much” all his life, he’d had the NRA’s endorsement, he marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. — that call into question the veracity of his justifications for switching sides on immigration, abortion, taxes and his affection for Ronald Reagan.

In this primary, the more Mitt Romney speaks, the less believable he becomes. That is why Granite Staters who have listened attentively are now returning to John McCain. They might not agree with McCain on everything, as we don’t, but like us, they judge him to be a man of integrity and conviction, a man who won’t sell them out, who won’t break his promises, and who won’t lie to get elected.

Voters can see that John McCain is trustworthy. Mitt Romney has spent a year trying to convince Granite Staters that he is as well. It looks like they aren’t buying it. And for good reason.

OUCH…….

Being called a PHONY and LESS BELIEVABLE and UN-TRUSTWORTHY will not portend well for candidate Romney.

Stay tuned……

Update:

The Romney campaign response:

“We are proud of the endorsements we have received from leading conservative journals and figures, which includes the National Review, Judge Robert Bork and US Senator Judd Gregg. In each case, they recognize that Governor Romney is the best person to unite the foreign policy, economic and social conservative wings of the party into the same winning coalition that carried Ronald Reagan to the White House.”

Update #2:

Here is a review of New Hampshire newspapers. But, it is NOTEWORTHY that not one New Hampshire newspaper has endorsed neighboring Governor and New Hampshire vacationer, Mitt Romney.

Update #3:

The Romney campaign BLAMES the unfavorable press on the newspapers being too liberal.

Talk about spin……..

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