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Soldier and statesman, Alexander Haig never lived down his televised response to the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. Haig died Saturday at age 85 having held high posts in three Republican administrations and some of the U.S. military’s top jobs.
Haig was a four-star Army general who served as a senior adviser to three presidents and had presidential ambitions of his own. He died early in the day at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore of complications from an infection, his family said. He was surrounded by his family, according to two of his children, Alexander and Barbara.
Haig’s long and decorated military service launched the Washington career for which he is better known, including jobs in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations.
President Barack Obama praised Haig on Saturday as a public servant who “exemplified our finest warrior-diplomat tradition of those who dedicate their lives to public service.”
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Haig “served his country in many capacities for many years, earning honor on the battlefield, the confidence of presidents and prime ministers, and the thanks of a grateful nation.”
For full story: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_obit_haig
Christopher Cox, a 30-year old attorney who served as the Executive Director for John McCain’s Presidential Campaign in New York, has announced that he will run for Congress in New York’s 1st Congressional district:
Chris Cox, an attorney and the grandson of former president Richard Nixon, is running for Congress in New York, according to his campaign web site.
Cox, 30, a New York native, is among a field of candidates seeking the GOP nomination to face incumbent Democrat Tim Bishop in the state’s 1st Congressional District on Eastern Long Island, Huffington Post reported. A web site bio describes Cox as “a fiscal conservative who will fight for limited government and lower taxes.”
During the 2008 presidential election, Cox served as executive director of John McCain’s New York campaign. He is a former associate at the law firm Weil, Gotshal and Manges and is the son of the Ed Cox, current chairman of the Empire State GOP.
Cox, a graduate of the New York University School of Law and Princeton University, has never held elected office.
With the White House attempting to “neuter” the US Chamber of Commerce, and to villianize FOXNews, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) went to the Senate floor to issue a stern warning directed at the White House. Alexander is the last Nixon White House aide still in public service, and, as he stressed from the floor of the Senate, he know’s, we know, how the Nixon “enemies list” turned out.
It has been said that one of the deciding moments in the 1960 Presidential race came when, for the first time, the debates were televised. The debate was held on September 26, 1960. Though Richard Nixon was only a mere 5 years older than John Kennedy, his uneasiness in the debate forum was underscored by his unwillingness to wear makeup, which allowed the cameras to capture has stress. Kennedy, on the other hand, came across with confidence.
So how will John McCain and Barack Obama fair as they face off in their first debate on September 26th? First and foremost, the candidates have decided on a format that allows for discussion between them after the debate question has been answered. This factor may be a high positive for John McCain, since Obama does not do as well off “the cuff” and without a teleprompter.
The Obama team will gather this week in Tampa, FL to have a “debate camp” to prepare Obama for the debate. Sen. Obama has a problem in “getting to the point” in his answer. In fact, he answers a question very much like a law student would answer a law school essay, basically giving both sides of the answer. Often, he never really gets to the answer. Last night, on 60 Minutes, Obama became a bit flippant with the interviewer because he felt he had been interrupted. It gave an air of arrogance when he did it.
For John McCain, the key in preparing will be to continually hammer at Obama’s lack of experience and Obama’s lack of answering in details instead of generalities. John McCain has to drawn on his ease of talking to the TownHall format, and how uncomfortable being questioned makes Obama feel. Most of all, he has to draw on his foreign policy advantage. Obama Senior Advisor Anita Dunn has been quoted as saying that “In this first debate, John McCain has the home-field advantage with his expertise on foreign policy.” (Wall Street Journal 09/22/08).
If McCain can handle the timed section of each question as though it’s a TownHall meeting, he’ll do well with the free-flow exchange that ensues with Obama. Keeping in mind the closeness in the polls, a strong showing by McCain in the first debate will go a long way toward strengthening his position.