Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Cumberland Times

The Cumberland Times-News has done an editorial piece on the question of who should get the Republican nomination for President in 2008.

One writer went for Chuck Hagel and the other writer went for Rudy Giuliani. The following is an excerpt from the article. Richard Kerns picked Chuck Hagel as his dream candidate for the Republican nomination and this is part of the reasons that he gave.
Although a decorated Vietnam vet, Hagel doesn't trumpet his service as Kerry did. It's just three sentences in the middle of his official Senate biography. That speaks volumes to me.

Challenged for expressing concerns about the Patriot Act, Hagel said in December, “I took an oath of office to the Constitution, I didn't take an oath of office to my party or my president.”

Sounds like something McCain might have once said.

In November, Hagel had this to say when criticized for questioning U.S. policy in Iraq: “To question your government is not unpatriotic - to not question your government is unpatriotic.”

I may take issue with many of Hagel's senate votes, but as with my previous support of McCain, there are more important considerations than individual yeas and nays. What's desperately needed in the White House, above all else, is integrity, independence, courage, conviction. If such a candidate were to emerge, he - or she - would win my vote, regardless of affiliation Red or Blue...

They have also set up a poll, asking on-line readers the following question:
"Who should the Republican Party nominate for the presidency in 2008, Sen. Chuck Hagel, Rudy Giuliani, John McCain or that perennial favorite, None of the Above?"
Go to and vote for Chuck Hagel!

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