Paul  Weyrich

Arizona Senator John S. McCain, III is everywhere. He virtually lives at NBC. If not there how about CNN. And talk shows. And late night shows. Oh, how the media loves him. A maverick who came close in 2000, he is looking to make one more run at the Presidency. And at the same moment, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani says he is thinking very seriously about running for President. Rudy, too, is loved by the media. How many times have you heard "America's Mayor" in introducing him. He is available to any network at the drop of a hat. My fondest hope is that they both run because they will be going after the same voters. Those voters within the GOP are driven by one issue alone and that is Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY). Fear of Clinton's election to the Presidency is palpable.

To cast aside issues of great importance from immigration to right to life to guns to marriage and many more merely for a theoretical match-up in the media is stupid to say the least. Polls I have seen show McCain edging Hillary by only a point or two. The same for Rudy. We don't know for certain that Clinton will run in 2008.

If she were to run she may or may not have a primary opponent. Just last Friday morning there was a story in a Washington, D.C. newspaper which suggested that if Senator Joseph I. Lieberman were to lose the Connecticut Democratic primary Hillary would be much more likely to face a challenger from the Left because of her support of the war and the defense build-up.

If both McCain and Giuliani run they would do so in the Republican primaries as well as caucus states, in which a state party convention rather than Republican voters at large elects delegates to the national convention.

Paul Weyrich

Paul M. Weyrich is the late Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Research and Education Foundation.
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