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Oh-eight (R): Cindy McCain on Bush

BROWNBACK: The campaign announced this morning the release his new book "From Power to Purpose: A Remarkable Journey of Faith and Compassion" on July 3. "If we ever lose our goodness, we will surely lose our greatness," writes Brownback. "If America is to stay great, the moral character, shared beliefs and common sense of her people will once again have to step up in order for us to achieve our true destiny and purpose."GINGRICH: He stumped in Iowa yesterday, attracting over 100 folks in the Iowa City area.

GIULIANI: Campaigning in California yesterday, Giuliani "applauded the defeat" of the immigration reform bill in the Senate. Giuliani: "It was a typical Washington mess in every respect. It could've made things worse." Giuliani's "decision to spend this week raising cash has angered many Latinos because he and the other Republican presidential candidates had been expected to attend the national conference of Latino elected officials today. Instead, Giuliani will be raising cash in Southern California."

MCCAIN: The New York Times profiles wife Cindy. "With two sons in the military, including one who is about to be deployed to Iraq, she is far from the demure campaign wife [she was in 2000], especially when it comes to the winner of that South Carolina primary, George W. Bush. 'I'm angry at them,' Mrs. McCain, 53, said when questioned about the Bush administration's handling of the war in Iraq. She said that the administration was paying the price for not having listened to her husband."

More from her: "'I really do wish they'd listen to my husband,' Mrs. McCain said. 'He's a man of experience. And he tried to tell them in the early days when he went over there and the guys were saying we need more boots on the ground. And he went back and said: "Look this is what I was told. I know it, I saw it." He speaks from experience, and yet they weren't listening.'"

Also, the piece recounts the time when the McCains' daughter discovered the news recently (via a Google search) of the whisper campaign that involved her during the 2000 South Carolina primary.

For the second time this week, McCain had to deny he would drop out. Will local reporters continue to hound him wherever he goes if his fundraising is too far behind Romney and Giuliani?


The Boston Globe's sixth part of its seven-part series on Romney details his rise to the governorship of Massachusetts after the Salt Lake City Olympics. He was rumored to be mulling a run for governor in either Massachusetts or Utah, but wanted a "position with enough national exposure to launch a presidential campaign. Massachusetts was clearly the bigger launch pad." The Boston Globe's Lehigh writes about the dog-on-the-rooftop incident: "… Poor Seamus Romney… If the rooftop ride really was such a smart solution, at the very least Mitt could have taken a turn up there himself. Certainly he's proved resolute in the face of risk … and I have it on good report that the hair product he uses is guaranteed to hold fast in gusts of up to 70 miles an hour."

The AP says that Romney, who was facing a deadline today, "won't have to disclose details of his financial holdings until mid-August, under an extension obtained from the Office of Government Ethics" because aides were still compiling data on his blind trust.

This can't be good. There are questions around the Big Dig safety review. "The SEC is probing whether Romney administration officials intentionally misled potential investors by inaccurately stating in four separate bond statements between August, 2005 and April, 2006 they were reviewing the safety of the mammoth project."


Fred Thompson's stop in New Hampshire yesterday gets a solid review in today's Union Leader. The Politico says that "for Thompson's all-but-declared presidential bid, the prospect of being a favorite son of the South could be a key strategy for besting the rest of the GOP field."

The Hill reports on something we've been wondering ourselves. Could the FEC determine that Thompson spent June more as a candidate than as someone "testing the waters" and therefore violate election law if he doesn't file an FEC report by July 15? Thompson spokesperson Mark Corallo on the anonymous complains of the "testing the waters" committee. "All of the Thompson testing-the-waters committee activities have been and continue to be performed pursuant to these regulations which have been on the books for decades," Corallo said in an e-mail. "I suppose those legal ignoramuses (or is it ignorami?) forgot to check the rules. They could have made a quick call to the [former New York City Mayor Rudy] Giuliani campaign which started out as a testing-the-waters committee this cycle."