The Corner

Equal-Opportunity Hardballs

In case someone wants to argue that Chris Wallace in his new Fox capacity only presses Democrats with hardballs, see these Carville-echo questions to Rudy Giuliani yesterday:

“Let me switch, if I can, from the national security side to the domestic side, because there was less emphasis on that in the convention. And Democrats say that the president has a lot to answer for on the Democratic side. Let me give you a couple of examples here. 1.3 million more people living in poverty last year; 1.4 million more without health insurance; 900,000 jobs lost since Mr. Bush became president. Mr. Mayor, is that a record to run on?”

And: “Let me ask you about another domestic issue, if I can. The administration announced it late on Friday of Labor Day weekend, but Medicare premiums are going to go up 17.5 percent next year, which is the largest increase in 15 years. Is that a record to run on?”

Giuliani’s answers were not very impressive. But the fuller, policy-wonk answers on Medicare are partially argued by the RNC here.

Tim Graham — Tim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...

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