Mitt Romney: “It is simply unthinkable that each Democrat, asked if they would rather get out, or rather win, each one, with their answer, only spoke of getting out.”
He then hits the Democrats, including Hillary, for attempting to take credit progress in Iraq. It gets applause, and seems to wake up the audience a bit.
Russert: Six in ten say the removal of Saddam Hussein was not worth the price in blood and treasure. Will you say the war was a good idea, it was worth the price in blood and treasure, and will we leave? Russert wants the response in 30 seconds. That’s a stupid and arbitrary time limit.
McCain says it was worthwhile, and hits Rumsfeld for postwar management.
The right answer: “If it was such a bad idea, why did you vote for the war?”
Hey, as I type that, Giuliani gives more or less that answer. Bravo, Mr. Mayor.
Brian Williams says he’s asked the audience to not applaud.
Russert’s mike is still on: “Did you see this? It’s unbelievable.” I wonder what he’s referring to – the New York Times endorsing McCain, perhaps?