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Giuliani on FOX: Only Republicans can bring about energy independence and diversity

Reported by Chrish - August 7, 2008 -

Rudy Giuliani was the guest - again - on FOX and Friends this morning 8/7/08 to talk about the presidential campaign. Naturally he supports McCain and Republican talking points including drill here, drill now (you didn't think FOX and Friends was going to let a morning go by without that, did you?). But Giuliani made a new talking point that is so unreal, so through the looking glass, that it can't be ignored.

Asked if the perception that Republicans are out of touch with voters on issues like healthcare and education, Giuliani admitted they need to talk more about them, emphasizing offering "school choice," a.k.a. taxpayer-subsidized vouchers for religious schools, as a primary plank. They're "not locked into the system" like Democrats are.

As far as being out of touch, he acknowledged the losses in 2006 indicate that but the Republicans still have the best policies: lower taxes (for the rich), smaller government (oops), a strong (over-extended) national defense, and, he would add, education choice. Then he said

"It's quite apparent now that we're the only party that can bring about energy independence or energy diversity. The Democrats have ruled out two of the most important things that are necessary to getting us there: nuclear power and offshore drilling."

Who says they're the two most important? And who's ruled them out? Wanting to move cautiously with environmental and health protections in place sounds reasonable and attractive. So exactly who's "locked into the system?" His idea of energy diversity is oil from ANWR, oil from offshore, and oil from the Rocky Mountains.

Obama's comprehensive energy plans are being obfuscated and largely ignored on FOX. Taking a cue from the McCain camp we hear all about Obama's remark that properly inflated tires can make your car more efficient, in a mocking tone, until the word got out that AAA, NASCAR, and the Bush administration all recommend the same thing. As Obama said, "It's Like These Guys Take Pride in Being Ignorant." And they'd like to pass it on.