2012年7月20日金曜日

米副大統領候補 カダフィの夜のお友達

次期米副大統領有力候補に、カダフィのベッドの友人が報道された。
 米大統領選の共和党候補、ロムニー前マサチューセッツ州知事(65)の
副大統領の最有力候補として、黒人女性のコンドリーザ・ライス元国務
長官(57)が急浮上してきた。

Drudge Reprot
・ロムニー選挙対策本部幹部の話として、ライス氏が副大統領候補の
 最有力だ。

Condoleezza Rice
・来る大統領選は、私の生涯において最も重要なできごとになるかもしれ
 ない。
・米国外交についてよく聞かれるが、内政がおぼつかなくて外交は語れ
 ない。
・(CBSで副大統領候補の可能性について)あり得ない。
・(ABCで)政界に戻る気はないと思う

ロムニーは、有権者が増加した有色人種目当てに、ライスを候補にした
ようだ。
しかし、イラク戦争戦犯のライスに従軍した関係者が投票するとは思え
ないし、中絶擁護派だから、ティーパーティは相手にしないだろう。
次期副大統領候補には、お金持ちの友人やヒスパニック系女性知事等の
報道もあり、ライスを使って選挙キャンペーンをしたのかもしれない。

Victoria Nuland
カダフィのライス写真集について、
"deeply bizarre and deeply creepy"

ライスはもっと気味悪く、気持ち悪かったと思う。

金にまかした次期副大統領選運動。
ネガティブキャンペーンが多く、評判は良くない、

ゴマすりライス「大統領の見解で解除の基準満たす」
外交委公聴会 イラク占領軍にライス反論
「核の傘」の脅威低下
イラク戦争終結へ
I will transmit this information
米連邦最高裁 不法移民対策法一部違法


Gaddafi friend turned foe


Who's up and who's down in the veepstakes race?


Running Mate: Romney Veepstakes a Useful Distraction


Obama for America TV Ad: "Firms"


Where Did All The Money Go?


---副大統領候補にライス氏急浮上---
2012.7.14 10:02
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/world/news/120714/amr12071410030003-n1.htm

 【ワシントン=佐々木類】米大統領選の共和党候補、ロムニー前マサチューセッツ州知事(65)の副大統領の最有力候補として、黒人女性のコンドリーザ・ライス元国務長官(57)が急浮上してきた。米メディアが13日一斉に伝えた。
 米政界に関するスクープを放つことで知られる政治専門サイト「ドラッジ・レポート」がロムニー選挙対策本部幹部の話として、ライス氏が副大統領候補の最有力だと報じたためだ。

「生涯で重要」
 この情報と呼応するかのように、ライス氏は共和党支持者らに対して最近、電子メールを送付。大統領選について、「来る大統領選は私の生涯において最も重要なできごとになるかもしれない」、「米国外交についてよく聞かれるが、内政がおぼつかなくて外交は語れない」などと、景気対策で有効打を放てないオバマ政権を批判するかのような文面を披露、憶測に拍車をかけた。
 ロムニー氏は現職でないため弱点となっている、未知数の外交力を補う期待のほか、オバマ氏が地盤の一つとする黒人票の切り崩しが狙いとみられる。
ただ、ライス氏は米CBSテレビに、副大統領候補の可能性について「あり得ない」と否定。ライス氏の報道担当者も13日、ABCテレビに「政界に戻る気はないと思う」と語った。
 レーガン元大統領のスピーチライターだったペギー・ヌーナン氏は、「ライス氏が副大統領候補になるなら、こんな素晴らしいことはない」と歓迎している。

前政権で国務長官
 ライス氏は、ブッシュ政権で国家安全保障問題担当大統領補佐官、国務長官を歴任、現在スタンフォード大教授。旧ソ連が専門。
 ドラッジ・レポートは2008年、オバマ候補(当時)がソマリアの民族衣装を着た写真を掲載。民主党の指名争いをしていたクリントン陣営がネガティブ・キャンペーンで配布したと速報。1998年には、クリントン大統領(当時)とホワイトハウスの元研修生モニカ・ルインスキー氏との不適切な関係をニューズウィーク誌が握りつぶしていると伝え、注目された。


---ライス前米国務長官が写ったカダフィ大佐の秘蔵写真見つかる-リビア---
更新日時: 2011/08/26 10:06 JST
http://www.bloomberg.co.jp/news/123-LQIDLS0D9L3501.html

 8月25日(ブルームバーグ):リビアの反体制派が今週カダフィ大佐の居住区を急襲した際、ライス前米国務長官が写った大佐の写真アルバムを発見した。大佐はかつて、ライス氏を「素敵なアフリカ系黒人女性」と称していた。
 米国務省のビクトリア・ヌーランド報道官は25日、写真アルバムの発見について「極めて違和感があり、非常に気味が悪い」と語った。
 カダフィ大佐が米国との関係改善を目指していた2008年9月、大佐とライス氏はラマダン(イスラム教の断食月)期間中のイフタール(日没後の食事)を共にした。首都トリポリに8時間滞在したライス氏は、過去50年余りでリビアを訪れた米当局者の中で最も地位が高かった。
 イフタールではカダフィ大佐は白いローブをまとい、アフリカ大陸をかたどった模様の緑色と黄色のサッシュを付けて現れ、ライス氏は縦じま模様の地味なグレーのスーツを着ていた。
 カダフィ大佐は直接面会する前からライス氏の大ファンだった。大佐は07年のカタールの衛星テレビ局アルジャジーラとのインタビューでライス氏について「素敵なアフリカ系黒人女性」と語っていた。


---Mitt Romney considering early vice-presidential announcement---
6:49AM BST 18 Jul 2012
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/us-politics/9407479/Mitt-Romney-considering-early-vice-presidential-announcement.html

Mitt Romney may be preparing to unveil his running mate sooner rather than later, amid speculation the Republican White House contender seeks to quickly pry the magnifying glass off his business and tax records.

 Some observers have honed in on this week, and notably Mr Romney's appearance at a campaign event in the must-win state of Ohio on Wednesday, as one in the narrowing list of possible periods in which the candidate may announce who will be on his ticket as he challenges President Barack Obama in November.

The question is: will Romney make a safe pick - Senator Rob Portman of Ohio and former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty top most short lists - or will he go for a riskier but energising choice, like ex-secretary of state Condoleezza Rice or Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, that could set a spark to his campaign?

Candidates divulge little about the secretive VP vetting process, and Romney has clamped a corporate-style seal around the all-important operation.

But hints have trickled out, including a New York Times report Monday which cited Mr Romney friends saying they believe he has made his decision and it could be announced as soon as this week.

The campaign offered a tease of its own on Tuesday, announcing directors of operations and communications for the vice presidential candidate.

Picks are usually announced much closer to or during the party's national convention, which for Republicans this year is late August.

"However, the general election campaign has begun early with an unusually large amount of money already being spent," Allan Lichtman, an American University professor and expert on presidential campaigns, told AFP.

"Romney also wants to divert the conversation from his role at Bain and his tax returns."

The candidate, a multimillionaire and former governor of Massachusetts, has been pummeled in recent weeks over his time at Bain Capital, the private equity firm he founded and led for 15 years.

The Obama camp argues Romney presided over the firm when it bought up US companies that then shipped jobs to low-wage economies overseas.

Mr Romney also faces pressure to release more than his promised two years of tax returns, as recent reports have drilled into his lucrative holdings in offshore tax havens.

He travels abroad in late July, and some say Romney would be jumping the gun if he makes the VP announcement before his trip.

"The longer he can tease the decision, the better," said Matt Dickinson, a political science professor at Middlebury College.

"The ideal rollout is to make the announcement during the convention... for maximum suspense and exposure."

The Times piece focused on Mr Pawlenty, a truckdriver's son with down-to-earth appeal who could help counter the image of Mr Romney as an elite businessman.

"T-Paw" is also an evangelical Christian, which could assuage religious conservatives wary of Romney's Mormon faith.

But Mr Dickinson said Mr Pawlenty lacks the "pizzazz factor," and brings little to the table other than his workingman roots and extensive experience on the stump for Mr Romney.

He thinks Mr Portman is the top choice, a levelheaded senator who served in two cabinet posts as George W Bush's trade representative and budget director, and who can deliver perhaps the most crucial state of the entire election.

"He can balance Mitt's private sector background with his own inside-the-beltway (Washington) experience and knowledge of the federal budget," Mr Dickinson said.

Mr Portman has played down the VP conjecture, and on Tuesday told Fox News that "I have not" heard recently from Mr Romney about the job.

Also in the "veepstakes" is New Mexico's Susana Martinez, who could kill two birds with one stone as the nation's first Hispanic female governor.

But Mr Martinez may have too many similarities with Sarah Palin as a popular new governor from a small state who has little national exposure.

Undoubtedly in the back of Romney's mind is his predecessor John McCain's rebellious pick of political unknown Palin, the governor of Alaska who at first fired up the conservative base but wound up as a liability.

The charismatic Rubio is routinely mentioned as a possible running mate. Romney may hope the son of Cuban immigrants can help in key state Florida and other battlegrounds that have large Hispanic populations.

But he has less experience than Mr Obama did when he ran in 2008, and some observers worry there may be skeletons lurking in the cupboard.

Ultimately, Mr Dickinson believes, Mr Romney is not going to gamble.

"I think he would feel more comfortable with a safe pick," the professor said. "The idea here is not to take the focus away from the central issue of this campaign, which is Obama and the economy."

Source: agencies


---Romney's Ticket Talk Is Heating Up---
Updated July 17, 2012, 10:10 p.m. ET
By COLLEEN MCCAIN NELSON And SARA MURRAY
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303933704577533212633124788.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

In the time before his party's national convention late next month, Mitt Romney still has one surefire way to draw the spotlight to his campaign: When he names a running mate, the choice will dominate the political conversation.

But both the person he selects and the timing of the announcement come with trade-offs that the Romney camp must weigh.

It appears unlikely now that Mr. Romney will name his selection before departing next week for a trip abroad. Unveiling a vice-presidential pick before then would detract attention from a trip to the London Olympics that would allow Mr. Romney to showcase his success running the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, followed by a stop in Israel and perhaps elsewhere to show his grasp of foreign policy.

One person familiar with the vetting process said Mr. Romney was likely to name his pick after he returns from abroad but weeks before the convention begins Aug. 27, because the campaign envisions Mr. Romney and his No. 2 touring the country together, in large part to raise money.

Speculation swirled briefly that Mr. Romney's pick could be unveiled this week. That would help shift the conversation from attacks by President Barack Obama on Mr. Romney's career as a private-equity investor and calls by Democrats and some Republicans for him to release more years of his tax returns.

Preparations already are in progress for the announcement. The Romney campaign said Tuesday it had hired two people to act as staff for the eventual vice-presidential nominee, and people familiar with the process said more staffers would be hired soon. One person said the staff wouldn't know who the selection is until it is announced.

The Romney team has confirmed little about the shortlist of contenders, but the small cadre of senators, governors and House members campaigning for Mr. Romney has provided clues. The first consideration, aides say, is that the person be ready to serve as president.

It isn't realistic to think a running mate could deliver a particular swing state or voting bloc, said Charles Black, a GOP strategist who served as an adviser to Sen. John McCain during his 2008 presidential bid. "Vice-presidential nominees don't deliver much," he said.

Rather, he said, the goal usually is to select a running mate who has minimal baggage, wouldn't become a distraction, could reinforce the candidate's message and would raise money.

A close friend of Mr. Romney's said the Republican presidential candidate knows what he wants in the second spot on the ticket: "Someone he can trust as a partner.…Trust really matters."

Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio and Tim Pawlenty, a former governor of Minnesota, are possible picks. Both have a good relationship with Mr. Romney, and both have been campaign surrogates on the trail and on television.

"If Rob Portman is the choice, Gov. Romney will be all the better for it," former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu said Tuesday. He cited Mr. Portman's experience in government and lauded his campaign skills.

But Mr. Portman could link Mr. Romney in voters' minds with the administration of George W. Bush, which Mr. Portman served as budget director.

Mr. Pawlenty's blue-collar roots and efforts to appeal to so-called Sam's Club Republicans are considered strengths, but questions remain about whether his low-key demeanor would fire up the party base.

Mr. Romney's wife, Ann, has suggested a woman should be considered, which helped put the focus on former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. But Ms. Rice also served in the Bush administration and has described herself as holding "mildly pro-choice" views. Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum told ABC News Tuesday it is "nonnegotiable" that Mr. Romney choose a running mate who opposes abortion rights.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire also has spoken often for the campaign, but her time in national politics has been limited to the less than two years she has served in the Senate.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida bring compelling personal stories as the sons of immigrants. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin have pushed muscular approaches to handling deficits that excite fiscal conservatives. But each carries a mark against him. Mr. Rubio is new to the national stage. Mr. Christie has gotten into fights with voters. In choosing Mr. Ryan, Mr. Romney would be reinforcing his embrace of proposals both have made to significantly change the Medicare program. Mr. Jindal endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry during the GOP primaries.

Mr. Romney hasn't been heavily involved in the vetting, instead leaving it to Beth Myers, his longtime adviser who was tasked with evaluating potential running mates, according to someone familiar with the matter. She has interviewed all of the potential choices. While Mr. Romney has met with everyone on the shortlist, he hasn't conducted any of the interviews with vice-presidential hopefuls.

Mark Gearan, who was involved in Bill Clinton's vice-presidential selection process in 1992 and was Al Gore's campaign manager that year, said that just because a potential pick looks good on paper, it doesn't make that person the right fit. "Some of the rules are a bit overstated," Mr. Gearan said. In the end, "a gut check is pretty critical."
-Patrick O'Connor
and Daniel Lippman contributed to this article.


---ROMNEY NARROWS VP CHOICES; CONDI EMERGES AS FRONTRUNNER---
Thu Jul 12 2012 19:30:01 ET
http://www.drudgereport.com/flashcm.htm

**Exclusive**
Late Thursday evening, Mitt Romney's presidential campaign launched a new fundraising drive, 'Meet The VP' -- just as Romney himself has narrowed the field of candidates to a handful, sources reveal.

And a surprise name is now near the top of the list: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice!

The timing of the announcement is now set for 'coming weeks'.

It was Condi who received two standing ovations at Romney's Utah retreat a few weeks ago, and everyone left with her name on their lips.

Rice made an extended argument for American leadership in the world.

In recent days, she emailed supporters:

"2012 is perhaps a turning point for the United States."

"The upcoming elections loom as one of the most important in my lifetime," she warned. "I'm very often asked to speak about our current foreign policy and the challenges that lie before us. However, we, as a country, are not going to be able to address any of those international challenges unless we first get our domestic house in order."


---In the ruins of Gadhafi's lair, rebels find album filled with photos of his 'darling' Condoleezza Rice---
By David R Arnott, NBC News
25 Aug 2011 6:49am, EDT
http://photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/08/25/7470058-in-the-ruins-of-gadhafis-lair-rebels-find-album-filled-with-photos-of-his-darling-condoleezza-rice?lite

"Deeply bizarre and deeply creepy."

That's how the State Department is describing a surprising find inside the compound of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi: a photo album filled with page after page of pictures of Condoleezza Rice, the former secretary of state who visited Tripoli in 2008. The pictures were first highlighted here on PhotoBlog and went on to be published around the world.

The album is just the latest addition to a bizarre collection of loot discovered by rebel fighters ransacking Gadhafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound. Earlier this week, PhotoBlog published images of the Libyan leader's eccentric fashion accessories and his daughter's golden mermaid couch.
The Associated Press reports:

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland on Thursday said she hasn’t seen pictures of the album. “I think I don’t need to see the photos, but bizarre and creepy are good adjectives to describe much of Gadhafi’s behavior,” Nuland said. “It doesn't surprise me.  It's deeply bizarre and deeply creepy, though, if it is as you described.”

Though maybe the discovery isn't that surprising. Over the years, the Libyan leader's comments and actions related to the former secretary of state have raised a few eyebrows.

Consider how he talked about her in an interview with Al-Jazeera television in 2007, where he hinted that then-President George W. Bush's top diplomat wielded considerable influence in the Arab world.

"I support my darling black African woman," he said. "I admire and am very proud of the way she leans back and gives orders to the Arab leaders. ... Leezza, Leezza, Leezza. ... I love her very much. I admire her, and I'm proud of her, because she's a black woman of African origin."

The following year, Gadhafi and Rice had an opportunity to meet when the secretary of state paid a historic visit to Libya - one that made steps toward normalizing relations after the United States went decades without an ambassador in Tripoli. (The U.S. "doesn't have any permanent enemies," she said during the trip.)

Gahdafi welcomed Rice in his home - one that President Ronald Reagan once ordered bombed in retaliation for Libya's attack on a German disco - for the traditional meal that ends the daylight fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Once again, he repeatedly addressed Rice - "Condi" to her friends - as "Leezza," her aides said.

During the visit, he presented Rice with a diamond ring, a lute, a locket with an engraved likeness of himself inside and an inscribed edition of "The Green Book," a personal political manifesto that explains his "Third Universal Theory for a new democratic society."

Together, the haul was worth $212,000. (Rules prevent her, or any other U.S. official, from keeping gifts from foreign leaders - they generally end up in a warehouse, and some may turn up years later in a presidential library.)

Flash forward three years, when Libyan rebels moved into Gadhafi's Tripoli stronghold and took control. There, left behind in the compound, was Gadhafi's dear Leezza, her image affixed to the pages of a photo book.

Rebels leafed through the album Wednesday after finding it as they rummaged through Gadhafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound.

AP photographer Sergey Ponomarev was with the rebels as they flicked through the album. "There were lots of rebels celebrating their victory," Ponomarev said. "It was still unsafe - loyalists were shelling the compound from time to time - but rebels were celebrating the seizure of the Gadhafi compound. They believe the victory is in their hands. Some of them even brought their children to the scene."

Rice did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the discovery of the photos.

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