The Baltimore Sun reports that Republican Presidential Candidate Fred Thompson used his political ally, former Sen. Alfonse D’Amato as a stand in to Rudolph Giuliani during his practice for tonight’s Republican Presidential debate.
D’Amato, who spoke to a New York Post political analyst on a Tuesday morning call-in show, said he was happy to help his longtime friend prepare to challenge Giuliani in their first substantive match up since Thompson entered the campaign.
Out of his Senate seat since 1998, D’Amato is nevertheless a political force in New York State politics, an ally of former Gov. George E. Pataki, whom Giuliani refused to endorse in 1994, instead pulling for Democratic Governor Mario Cuomo. Perhaps D’Amato has an axe to grind with “America’s Mayor”.
I can only imagine what those coaching events were like and if D’Amato had to ditch his squeeky mouse voice to ape Giuliani’s slurring way of speaking.
Regardless of how his delivery was, really now, was coaching Thompson against Giuliani that hard? What is Rudy gonna come up with that’s so tricky, the man practically ties everything in his campaign to the attacks of September 11, 2001. I would be far more concerned with intelligent candidates such as John McCain and certainly Ron Paul.
Thompson surely walked all over D’Amato cum Giuliani. This man has little to offer to Americans but proclamations of the threat of global terror and 9/11. Unfortunately, that’s good enough for some people.