▪ “....I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America.” — former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on President Barack Obama.
The mayor is right. This IS a horrible thing to say. Speaking at a private dinner, Giuliani also said, according to CNN, “He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.” Social media is going wild, and Giuliani will now face accusations that he’s a racist.
▪ “Eight years ago I was here, at the Kansas City airport. I hugged my wife and parents, said good-bye and left on a journey that would change my life.” — the opening lines of a video from Democrat Jason Kander who announced for the U.S. Senate on Thursday. Kander was talking about his departure to join the military, which eventually took him to Afghanistan.
Kander, 33, shook up the Missouri political world with his decision to challenge incumbent Republican Roy Blunt, who will be the heavy favorite. But this will be a race that will demand media and voter attention.
▪ “Gradual impoverishment.” — Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder describing his personal financial situation following a decade as the state’s second banana. (link courtesy of johncombest.com).
Kinder, who has homes in Jeff City and Cape Girardeau, is seeking a daily expense allowance for working at the Statehouse similar to the per diem payment that lawmakers gets. Problem is, he earns $86K a year while lawmakers earn $36,000.
▪ “What these babies go through – and they are babies – it's unimaginable.” — Kansas state Sen. Rob Olson, an Olathe Republican, on a bill that would bar “dismemberment abortions.”
The state Senate passed the measure on a preliminary vote Thursday. Democrats charged that they were using inflammatory language so that the issue could be used in campaign literature. The procedure is said to be used in about 8 percent of Kansas abortions.