From The AP:
Presidential contender John Edwards on Thursday disputed Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton's claim that the U.S. is safer since Sept. 11 and contended GOP candidate Rudy Giuliani will never win if he embraces President Bush's policies.
Speaking on the New Yorkers' home turf - and not far from Ground Zero - Edwards dismissed Clinton's comments in Sunday's debate in which she said the nation is safer now that it was before the terrorist attacks. Clinton's other top rival, Sen. Barack Obama, also has challenged her claim.
"Today, as a result of what George Bush has done, we have more terrorists and fewer allies," Edwards said at a news conference. "There was no group called al-Qaida in Iraq before this president's war in Iraq."
He never mentioned Clinton by name but the subject was obvious.
Edwards also assailed the Republican candidates for their tough talk on Iraq and global terror, arguing that they were trying to be "George Bush on steroids." He singled out Giuliani, the former New York City mayor widely praised for his leadership after the attacks.
"If Mayor Giuliani believes that what the president has done is good ... and runs a campaign for the presidency saying 'I will give you four more years of what this president has done,' he's allowed to do that. He will never be elected president, but he is allowed to do that," Edwards said.
In response, Giuliani campaign spokeswoman Katie Levinson said, "John Edwards' track record of predicting election outcomes speaks for itself."
Maybe all those $400 haircuts and highlights and "services" from spas and salons have started seeping chemicals into his brain. I don't like everything George Bush is doing right now (immigration, hello), but you can't argue with the fact that he has kept this country safe in the six years since 9-11. What would John Edwards have done as president, anyways? Curled up in a fetal position underneath the desk in the Oval Office, frantically applying strawberry lip gloss as he cried? Or would he be too distracted by the many ambulance sirens? I can just imagine it: "Which one do I run after? WHICH ONE!?"