The Note: Keep You Safer

League of Conservation Voters (LCV) have an 11:00 am ET scheduled press luncheon to release their 2006 National Environmental Scorecard at the LCV Office in Washington, DC.

McCain-Clinton and the opening shot of potential 2008 campaign:

After looking at the coverage of yesterday's dust-up between the two major party 2008 frontrunners, John Weaver, McCain's political adviser, tells The Note this morning:

"Hillary Clinton can attack the president at a critical time when he (the president) is trying to rally the Security Council, world opinion and the American people to have a clear, robust response to this North Korean dictator and that not be political. But John McCain responding to her, pointing out the facts of her husband's failed policies on the same subject and not allowing her to paint a revisionist picture of said policy is somehow political. I don't think so. And we will continue to point out the facts to the American people. Even if that interrupts a certain New York Senator's free ride. "

More Weaver to The Note: "In addition, a simple Lexis/Nexis search from 93 through 94 would produce dozens of McCain floor statements, speeches and op-eds saying the same thing he said today. John has standing on this issue and he will continue to speak out."

"The blame game erupts -- John McCain takes aim at the Clintons," said ABC News' Robin Roberts in the headlines on "Good Morning America."

In his interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer, Sen. McCain said, "I was responding to attacks on President Bush's policy made by Mrs. Clinton, Sen. Kerry, Sen. Reid, and many others. I'd be glad to have a time out here -- I'd be eager to, at least during this very difficult period while we try to marshal the world to take meaningful actions to rein in the North Korean's nuclear ambitions. But having said that, during the Clinton Administration years we concluded an unenforceable, untransparent agreement which allowed them to keep plutonium rods in a reactor which they could -- at any time that they chose to -- start conversion in order to make nuclear material."

When asked on CBS's "Early Show" to respond to Sen. John Kerry's (D-MA) remarks that he was politicizing the issue, Sen. McCain shot back saying, "I don't think I need any lessons from my friend John Kerry on politicizing an issue."

When asked on "Today" whether the US should have one-on-one negotiations with North Korea as Jimmy Carter has advocated, McCain avoided a direct answer, saying, "it's not a matter of who talks to who, we'd be glad to talk to anybody under any circumstances - obviously the Chinese, the South Koreans, the Japanese should be part of it, there is a great deal of risk here. This business of their not talking, we have plenty of ways of communicating with the North Koreans, plenty of ways. The fact is that they don't like what we say and we certainly don't like what they do when they continue to violate all international treaties and pose a threat to stability in the far east and in the world. This is serious stuff."

The New York Post carries the Associated Press story which includes this graph: "The William J. Clinton Foundation, in a statement, said it was 'unfortunate that anyone would attempt to rewrite history to score political points at a time when we need to address this serious threat.'" LINK

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