The media will never tire of writing about the liberal Rudy Giuliani: the pro-choice, pro-gay rights, pro-gun control, Mario Cuomo-loving former mayor of New York.
But this focus sometimes obscures Rudy-the-Red-Meat-Eater.
Take this afternoon.
On the same day that Al Gore collected his Nobel Peace Prize -- and one day before John McCain and Mike Huckabee are set to join a bevy of Democrats in delivering remarks to the Global Warming and Energy Solutions Conference in Manchester, N.H. -- the former New York mayor showed off his paelocon side, accusing Gore of "hysteria" on the climate issue.
"Maybe he doesn't mean to," Giuliani said of Gore's work on climate issues "but sometimes he presents it with kind of a sense of almost hysteria."
As for the Democrats, it's been a taxing week for Hillary Clinton. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, she confirmed that she will not be proposing a $5,000 baby bond. She had floated the idea while speaking to the Congressional Black Caucus on Sept. 28.
She then handed her opponents more ammunition by telling the Boston Globe: "I have a million ideas. The country can't afford them all."
And thanks to the AP's Nedra Pickler, we now know that Clinton is privately weighing a Social Security tax hike on those who make more than $200,000 a year even though she rejected this Edwards idea during a recent AARP forum.
Edwards gets a chance to go after Clinton on Social Security "doublespeak" when he campaigns Saturday in New Hampshire.
His spokeswoman, Andrea Purse, previewed a line of attack, telling ABC News: "Voters deserve to know why she would consider one thing in private, but won't tell the American people where she stands in front of the TV cameras."
As for Clinton herself, she joins Barack Obama and Joe Biden Saturday evening at a "Sisters on Target" banquet in Des Moines, Iowa. The non-partisan African American women's group's stated mission is to advocate for "the restoration of dignity and the consistent well being of communities, neighborhoods and families."
On the money front, third-quarter fundraising reports are due Monday at the F.E.C.
On the Left Coast, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has until the end of Saturday to decide on a bill which could change the way gun crimes are solved in California. The legislation would make California the first state to require that semiautomatic weapons be equipped with microstamping technology which imprints microscopic markings as a gun fires.
Your Saturday through Monday details:
Saturday, October 13
RUDY GIULIANI --10:00 pm ET: Delivers remarks to National Italian American Foundation, Washington, DC.
MITT ROMNEY --8:45 am ET: Attends a Traverse City Republican Party at the Hagerty Center, Traverse City, MI
--9:45 am ET: Press availability, Traverse City, MI
--1:45 pm ET: Holds a press availability at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, MI
--2:00 pm ET: Hosts a Grand Rapids "Ask Mitt Anything" Town Hall, Grand Rapids, MI
--4:00 pm ET: Attends a Grand Valley State University vs. Indianapolis Tailgate, Allendale, MI
--11:15 am ET: Makes remarks, Manchester, NH
--1:00 pm ET: Delivers remarks to Global Warming and Energy Solutions Conference, Manchester, NH
--2:00 pm ET: Holds media availability, Manchester, NH
--5:30 pm ET: Attends AARP "Divided We Fail" Candidate forum, Bedford, NH
--11:00 am ET: Attends Conservative Leadership Conference, Reno, Nevada
--3:15 pm ET: Delivers remarks and holds media availability at the Global Warming and Energy Solutions Conference, Manchester, NH
--5:00 pm ET: Meets voters at the 21st Century Demonstration GREEN home, Loudon, NH
--9:30 am ET: Attends Florence town hall meeting at Wilson High School, Florence, SC
--1:30 pm ET: Delivers remarks to Alabama Democratic Conference Convention, Birmingham, AL
--6:00 pm ET: Attends Sisters on Target annual banquet, Des Moines, Iowa
--11:00 am ET: Attends Canvass Kick-off at East High School, Des Moines, IA
-- 6:00 pm ET: Attends Sisters on Target Annual Banquet, Des Moines, IA
--12:00 pm ET: Delivers major speech on government reform, Keene, NH
--1:00 pm ET: Holds press availability, Keene, NH
--2:00 pm ET: Attends Goffstown House Party, Goffstown, NH
--3:10 pm ET: Holds press availability, Goffstown, NH
--3:45 pm ET: Attends Hopkinton town hall meeting, Hopkinton, NH
--4:50 pm ET: Holds press availability, Hopkinton, NH
--7:15 pm ET: Attends Northfield town hall meeting at Winnisquam High School, Tilton, NH
--8:20 pm ET: Holds press availability, Tilton, NH
--12:00 pm ET: Attends kick- off of Red Rock Democratic Club and Richardson for President joint canvass, Las Vegas, NV
--12:30 am ET: Attends Hispanic Day Parade Pre-Parade Rally, Las Vegas, NV
--3:00 pm ET: Attends a picnic of the Plasterers' and Cement Masons' Local 797, Las Vegas, NV
--5:30 pm ET: Attends the LGBT Mock Caucus and Issues Forum, Las Vegas, NV
-- 8:30 pm ET: Meets with Culinary Union members, Reno, NV
--10:30 pm ET: Holds a Presidential house party, Sparks, NV
--2:15 pm ET: Speaks at the Global Warming and Energy Solutions Conference, Manchester, NH
--12:00 pm ET: Attends "Results Matter" forum at Bill's Smokehouse, Independence, IA
--6:30 pm ET: Attends Dubuque County Democratic fundraiser, Dubuque, IA
--11:00 am ET: Meets with Grundy County Democrats, Grundy Center, IA
--1:00 pm ET: Meets with Hardin County Democrats, Iowa Falls, IA
--7:00 pm ET: Speaks at the 7th Annual Sisters on Target Leadership Banquet, Des Moines, IA
--Returns to Nashville, TN
--Spends the weekend in Crawford, TX
Sunday, Oct. 14
-- 11:00 am ET: Visits local residents, Portsmouth, NH
--12:30 pm ET: Visits local residents, Durham, NH
--1:45 pm ET: Delivers remarks at town hall meeting, Exeter, NH
-- 10:30 am ET: Appears on CBS' "Face The Nation" (remote from New Hampshire)
-- 11:40 am ET: Meets voters, Hooksett, NH
-- 12:25 pm ET: Attends Republicans for Environmental Protection endorsement event, Concord, NH
-- 1:15 pm ET: Holds town hall meeting, Hopkinton, NH.
-- 2:20 pm ET: Holds media availability, Hopkinton, NH
-- 10:00 am ET: Meets voters, Windham, NH
--11:00 am ET: Attends Interfaith Forum on Climate Change, Des Moines, IA
--11:00 pm ET: Keynote speaker at Raw Spirit Festival in Sedona, AZ
--Spends the weekend in Crawford, TX
Monday, Oct. 15
--4:30 pm ET: Appears on Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto," New York, NY
--7:30 pm ET: Speaks at the Conservative Party Fall 2007 reception, New York, NY
-- 10:30 am ET: Attends golf fundraiser, New York, NY
--6:00 pm ET: Attends fundraiser, New York, NY
--12:15 pm ET: Appears at Robie's General store, Hooksett, NH
--7:00 pm ET: Attends town hall meeting at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
--6:30 pm ET: Holds a health care event, Iowa City, IA
--7:00 pm ET: Holds press availability, Iowa City, IA
--Attends Madison Countdown to Change, Madison, WI
--3:00 pm ET: Attends fundraiser, Santa Fe, NM
--Attending to Congressional duties for Ohio's 10th district
--Has an evening event pending, Phoenix, AZ
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Pelosi Calls Bush's FISA Proposal 'Outside the Law' Tune into "This Week" for George's full interview with Speaker Nancy Pelosi.LINK
Gore: From 'Ozone Man' to Nobel Winner The former vice president has called for climate change awareness for 20 years.LINK
Giuliani Gives Romney Some Advice Jake Tapper sits down with the Republican front-runner in South Carolina.LINK
Pelosi Reacts to Gore's Nobel Nod Tune into "This Week" for George's full interview with Speaker Nancy Pelosi.LINK
Nobel Peace Prize Winner Al Gore holds a news conference at the Alliance for Climate Protection.LINK
Romney Launches Ad on Jihadist Threat In a new ad, Romney calls Jihadism, "this century's nightmare."LINK
Rudy Giuliani's War of Words The Republican presidential hopeful is in a tough fight for the lead.LINK
Does the Constitution Allow a War with Iran? Constitutional powers and the presidential ability to target a war with Iran.LINK
This Week All Week Webcast Hear George's take on Fred Thompson's first GOP debate.LINK
The Candidates: Fred Thompson Extended version of Charles Gibson's talk with the presidential candidate.LINK
Al Gore Wins Noble Peace Prize Former vice president wins for his work to educate the world on global warming.LINK