Republican Candidates Respond to Coulter’s Remarks

By Florian Heinhold

Mar 3, 2007 5:19pm

ABC News’ Sonya Crawford reports: Republican presidential candidates have been busy distancing themselves from Ann Coulter’s controversial remarks about Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards, made at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC, on Friday.

Senator John McCain’s campaign called Coulter’s remarks "wildly inappropriate," while stressing the fact that McCain didn’t attend the conference.

Rudy Giuliani, McCain’s strongest opponent in the race for the Republican nomination according to recent polls, also denounced Coulter’s comments as "completely inappropriate."
"There should be no place for such name calling in political debate," the former New York Mayor said on Saturday. "Although John Edwards and I have differences in ideas and approach, he is a good man who I respect and admire for his commitment to public service."

"It was an offensive remark," Kevin Madden, spokesman for former Governor Mitt Romney’s camp, said. "Political discourse ought to be more substantive."

Also addressing Coulter’s remarks, former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore told reporters, "you know, she’s an author."

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