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Sweet blog special: At GOP debate, Giuliani, McCain and Romney and 6 other hopefuls open to Scooter Libby pardon. Report 3.


MANCHESTER (GOFFSTON), N.H.-- The GOP White House hopefuls debating Tuesday night will provide cover for President Bush if he decides to pardon Lewis "Scooter" Libby, sentenced earlier today to 30 months in prison in the CIA leak case. Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Cheney, was also ordered to pay a $250,000 fine. He is appealing the sentence. All the major Republican presidential contenders were open to a pardon.

the frontrunners said:
John McCain said he wanted to first wait for the appeal to be heard.
Rudy Giuliani, a former federal prosecutor, called the sentence "grossly excessive."
Mitt Romney said the prosecutor (he did not use his name--Chicago's Patrick Fitzgerald--abused his power and that he granted many pardons while Massachusetts governor.

Second tier Sam Brownback declared yes.


"All the major Republican presidential contenders were open to a pardon." This is incorrect! I guess you didn't notice because of the media blackout but the only sane republican candidate, Ron Paul, gave an unambiguous "No" to the question.

Fire the Judge, pardon Libby. I don't know how the man has held himself together during all this. If the rest of us went to jail over some errant comment the cells would be packed. I don't know Libby's financial situation but the fine wasn't exactly a slap on the wrist either.

Make a commitment to Bush not to pounce on him for a pardon and get a ton of signatures and turn them over to the VP to work it out.

Don Jones

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