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January 31st, 2008
06:04 PM ET

Judith Giuliani & collapse of Rudy’s campaign?

Judith and Rudy Giuliani, after conceding the Florida Republican primary at his election headquarters in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008.

Judith and Rudy Giuliani, after conceding the Florida Republican primary at his election headquarters in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

When Rudy Giuliani decides to look around for reasons why his presidential campaign went nowhere, he might not have to look any farther than the pillow next to his.

Here's the lead line in a New York Daily News article today called "How Judi killed off Rudy Giuliani": "She brought enough political baggage to fill a Louis Vuitton trunk." Ouch.

The piece goes on to say that Judith was a major reason for the collapse of the campaign. One expert suggests that Rudy wanted to head up the "family values' party," yet she didn't fit that label. Even worse was his estrangement from his kids.

Some of the low notes of Judith's role included the use of taxpayer-funded NYPD detectives as chauffeurs while she was still the mayor's girlfriend, revelations of a secret past marriage, and her interrupting Giuliani's speech to the National Rifle Association with a cutesy cell phone call to say "hi."

There was also that Barbara Walters interview where Giuliani said if elected, he'd let his wife sit in on cabinet meetings. He later retracted the comment about Judi's potential role. Maybe that had something to do with the fact that she was a graduate of a 2-year nursing program with no college degree.

With the exception of the last few weeks in Florida, she wasn't even on the campaign trail that much. That went against what the campaign had earlier suggested, when it claimed she would be a big asset and "one of our key surrogates."

Here’s my question to you: What role did Judith Giuliani play in the collapse of her husband's presidential campaign?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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Filed under: Uncategorized
January 31st, 2008
05:02 PM ET

Army’s rising suicide rate?

 U.S Army Soldiers.

U.S Army Soldiers.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Some very troubling statistics when it comes to our troops. The number of suicides in the Army jumped by as much as 20% in 2007, with officials saying that as many as 121 soldiers committed suicide.
In fact, about 25% of the suicides happened in Iraq. And, it's expected that the number of suicides by active duty troops may reach an all-time high for last year.

This report also shows a significant increase in the number of attempted suicides and self-injuries. There were 2,100 last year, more than six times as many as the 350 attempts in 2002, the year before the war in Iraq began.

The Army says the "main indicators" for suicides are failed personal relationships, legal and financial problems and job stress. They found the number of days troops are deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan contributes to that stress.

It's probably no coincidence then that the Pentagon last year extended tours of duty from 12 months to 15 months, and that some troops have been sent back into the war zone several times.

Troop surveys in Iraq have shown that 20% of Army soldiers have signs of post-traumatic stress, including flashbacks. About 35% of soldiers are getting some kind of mental health treatment a year after returning home.

Another tragic side effect of this war.

Here’s my question to you: What should the Army do about a sharp rise in the suicide rate of soldiers?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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Filed under: U.S. Army
January 31st, 2008
02:19 PM ET

The Obama-Clinton debate?

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Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Senator Barack Obama at the Palace Theater in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The stakes in tonight's debate between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are huge. They'll meet face-to-face and have the stage to themselves. Think Ali-Frazier. It's the last debate before Super Tuesday. The race is close, and the pressure will definitely be on.

Make one big mistake and you could stay home and bake cookies. Plus they don't like each other much. Remember how heated last week's debate in South Carolina got? Well, tonight could make that seem like a garden party. I'm actually hoping for a knife fight.

During the South Carolina debate, Barack Obama said he sometimes wondered who he was running against, Hillary or her husband. The former president has taken a high-profile role in his wife's campaign.

The New York Times reports today on a uranium mining deal that Former President Bill Clinton may have played a role in, and later apparently benefited from to the tune of tens of millions of dollars. Clinton went to a meeting in Kazakhstan in 2005 with a Canadian mining financier. Days later, this guy struck a huge deal with the former Soviet republic. He then later made a $31 million donation to Clinton's charitable foundation.

Probably just coincidence, right? There was also a meeting that took place in 2007 at Clinton's Chappaqua, New York, home between the former president, the mining financier and the head of Kazakhstan's state-owned uranium agency. When the Times asked President Clinton about that meeting, he at first said it never happened. But when pressed by the Times, he finally admitted it did.

Wonder if Barack Obama will bring any of this up tonight?

Here’s my question to you: What do you want to hear at tonight's debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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