While Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and her Democratic presidential opponent Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois continue to hammer each other on how best to tangle with the axis of evil, a top Republican candidate has declared that neither Democrat exercises sound judgment.
“They are dangerously out of touch when it comes to defending the homeland,” former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney says of the two Democrats, who each voted Aug. 3 against bipartisan reform of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which passed 60-28.
Mr. Romney considers the Patriot Act “perhaps our most effective new tool,” pointing out that Americans’ “most basic civil liberty is the right to be kept alive.”
The key to effective homeland security, he explains, “is intelligence, finding the attackers before they attack, gathering and analyzing tips, monitoring suspects, wiretapping, surveillance, all of the tools associated with intelligence work.”