Capital Beat extra: fear and loathing

Barack Obama says Rudy Giuliani has "taken the politics of fear to a new low."

In a Manchester speech last night, Giuliani invoked the specter of another terrorist attack and said the nation would be "waving the white flag on Iraq" and "going on defense" on national security if a Democrat wins the White House. More about the speech here.

Obama responded in a statement today: "America's mayor should know that when it comes to 9/11 and fighting terrorists, America is united. We know we can win this war based on shared purpose, not the same divisive politics that question your patriotism if you dare to question failed policies that have made us less secure."

- Lauren R. Dorgan

The Monitor's coverage of Giuliani's earlier appearances yesterday, including a town hall meeting at New England College, is here. More Obama v. Giuliani jousting here.

UPDATE: Drew Cline says Rudy didn't say what The Politico reported he said.

And Kevin Drum can't believe the Democrats responded to whatever Rudy said without saying why, actually, they believe the country would be safer with a Democratic president.