HH: You know, I do, all the mainstream media's out there saying this helps John McCain. And I've got great admiration, though not particular political love for Senator McCain. But I think it shows how unbelievably complicated the world is in this war, and you want someone who's run unbelievably complicated things again, and I think we've got two of those in Giuliani and Romney, but no more than two.
Congressman David Dreier on Romney and Rudy Executive experience (think Pakistan)
DD: Well, I will tell you, I think that you're right here, and you know, I have the greatest admiration for John McCain as well, and he does have a lot of experience. And you know, the fact that I have spent time in Pakistan, and spent an hour in Benazir Bhutto's dining room, sitting with her at the table, with the only delegation, only Congressional delegation to meet with her since her return from exile in Dubai, does not qualify me to be president of the United States. And in fact, you know, every member of Congress is often flattered with a lot of people who will say oh, well, you should run for president of the United States. And I regularly say when that happens, it doesn't happen to me as often as it does to a lot of my colleagues, I'm sure, but when it does happen, I underscore the fact that I don't have the kind of executive experience that it takes to be president of the United States. And that's why I say we have members of the House and Senate who are running for president of the United States, in both political parties. And the fact is having people with executive experience is, I think, very important. It doesn't mean that there can't be a United States Senator or a member of the House of Representatives to serve as president of the United States, but I do believe that at a time like this, I mean, again, I point specifically to Giuliani, because I mean, this kind of problem that is priority number one, as far as I'm concerned, and I know as far as you're concerned, Hugh, and the five most important words in the Preamble of the Constitution are provide for the common defense. The most important issue that any president or any Congress face, or the federal government faces, is dealing with this issue, and this just cries out for Rudy Giuliani, as far as I'm concerned.