Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Isaiah J. Poole

The substitute Watchdog gave something of a break to the chattering Sunday morning class. George Stephanopoulos and Tim Russert took advantage of it. Chris Wallace didn’t.

Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week” asked Arizona Sen. John McCain, a Republican presidential candidate, about the refusal of Judge Michael Mukasey, President Bush’s nominee for attorney general, to characterize as torture the practice of waterboarding, which subjects its victim to a drowning-like sensation. McCain had earlier sharply criticized former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani for his own equivocation on the issue.

“Will Mr. Mukasey have to say clearly that waterboarding is torture to get your vote for attorney general?” Stephanopoulos asked.

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