Conservative commentator George Will is the best choice for president and he should join the race as an Independent, former New York Mayor Ed Koch tells Newsmax exclusively.
Will could win because voters are so tired of the Washington infighting that they are ready for a fresh start away from either party, he added.
And if Will won’t, current New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg could also be drafted as a third party candidate, added Koch.
“The time has never been righter for a third party candidate,” said Koch, speaking on the day after the Republican candidates’ debate in Iowa. “If either George Will or Michael Bloomberg were running on a third party ticket, I would be supportive.”
Koch, a Democrat who led America’s biggest city for 12 years until 1989, said if the election is between President Barack Obama and any of the Republicans currently in the running, he won’t vote. He feels Obama has sold Israel down the river and has caved too often to Republicans on healthcare, prescription drugs, campaign fundraising, and the economy.
“Let me be clear, I am a proud Democrat, I believe in Democratic principles, and I would love to vote for the Democratic president, but I can’t unless he establishes some leadership.”
Koch said he was “terribly impressed” with Will’s appearance on PBS’s Charlie Rose Show
on Tuesday, and felt his arguments were so persuasive he is the best man to lead the US. On the show, Will said he would not just lower taxes but eliminate some, such as Death and Estate Taxes altogether.
“I don’t know why death is a taxable event in this country,” Will said. “No more estate taxes. Eliminate. Go back to the classic ‘no taxation without respiration.’ ”
Will also said he would take a leaf out of Ronald Reagan’s book and do something positive after inheriting a bad economy from his predecessor, instead of just whining about it like Obama has.
“President Obama acts as though he’s the first president who ever inherited a country from his predecessor that wasn’t perfect,” said Will.
“Remember the misery index under Carter? It added the inflation and the unemployment and you were over 20 percent. Reagan came in and said, ‘Well, we’re going to lighten the load of government on the private sector. We’re going to cut taxes. We’re going to cut regulations.’
“This president has not done that, and I think it’s time to try that.”
Koch said, “I was so impressed by what George Will said on Charlie Rose, I didn’t just watch it again, I ordered a transcript.”
On the GOP debate, Koch said Mitt Romney emerged as the winner. “He was not damaged,” he said. If there were a loser, it was Jon Huntsman. “He didn’t impress anyone.”
“Romney came out in his opening by saying these are the seven things that are important. None of the others had thought that out.”
But overall, the 86-year-old former mayor said he was impressed that none of the eight candidates on stage came out “looking wacko-crazy.”
“I don’t agree with them, but I was impressed with all of them for their grasp of the issues. They all made their case and they all came out with high marks.
“The one who has been treated so shabbily and made to look like she’s a nincompoop in the media, Michele Bachmann, was superb,” he said. “Her presentation, her demeanor, the way she handled herself, were all good.”
Koch said Bachmann got the better of fellow Minnesotan Tim Pawlenty in the frequent barbs that flew between them. “There is nothing wrong with pointing out the motes in your opponent’s eye and that was clearly Pawlenty’s plan. But he lost them, he didn’t do a good job. It looked like he had planned them all, he was too posturing.”
Koch, unlike many commentators, did not think that the debate had been made irrelevant by the imminent arrival of Texas governor Rick Perry in the race. “It was still important to see them all together, he said.
And he does not think that any of the candidates are close to dropping out. “The impression I got was that they’re in it to the end.”
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