Giuliani On Bernie Kerik

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Some apologetic language today from Rudy Giuliani about Bernard Kerik, his former NYPD police chief and Homeland Security secretary candidate. Mr. Kerik is said to be the target of imminent indictments for a variety of alleged ne'er-doings.

Questions about Kerik are questions about Giuliani's judgment, and should he win the nomination, Kerik's downfall will become a key line of attack for Democrats.

These quotes, just moments ago, from National Journal/NBC campaign reporter Matthew Berger, who travels with the Giuliani campaign:

"Without commenting on that case, I've already said I should have checked his background more carefully. I didn't. I've learned a lesson from it. I'm going to check more carefully in the future.

"But I think you have to look at the thousands of choices I've made of people, and you have to look at the results that I got. I must have been making the decisions about people mostly correctly, because I was able to reduce crime by 66 percent.
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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

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