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Foreign Officials to Monitor U.S. Elections and Guiliani's Tirade Against Obama

Join the national conversation on this and other topics in this week's Hot Topics column.

While the matter of foreign officials monitoring U.S. elections was more of a prominent story last week, it got pushed to the side when Hurricane Sandy blew through the northeast. 

So, in case you missed it, an international group is sending a very large delegation of officials -- over 100 -- to oversee the elections. It's the largest contingency to ever visit North America during elections.

Why? Because of alleged intimidation practices by Republicans who want tighter voter ID laws, according to Fox. Civil rights groups, including the ACLU, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the NAACP. 

In an effort to dispel myths about the election monitoring, the Organization for Security and Co-operation (OSCE) issued a few statements on the accuracy of previous media reports. For starters, they are not an agency of the UN. Second, according to their website, "OSCE observers have not been invited by one political faction to investigate claims against any other political faction. The OSCE observers have been invited by the United States Government."

You can visit their website for other clarifications. 

Four officials will monitor elections in Georgia, including two in Atlanta. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said that if anyone sees anything suspicious at polling stations Tuesday, they should contact his office, according to Fox. 

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On Friday, former New York City mayor Rudy Guiliani called for President Obama's resignation, according to CNN. 

Referring to a 2009 interview in which the president said he would turn the economy around in three years, or else propose a one-term presidency, Guiliani said: " 

"He lied. He has been a disaster. The worst president for our economy in our lifetime. He doesn't want a second term. He wants a second chance, because he screwed it up the first time."

He also referred to the Beghazi scandal, claiming that if McCain had won in 2008, the violence would not have happened. 

What are your thoughts on these stories? Tell us in the comments!

Denna Millard November 04, 2012 at 12:28 PM
GREAT NEWS!!! There have been so many threats, false information on TV and newspapers on both sides, intimidation to the people of this this country. There has been way TOO MUCH MONEY having been used for ads which is a shame. This money should have gone to help the victims of Sandy and the poor people. I am sure this won't be a true 100% election as there probably will be way for the scammers to invade some of the voter machines. Let's hope for the best to the good ole USA!
Mary Lou November 04, 2012 at 01:27 PM
I think any foreign officials have ZERO business monitoring an American election of ANY kind. I am stunned that they were invited and or allowed here..more of that shoving crap down our throats without say I guess. Let them go observe in your typical communist countries, and places like Iraq and the likes, where there is reason to question election processes.
Crystal Huskey (Editor) November 04, 2012 at 02:21 PM
I've talked to people off line about this as well and am hearing two reactions. The first is glad that officials are coming because they agree that either intimidation is being used or the election machines are sometimes rigged. The second reaction is outrage that Europe would mess with our business.
Mary Lou November 04, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Throw me on the outraged column. This is America last I checked, or thought, I am sure we can come up with a capable means than to have foreign officials monitor our American election. "Foreign monitors of an American election" what is wrong with even the sound of that?
Good Grief Y'all November 05, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Yeah, who are you going to get to do that in the US with the country divided half and half. I see the sense in having impartial oversight. And what does that Guiliani crap have to do with this story, PATCH? He's just a has-been POTUS wannabe.
Good Grief Y'all November 05, 2012 at 02:07 AM
If voter intimidation and rigged voting machines is ever going to happen, it will be with this election. The Rs have done it before - Florida 2000.
Crystal Huskey (Editor) November 05, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Good Grief Y'all- It's part of a column that highlights some of the top stories of the week. Hence the ---------- separating the two stories. Sometimes I feature three or four stories, but this week was just two. You can click on the link at the bottom, where it says Hot Topics, for some examples of past columns.
Good Grief Y'all November 05, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Thanks, Crystal, for the clarification. Just seems like an odd pairing and, though I'm new on here, have never seen combo stories before.
Good Grief Y'all November 05, 2012 at 02:39 AM
They don't interfere, Miss Lou. They monitor and report findings. They don't go near any l o w i n f o r m a t i o n v o t e r s :D This ain't a new thing. This process started with George W. BUSH - Republican: "It turns out, however, that European observers have been present at U.S. national elections for a decade, since President George W. Bush first invited them in. (TOO DAMN BAD THEY WEREN'T AROUND IN 2000!) This year’s visitors are members of an election monitoring team from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, a 56-nation grouping of which the United States is a member." I'll let you and T.O. have the fun of finding out the source of the above quote. It was easy, so no worries.
Good Grief Y'all November 05, 2012 at 02:43 AM
@CRYSTAL HUSKEY: Can you tell me if PATCH Editors or staff have posted a story about current Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg (Independent, former Republican) and General Colin Powell (Republican) endorsing President Barack Obama for re-election? I guess I missed it and would like to read it. Thanks!
Crystal Huskey (Editor) November 05, 2012 at 03:03 AM
I haven't; normally we aim to stay hyper-local. This column is just meant to get people in the community talking. Powell voted for Obama in '08 as well, so not very surprising. I have been a little surprised at Gov. Christie's very open praise of Obama after the storm. I think that could help Obama win on Tuesday. What do you think? The response to the disaster has been handled very well by the administration, in my opinion.
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Make a special note to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party Presidential candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Dr. Jill Stein (Green) to be aired tonight, Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1
Good Grief Y'all November 05, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Thank you, Crystal. I'm sorry, but with all due respect, how can anything about a national election be "hyper-local"? Every Patch question I have followed on the election is written as being anything but a local subject. But that's just my opinion ;) From the prospective of Democrats, they seem to be skewed toward a controversy against the POTUS, inviting predominantly right-wing talking points. Have you noticed that there aren't many Democrats posting on these threads? The ones that do are soon ganged up on. I think Gov. Christie was honest in his praise. If he had said otherwise, it would have been glaring. Polls show 68% approval of the President's and FEMA's response. (Former FEMA Director Michael Brown, during GWB admin., and during the Katrina crisis, criticized the President for acting too quickly! OMGoodness! I think Gov. Christie's appreciation and respect will make a bit of a difference, but not here in the South. I thank you for your quick response!
Good Grief Y'all November 05, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Ooops - *perspective.
Good Grief Y'all November 05, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Sharpie, I'm afraid it's too late for those candidates. Too bad they weren't allowed on the Republican primary debate stage. I hope they get lots of votes tomorrow, though! ;)
Good Grief Y'all November 05, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Of greater concern is the Tea Party group "True the Vote" as they take their glare and intimidation to polling places. In the end, that kind of activity serves to point out the bullying, self-righteous style of their party.
Mary Lou November 05, 2012 at 03:28 PM
@Crystal Huskey- I appreciate the attempts to keep it local. Interesting, a local prominent leader of the black community Rev Joseph Lowery recently conducted a speech in Ga, where by he criticized and condemned all the white people to hell, or said they were all going to hell. Then criticized his own heritage and ethnicity in the most derogatory and inflammatory verbiage one could use, to even think they may dare vote for anyone other than the current president. That is a local story, and highly offensive to many residents of this state and others.
Good Grief Y'all November 05, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Rev. Lowery is a pretty old guy, and he did apologize. Poutrage is such a waste of energy. "The Reporter paraphrased Lowery’s comments and did not provide a direct quote relating to those remarks. It should be noted that the reverend appeared to be using hyperbole to drive a point home, not stating a factual theological conclusion." NOTE: hyperbole: an extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 08:21 PM
MUST read: "Support for Kill List and NDAA make Obama and Romney Unfit for Office" http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/reawakening-liberty/2012/nov/2/support-kill-list-and-ndaa-make-obama-and-romney-u/ Make a special note to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party Presidential candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Dr. Jill Stein (Green) to be aired tonight on Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. It is a violation of the 1st Amendament rights of third party candidates, and a violation of the free speech rights of every American, for their voices to be silenced. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1
Mary Lou November 05, 2012 at 09:07 PM
just amazing the way spin and excuses are so used to continually cover those that spew hatred and are in the wrong 100%. Just seems the "norm" for some people. I as well as others though, clearly see the divisiveness in it all , and the true meanings and reasoning behind such abhorrent behaviors and actions. Guess those that are that way, will one day understand..why there cannot be true progression in equality for all. After-all, numbers and dominance, is not equality. :)
Good Grief Y'all November 07, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Congratulations to President Obama, Vice President Biden and the American people!
Good Grief Y'all November 07, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Miss Lou, I guess you missed all that stuff "spewed" by Candidate Romney and Candidate Ryan, their surrogates and supporters - you know all the birther comments, the Kenyan crap, communism/Marxism/socialism labels, the RWNJ crowd demanding to see his college transcripts, etc. That, my dear, was where the divisiveness came from. Actually, you really have to go back to 2008, at least, with Ms. Palin. Drop the anger and poutrage about every subject and everyone you disagree with and recognize that this country has a diverse population, influenced by many cultures. We're not all going to think alike. You'll feel better, I promise.

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