Iowa Presidential Watch
Holding the Democrats accountable


April 20, 2006

"It [new White House press secretary] has to be somebody with experience, either in media or in government, or both," Republican strategist Rich Galen said.

"The religious community has to decide whether they want to be tax exempt or involved in politics," Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said.

"The biggest issues of the election are character issues.... They are going to go to the president's and the Republicans' trustworthiness and honesty and their competence. And they are going to lose big on both those issues. After that we get to Iraq, we get to the economy, we get to healthcare," Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said.

"There is a consensus that we cannot continue to have a permanent commitment to a failed strategy.... One, we are going to support our troops and two, you are going to see a ... desire to resolve the situation ... by turning this over to the Iraqis and bringing our folks home. The only thing that is left up to some modest differences is what the timetable is," Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said.

"I think if ethanol is a viable option, it can compete, as it certainly can with $70-a-barrel oil," Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said. "I think it ought to be something that ought to be carefully examined"


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Giuliani raises funds

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani recently headlined a fund-raiser for Sen. Rick Santorium (R-PA). It has also been announced that former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed will have Giuliani headline a fund-raiser for him in his bid to become lieutenant governor in Georgia.

Additionally, Giuliani is scheduled to hold a fund-raiser later this month for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA). He will also be heading to Iowa for several fund-raisers including one for Rep. Jim Nussle (R), who is running for governor, next month

Kemp: loving critic of GOP

News Max has an interview with the 'irrepressible' Jack Kemp that is a must read:

Well, I'm not a screamer. You know, I'm not quite at the point of calling Bush a traitor, as some are. I think that is over the top. I think that the Medicaid, the Medicare Prescription Bill was a huge mistake, and, certainly, ‘No Child Left Behind' is a Federal intrusion into education at all levels.

I really had some questions about having the Federal government involving itself in local education, which I always thought was a state and local responsibility. But I don't like the criticism of Bush that is coming from some of my old friends like Bruce Bartlett [author of "Impostor: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America"].

I think Bush, you know, is going through a tremendously challenging time for our country, and social spending has increased, but I keep my eye on the ultimate goal of a growing economy. Grow the economy and make the economy replace that need for spending... I'm a loving critic. You know, I love the Republic Party but I'm going to retain my loving criticism.

Cheap tricks

The Democrat National Committee will be holding a three-day meeting in New Orleans beginning today -- with its possible 400 members:  [LINK]

The choice of New Orleans for the Democratic National Committee meeting that begins Thursday was part of a political calculation, as is a three-day agenda for the 400 delegates that combines party business with community service.

"It's reinforcing an impression that is widely held among the public and one that will be a critical theme for Democrats across the country — namely that this administration is dangerously incompetent," said Steve McMahon, a longtime adviser to party chairman Howard Dean.

Is it grandstanding?

"I'm not sure what the Democrats hope to gain except cheap political points at the expense of Louisiana and the White House," said Glen Bolger, a GOP strategist and pollster.



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