Iowa Presidential Watch
Holding the Democrats accountable


August 15, 2006  

"There is no doubt in my mind that for states like ours and our country, meeting our energy challenges is a critically important part of growing our economy," Bayh told local and national reporters gathered in front of the cattle barn. "We can produce America's fuel right here in the Midwest — in Iowa and Indiana — relying on our farmers rather than Middle Eastern sheiks," Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) said at the Iowa State Fair.

"Hezbollah attacked Israel. Hezbollah started the crisis, and Hezbollah suffered a defeat in this crisis," President Bush said.


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Hillary’s blame game

The Associated Press reports Sen. Hillary Clinton is supporting the Democrat line that President Bush’s administration hasn’t done enough to create "Castle America." Democrats are suggesting America needs its own Maginot Line, though history has proven defensive actions are limited in their ability to preserve a nation’s security.

The AP reports:

"We've done some things right," the New York senator said at a community event in Schenectady. "Obviously we've beefed up airport security in some ways, but as we've learned over the last week not in every way that matters. We still have not done what we need to do to protect our ports, our borders, our bridges, our transit systems, our rail lines, it's a long list."

"I don't think our long-term strategy for homeland security is yet what it needs to be," she said.

Department of Homeland Security spokesman Jarrod Agen disputed Clinton's assertions.

"The department has taken several steps to strengthen our nation's ports, borders, and mass transit systems by providing funding to state and local partners, training and deploying manpower and assets for high risk areas, developing and testing new technologies, and performing security assessments of systems across the country," he said.

Earlier this month, Clinton called for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, saying new leadership would give the United States "a fighting chance to turn the situation" in Iraq around.



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