Iowa Presidential Watch
Holding the Democrats accountable


August 21, 2006  

"The children born in 2006 will witness in their lifetimes the death of the West," Pat Buchanan writes in his new book, "State of Emergency."

"First time I voted was in 1968 on top of a tank in the Mekong Delta," said Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), a Vietnam veteran. "I voted a straight Republican ticket. The reason I did is because I believe in the Republican philosophy of governance. It's not what it used to be. I don't think it's the same today."


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President’s press conference

The following is a link to a transcript of the President’s press conference (Link)

New Hampshire date

"As chairman of the Democratic Party, Howard Dean is not going to pick the date of the New Hampshire primary," Secretary of State William Gardner said on Iowa Public Radio Monday.

Gardner also said that he was somewhat worried that Iowa may have to have its caucuses around Christmas.

Gardner in the Union Leader said:

"The primary's going to be held on a date that honors our tradition and the action taken by the DNC dishonors that tradition," Gardner said.

The DNC has ordered New Hampshire to hold its primary on Jan 22 and has placed Nevada’s Democrat caucuses between Iowa and New Hampshire.

Other comments from the Union Leader offer strong continued support for New Hampshire’s continued role:

Tom Rath, a Republican National Committee member from Concord, called the delegate penalty "a civil rights violation" and urged the state to take legal action against the DNC.

"They've turned the state of New Hampshire into some kind of leper colony," said Rath, who expects Republicans to hold their primary on the same day as Democrats.

Dante Scala, a political science professor at St. Anselm College, expects candidates to continue campaigning here.

"My guess is it will be pretty much business as usual," said Scala, author of "Stormy Weather: The New Hampshire Primary and Presidential Politics."



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