Iowa Presidential Watch
Holding the Democrats accountable


August 23, 2006  

"If you believe that the job of the federal government is to secure this country," President Bush said, "it’s really important for you to understand that success in Iraq is part of securing the country."

"We took our eye off the real war, the war on terror," Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said.

"I think one of the biggest mistakes we made was underestimating the size of the task and the sacrifices that would be required. Stuff happens, mission accomplished, last throes, a few dead-enders. I'm just more familiar with those statements than anyone else because it grieves me so much that we had not told the American people how tough and difficult this task would be." Sen John McCain (R-AZ) said.

"Instead of deterring terrorism, our policies are fostering it," Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) said. "We're spending $8 billion a month on this war, our courageous fighting men and women are being killed and maimed and we are wreaking havoc on Iraq. An end must be brought to this now."

"With him digging himself in (Monday), he went even beyond what I'm confident his military advisers are saying, that under no circumstances are we going to leave," Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) said while campaigning in Cedar Rapids, IA.


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Giuliani leads Iowa

Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani leads in a recent Iowa poll of likely caucus attendees with 30 percent. Second was undecided at 29 percent. Third place was Sen. John McCain of Arizona with 17.3 percent.

Seventy percent of the poll's respondents identified themselves as "pro-life," a term associated with opposition to abortion rights, compared with 30 percent who called themselves "pro-choice." Most of the "pro-life" respondents said that they would not vote for someone who did not support their position. It is unclear what caucus attendees would do when they find out that Giuliani does not support their position.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee received 6.5 percent, followed by Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 4.5 percent, Virginia Sen. George Allen with 3.5 percent, New York Gov. George Pataki with 3.3 percent, and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, each with 2.5 percent.

The poll, conducted Aug. 14-15, has a margin of error of 4.9 percentage points. Victory Enterprises conducted the poll and is run by Steve Grubbs, former chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa.

NY Times poll

The NY Times recent poll shows that the American public is beginning to disconnect the War in Iraq from the War on Terrorism. Here are the following questions and responses from the poll:

Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as President? 338 percent approve; 55 percent disapprove; and 8percent have no opinion.

Which issue is most important for politicians to focus on right now? Terrorism 24 percent; War in Iraq 22percent; economy 20 percent; cost of health care 18 percent; gas prices 9; conflict between Hezbollah and Israel 6 percent; and no opinion 2 percent.

Do you think of the war with Iraq as part of the war on terrorism or as separate from the war on terrorism? Major part 32 percent; minor part 12 percent; separate 51 percent; and no opinion 5 percent.

Over the past couple of years, has the Bush administration focused too much on the war in Iraq and not enough on terrorism elsewhere or has it focused too much on terrorism elsewhere and not enough on the war in Iraq or has the balance been about right? Too much on war 46 percent; too much on terrorists 5 percent; balance about right 43 percent; and no opinion 7 percent.

Judge’s conflict of interest

The USA Today reports on a serious violation by the liberal Jimmy Carter-appointed judge that has left the nation vulnerable to terrorists:

A judicial watchdog group contended Tuesday that Michigan U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor, who last week struck down a federal warrantless wiretapping program, may have had a conflict of interest in the case.

Judicial Watch, a conservative-leaning group based in Washington, issued a news release calling attention to Taylor's apparent membership in a local foundation that gave $45,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan in recent grants. The ACLU of Michigan was one of the parties to the case challenging the surveillance program that was begun after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The lead challenger was the national ACLU.




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