Iowa Presidential Watch
Holding the Democrats accountable


December 6, 2005

"The idea that the United States is going to win the war in Iraq is just plain wrong," National Democrat Chairman Howard Dean said.

"Howard Dean should be arrested and hung for treason or put in a hole until the end of the Iraq war!" radio commentary and son of Ronald Reagan, Michael Reagan told his Radio America audience on Monday.

Republican Chairman Ken Mehlman said Dean's "outrageous prediction sends the wrong message to our troops, the enemy, and the Iraqi people just 10 days before historic elections."

" ... And there is no reason, Bob, that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the - of - the historical customs, religious customs." Sen. John Kerry said.

"Oh, there's pessimists, you know, and politicians who try to score points. But our strategy is one that will lead us to victory," President Bush said.


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Harkin/Abramoff scandal

The Associated Press reported Friday, Dec. 2nd that Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) is under investigation for corruption. The Des Moines Register has yet to report the incident:

The Justice Department is examining the proximity of donations to congressional action as part of its investigation of Abramoff's activities. The Senate Indian Affairs Committee, while investigating allegations that Abramoff cheated the tribes out of tens of millions of dollars, has steered clear of examining specific members of Congress.

The letters to the Interior Department and National Indian Gaming Commission between June and November 2003 came as Harkin's campaign and political action committee harvested donations from Smith* and Greenberg Traurig tribal clients.

Harkin twice used Abramoff's skybox for fundraisers once in 2002 and again in 2003 without reimbursing. He also collected $17,000 from Smith and other Abramoff-related sources in 2003. The Sac & Fox gave $4,000 more to Harkin in 2004, about six months after the federal government allowed the tribe's casino to reopen.

There is more to follow as to how Sen. Harkin's efforts hurt the Meskwaki Settlement in Tama.

*Michael D. Smith was a member of Jack Abramoff's tribal lobbying team at the Greenberg Traurig law firm.


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