Iowa Presidential Watch
Holding the Democrats accountable


February 1, 2006

"George Bush may have had an election year conversion about the importance of health care, but as I listened to his State of the Union Speech tonight, it's clear he still wants to take us in the wrong direction," Sen. Hillary Clinton said.

"President Bush's message tonight [State of the Union] was loud and clear: you’re on your own. Everyone is on their own to deal with rising energy costs in the absence of a real plan by the President to meet our long term energy needs," Sen. Hillary Clinton said.

"We won't solve our immigration problem until we have a guest worker program," Sen. John McCain said.

"I can't believe the president of the United States got up there and asserted that kind of executive power about a wiretap that is unlawful," Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) said.


J U S T   P O L I T I C S


State of the Union

You can read President Bush's entire State of the Union speech here: LINK

Money, money, money

The Republican National Committee raised $105 million in 2005 and has $34 million currently in the bank. The Democrat National Committee raised $56 million in 2006 under Howard Dean, and has only $6 million in cash on hand.

Democratic Party election committees have narrowed the gap with the GOP. They raised $143 million last year, up from $128 million four years ago; while GOP committees raised $206 million, down from $234 million in 2001.

The Democratic Senatorial Committee, under Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) actually raised more money than its GOP counterpart – collecting an all-time high of $44 million compared to the Republicans’ $36 million.

Iowa update

Former U.S. Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle speaks at 8 tonight at Iowa State University on the subject of "Defining Values in the American Political Process."

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) is scheduled to headline a Linn County Democrats' fund-raising dinner on Feb. 11 in Cedar Rapids, host a fund-raiser Sunday in Ottumwa for Iowa Senate candidates, and spend Monday in Des Moines.

Former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) is speaking at the Scott County Democrats' annual banquet on Feb. 25 in Davenport.

Governor George Pataki (R-NY) is scheduled to headline a state GOP fund-raiser in Sioux City Thursday evening; visit with business and state legislative leaders in northern Iowa on Friday; and visit the University of Iowa and attend a fund-raiser for U.S. Rep. Jim Leach in Iowa City on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA) is set to deliver a speech at Governing Magazine's 2006 "Outlook in the States Conference" at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. While Vilsack was flying to D.C. last night, the Democrats in the Iowa House offered an amendment to a seniors tax cut bill by Republicans to eliminate Iowa income tax on all income of Iowans 65 years or older making $36,000 if single and $48,000 or less if married. Republicans unanimously supported the measure as did 30 Democrats. Vilsack may want to stay closer to home if he expects to have any money to spend.


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