Iowa Presidential Watch
Holding the Democrats accountable


January 26, 2006

"I can make sure one thing - I know - I have seen by my eyes. It was in '84, '85, Osama bin Laden himself was coming to Iraqi air force headquarters," Iraqi Gen. Georges Sada said.

"Saddam realized, this time, the Americans are coming," Iraqi Gen. Georges Sada reported about Saddam Hussein’s activity before the war. "They handed over the weapons of mass destruction to the Syrians."

"Judge Alito's confirmation would be an ideological coup on the Supreme Court," Sen. John Kerry said in a written statement.

"This is a vote of a generation and a test of conscience," Sen. Ted Kennedy said in a statement. "Judge Alito does not share the values of equality and justice that make this country strong. He does not deserve a place on the highest court of the land."

"He's [President Bush] a coward," reporter Helen Thomas said after Bush failed to call on her at yesterday’s presidential press conference. "He's supposed to be this macho guy. He'll take on Osama bin Laden, but he won't take me on."

"The result of these elections will reinforce the unity of the Palestinian people in defending their rights. The massive participation of the Palestinians shows their will to continue the struggle and resistance against occupation," Hamid Reza Asefi, the foreign ministry of Iran said in a statement.

"Obviously, I support tracking down terrorists. I think that's our obligation. But I think it can be done in a lawful way," Sen. Hillary Clinton said of President Bush’s terrorists spying by the National Security Agency.

"It is clear Hillary Clinton is more concerned with political attacks than substantive dialogue on how to fight and win the war on terror," said Republican Party spokesman Danny Diaz.

"We are shifting costs and shifting risks on to individuals and families and local governments," Sen. Hillary Clinton said. "Mayors, you're on your own to protect citizens. Senior citizens who were promised a prescription drug benefit are on their own to figure out how to access the complicated and confusing program. Three-and-a-half million children who will be affected by cuts to Medicaid are on their own."

"We need to get our fiscal house in order and make long-term investment in infrastructure to make America competitive," Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, a potential Democrat candidate for president, said.

"On key policies, from health care costs, to energy prices, to college tuition, to the budget deficit, to national security, the policies we have seen from Republicans in power do not match the priorities of the American people," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). "And the American people want to know: 'why?' They have tough questions and deserve real answers."


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Al Qaeda passport ring busted

The Associated Press reports on a passport forgery ring in Columbia that provided al Qaeda with false passports to enter Europe and the United States:

Colombia has dismantled a false passport ring with links to al-Qaida and Hamas militants, the acting attorney general said Thursday after authorities led dozens of simultaneous raids across five cities.

The gang allegedly supplied an unknown number of citizens from Pakistan, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt and other countries with false passports and Colombian nationality without them ever stepping foot in the country, the attorney general's office said in a written statement.

The counterfeited passports were then used to facilitate their entry into the United States and Europe.

Impeach Bush ad

The Vote to Impeach Bush organization is running a full-page ad in the NY Times Jan. 27th. This is part of the e-mail they sent asking for money:

The New York Times full-page ad calling for the Impeachment of George W. Bush is in today's paper (January 27, 2006). This ad not only raises the profile of the impeachment campaign but will help bring many tens of thousands of new people into the impeachment movement.

The timing for the ad is excellent. In the coming days there will be Congressional hearings which will examine the impeachable offenses of Bush & Co. The call for impeachment is now coming from all quarters. There is no doubt that Bush and his advisors are well aware that the impeachment demand is quickly becoming a widespread sentiment. They are afraid, and for good reason. We want to seize the momentum and place the ad in various other newspapers and run radio spots as well. We can do it with everyone's continued support and commitment to this campaign.

"Rich White Guys"

"Inside Politics" at the Washington Times reports on the dust up in Pennsylvania gubernatorial politics:

A Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate challenging Pro Football Hall of Fame member Lynn Swann in the Republican primary fired his campaign manager after the man told a televised call-in show: "The rich white guy in this campaign is Lynn Swann."

Bill Scranton, a former lieutenant governor who is white and comes from a wealthy family, also issued an apology to Mr. Swann, who is black, after his campaign manager's comments Wednesday, the Associated Press reports.

The remarks by James Seif "in no way whatsoever reflect my views or those of my campaign," Mr. Scranton said. "I want to apologize to Lynn Swann, his family, supporters and PCN [Pennsylvania Cable Network] viewers for the offensive and disturbing comments made on my behalf."



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