Iowa Presidential Watch
Holding the Democrats accountable


July 10, 2006  

"North Korea poses a potential threat. The test itself was a failure … but they're testing missiles capable of delivering them to the United States, so that's obviously a matter of real concern." said Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee and Special Committee on Intelligence.


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Huckabee in Iowa

The Des Moines Register offers coverage of Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s recent visit to Iowa:

Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in Iowa Saturday downplayed the threat North Korea's missile testing last week posed to the United States, but discouraged U.S. officials from confronting the actions without strong international collaboration.

"They are doing some saber-rattling, but their swords are very dull and very rusty," Huckabee, a Republican weighing a presidential campaign, said about the rogue communist nation as he began a three-day swing through Iowa.

Having returned from a trip to South Korea and Japan just days before the test, Huckabee said North Korea's missile technology is so crude that South Koreans are less concerned than Americans about the developments.

"They don't really have the weaponry that's advanced enough to have people ducking and covering just yet," he said in an interview. "But this clearly can't be another situation where the U.S. goes it alone."

Edwards slams moderates

Former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) bashed moderate Democrats in a fundraising event for David Loebsack, who is running in Iowa's 2nd U.S. House District:

"I don't believe in a party that's trying to navigate its way to the political center and to see how careful we can be," Edwards said.

Edwards also refused to endorse fellow Democrat Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), who like Edwards was a recent vice presidential candidate for the Democrat party.

Giuliani's in for 2008

Robert Novak writes in his column that Rudi Giuliani is in the race for the 2008 presidential nomination:

Well-connected public figures report that they have been told recently by Rudolph Giuliani that, as of now, he intends to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008.

The former mayor of New York was on top of last month's national Gallup poll measuring presidential preferences by registered Republicans, with 29 percent. Sen. John McCain's 24 percent was second, with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich third at 8 percent. National polls all year have shown Giuliani running either first or second to McCain, with the rest of the presidential possibilities far behind.

Santorum in the cross-hairs

The NY Times reports on Sen. Rick Santorum’s (R-PA) race for reelection:

Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, the third-ranking Republican in the Senate leadership, sums up his race for re-election this year with a paradoxical pride: "The other side of the aisle wants to beat me more than anything you can possibly imagine," he told the Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association not long ago.

Matlin/Allen distraction

The Washington Times’ "Inside the Beltway" reports that Mary Matlin and Virginia’s First Lady Susan Allan were asked to leave a public celebration:

Virginia senatorial wife Susan Allen and Republican operative Mary Matalin, accompanied by their respective daughters, were asked to leave a birthday celebration for the city of Alexandria on Saturday evening because they were "distracting."

That says a close friend of Mrs. Allen, the wife of Virginia Republican Sen. George Allen, who is seeking re-election to a second term.

"They were asked to leave the public event by Alexandria's Parks and Recreation Department because they were told they were 'distracting,'" the friend states. "That was the exact word [officials] used. Perhaps these Alexandria servants should be reminded that politicking at public, community events is a time-honored, American tradition, not to mention a First Amendment right."

Hoekstra’s way

The Washington Post covers the House Intelligence Chairman’s flap on the briefing of secret programs:

The Bush administration briefed top lawmakers on a significant intelligence program only after a key Republican committee chairman angrily complained of being left in the dark, the chairman said yesterday.

House intelligence committee Chairman Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.) would not describe the program, but he said it was significant enough that the administration should have briefed him and others voluntarily, without waiting for them to learn of it through government tipsters.


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