Iowa Presidential Watch
Holding the Democrats accountable


July 17, 2006  

"…extremist elements and those that support them cannot be allowed to plunge the Middle East into chaos and provoke a wider conflict," statement from the G 8.

". . . the Israelis withdrew from Gaza to create the circumstance of peace. The Israelis withdrew from south Lebanon to create the circumstance of peace... They now have a thousand missiles fired from Gaza, they’ve had hundreds of missiles fired from south Lebanon. You clearly have Iranian involvement. There are at least 400 Iranian guards in south Lebanon. Apparently it was an Iranian missile fired by Iranians which hit an Israeli warship yesterday. The United States should be saying to Syria and Iran, 'South Lebanon is going to be cleared out. We are for Israel and the Lebanese government breaking the back of Hezbollah, getting rid of all 10,000 to 13,000 missiles, and we will decisively stop any effort by Syria and Iran to intervene.'" -- Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

"Do you want to win or are you willing to lose on the anvil of ideology? Both parties are going to have to make that decision," Republican consultant Rich Galen said. "That will be the central question of the 2008 election."

"We just have to turn on the news, don’t we, to see what it’s like going on around the world — so many conflicts. We need to get back to building partnerships and alliances, to making friends so we can influence decisions that other people make and have people working with us to stem the tide of terrorism and the threats that we confront." She added: "If we have to use military power, yes, we have to use it. But use it as a last resort, not as a first resort. Use it after all else has failed," Sen. Hillary Clinton said.

"Why send a signal to the people that are trying to keep Iraq divided and tear it up when we're gonna go," Bill Clinton asked.

"This year the convention has come to the president, and we hope and pray he is coming to us," Julian Bond blasted President Bush on voting rights and the war in Iraq before the NAACP's chairman invited the President to the NAACP annual convention.


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Emanuel too disrespectful

Editorial by: Roger Wm. Hughes

Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), Chairman of the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee, showed his true colors when he created a commercial available on the DCCC website that showed the coffins of American forces killed in Iraq. The commercial was to show that the sacrifices made in Iraq are just not worth it. It was so offensive the DCCC had to stop running it.

Rep. Emanuel is known as a blood n’ guts attack dog. He has frequently badgered fellow House Members to act more like him and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in their vitriolic attacks on President Bush. However up until know he has not traded on the blood of American patriots killed in the War on Terrorism.

It is true that war is political: "War is the continuation of politics by other means," wrote Carl Von Clausewitz.

However, it is wrong to disguise weakness as strength to the American public, which is what socialist wing of the Democrat party is trying to do. Emanuel and Pelosi represent a point of view that doesn’t believe in war. These, "Give Peace a Chance Democrats" are a long way from the Ronald Reagan "Peace through strength Republicans."

The Democrats still don’t get it. We are in a war with extremist Islam. These extremists want to kill us and will if they get the chance.

McCain in Iowa

Sen. John McCain was in Iowa campaigning for Republican congressional candidate Mike Whalen.

McCain made his appearance on a farm near Waterloo. There he expressed his belief in ethanol and nuclear fuel as the leading alternatives to carbon fuels.

He also offered comments on the current Israeli conflict:

"The Europeans called for the Israelis to exercise more restraint. If we in America had some group of terrorists come across our border - and Hezbollah is a terrorist organization - kill our soldiers and kidnap others, we would respond very grievously," said Sen. John McCain.

Bayh in Iowa, on 'Iowa Press'

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) continues his visit to Iowa on Monday. Bayh is one of the few presidential hopefuls to appear on the Iowa Public Television’s "Iowa Press" show (shown this past weekend).

Bayh said that the current Bush administration, "…have undermined our nation’s security and we [Democrats] can do better."

Bayh also struck the note that he understands the plight of the middle class, and that is why he should be the Democrat's 2008 presidential nominee.

On health care Bayh said that he will create a government program that will insure the 46 million who are currently not covered. He would do this by: 1. Having the government insure all children to the age of 18;  2. Provide a 50 percent tax credit to small businesses that provide insurance;  3. Implement new technology that could save 15 – 20 percent of the cost of health care through greater efficiencies;  4. Copy Sen. John Kerry’s proposal of the private sector pays for first $50,000 worth of coverage and the federal government covers the rest with a national risk pool;  5. Get Americans to live healthier and lose weight.

Bayh said that he could guarantee the elderly that Social Security would be there.

"In 1930 we made a fundamental commitment, and it was the right thing to do," Bayh said.

He also went to say that in the coming shortfall due to lack of number of employees to cover the bulge of baby boomers retiring that 78 percent of the cost of their retirement is covered.

Frist’s 2008 boots on the ground in Iowa

Volunteer PAC, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s leadership PAC, today named Brian Kennedy to serve as its Iowa Chairman. Mr. Kennedy is past Chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa and former Executive Director of the Republican Governors Association.

"I am looking forward to working with Senator Frist to lead a grassroots campaign across Iowa and the nation as we work to reelect the Republican majority to the United States Senate and win key races in Iowa," said Kennedy.

Volunteer PAC also announced that Senator Frist will be traveling to Iowa on July 29 and 30th to appear at events on behalf of gubernatorial candidate Jim Nussle, congressional candidate Mike Whalen and several other GOP candidates.

Raised in Eastern Iowa, Brian Kennedy graduated from Iowa State University and Drake University Law School. His professional career has spanned law, public affairs, and campaign politics. Brian Kennedy has served as Chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa, a member of the Republican National Committee, and Co-Chairman of the Republican National Convention Platform Committee. He most recently competed to be the GOP nominee in Iowa’s First Congressional District.

Brian Kennedy is also past Executive Director of the Republican Governors Association in Washington, D.C., and has served as a political advisor or campaign manager to former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, United States Senators Lamar Alexander and several other Republican candidates for Governor and United States Congress across the nation. He is a founder of Progress for America, a national grassroots issue advocacy organization working to support President Bush's legislative agenda.

In 2003, Brian Kennedy founded Campaign of One, a Republican committee dedicated to creating a new generation of political entrepreneurs who bring the power of peer-to-peer personal persuasion to Republican campaigns. Throughout Eastern Iowa, Campaign of One sponsored hundreds of innovative Internet-based campaign projects on behalf of Republican candidates from the White House to the courthouse.

The 42-year-old attorney is affiliated with the Davenport law firm of Gallagher, Millage & Gallagher, P.L.C. and is a member of the Iowa Bar Association, the Bettendorf Rotary Club, the Bettendorf Chamber of Commerce.


Analysis by: Roger Hughes

Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich appeared jointly on NBC’S "Meet the Press" this past Sunday. Both are possible candidates for their party’s presidential nomination. And both lack an organizational campaign where it counts -- in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Though Biden and Gingrich were advertised as having opposite views, the two men sounded very similar on the show...

Both believed there needs to be more strength behind our threats and both believed that our current actions are not working.

Both agreed that America could offer assurances that the U.S. would not militarily try to overthrow the current Iranian government, not guarantee that America would support the right of Iranians to change their government.

Their differences came with Biden wanting to lay all the blame on Bush and Gingrich aiming the blame back to the eight years of the Clinton administration.

Democrat soft money

The Washington Post covers Democracy Alliance secret action and funding for a Democrat take over:

An alliance of nearly a hundred of the nation's wealthiest donors is roiling Democratic political circles, directing more than $50 million in the past nine months to liberal think tanks and advocacy groups in what organizers say is the first installment of a long-term campaign to compete more aggressively against conservatives.

A year after its founding, Democracy Alliance has followed up on its pledge to become a major power in the liberal movement. It has lavished millions on groups that have been willing to submit to its extensive screening process and its demands for secrecy.

Feingold in Iowa

Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) visited neighboring Dubuque, IA this weekend. During the visit he fully displayed his anti-war colors. Feingold has made a point that his stance is very different than his leading opponent’s, Sen. Hillary Clinton, position.

"I don't think the election is going to be just a referendum on the war, but I think people are going to be looking for clear leadership in terms of getting us out of that situation," Feingold said.

Cheney in Iowa

Vice President Dick Cheney is in Iowa for a fund-raiser at the Des Moines Wakonda Country Club. The event is on behalf of Republican congressional candidate State Sen. Jeff Lamberti. While in Des Moines Cheney will also attend a rally for the Iowa National Guard at Camp Dodge.





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