Iowa Presidential Watch
Holding the Democrats accountable


May 1, 2006

"The suppliers have lost control of the market," Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman told NBC's "Meet the Press."

"Karl Rove is as engaged as I've ever seen him in his work," White House Chief of Staff Joshua B. Bolten said on Fox News. "He's always cheerful, optimistic and energetic. He gets more done in an hour than most people get done in a day."

"From this Republican-controlled Congress, we hear more of the same: 'Let's just drill our way to energy independence, sacrifice our environment and provide big tax breaks to Big Oil,'" Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) said.

"My concern is that these [illegal immigrant] demonstrations will be a distraction from what the real problem is, and that is comprehensive immigration reform," Governor Bill Richardson (D-NM) said.


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Biden "Divide Iraq"

Reuters reports that Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) proposes that the path to take in Iraq is to divide the country along ethnic lines like Bosnia:

Under Biden's proposal, the Kurdish, Sunni and Shiite regions would each be responsible for their own domestic laws, administration and internal security. The central government would control border defense, foreign affairs and oil revenues.

Fristís $100

Sen. Bill Frist has offered to send a $100 rebate to Americans to help with gas isnít selling well according to the NY Times:

The Senate Republican plan to mail $100 checks to voters to ease the burden of high gasoline prices is eliciting more scorn than gratitude from the very people it was intended to help.

Aides for several Republican senators reported a surge of calls and e-mail messages from constituents ridiculing the rebate as a paltry and transparent effort to pander to voters before the midterm elections in November.

"The conservatives think it is socialist bunk, and the liberals think it is conservative trickery," said Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, pointing out that the criticism was coming from across the ideological spectrum.


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