Iowa Presidential Watch
Holding the Democrats accountable


May 12, 2006  

"The government does not listen to domestic phone calls without court approval," said President Bush. "We're not mining or trolling through the personal lives of millions of innocent Americans."

"Everything that NSA does is lawful and very carefully done," Gen. Michael Hayden, the nominee for Director of the CIA said. "The appropriate members of the Congress — the House and Senate — are briefed on all NSA activities."

"I'm not sure why it would be necessary to keep and have that kind of information," said House Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, who wanted more details about the NSA eavesdropping program.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said, "We're really flying blind on the subject and that's not a good way to approach the Fourth Amendment."

Appearing on the Christian Broadcasting Network’s program "The 700 Club” Democrat National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said, "The Democratic Party platform from 2004 says that marriage is between a man and a woman. That's what it says. I think where we may take exception with some religious leaders is that we believe in inclusion, that everybody deserves to live with dignity and respect, and that equal rights under the law are important.”


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Snow fights back

New White House Press Secretary Tony Snow has challenged major news organizations about their news biases according to the Examiner:

Until this week, Bush administration officials rarely issued detailed rebuttals of articles they considered unfair. But Snow, who is expected to give his first public briefing Monday, has taken a more combative stance.

This week he has hit back at The New York Times and USA Today. On Thursday, he criticized the AP for a story headlined: "Army Guard, Reserve fall short of April recruiting goals."

The White House countered: "The Army National Guard, Air Force Reserve, and Marine Corps Reserve all have exceeded or achieved their year-to-date recruitment goals."

Americans like spying on terrorists

The Washington Post-ABC News Poll shows that Americans like their government spying on terrorists:

A majority of Americans initially support a controversial National Security Agency program to collect information on telephone calls made in the United States in an effort to identify and investigate potential terrorist threats, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The new survey found that 63 percent of Americans said they found the NSA program to be an acceptable way to investigate terrorism, including 44 percent who strongly endorsed the effort. Another 35 percent said the program was unacceptable, which included 24 percent who strongly objected to it.

McCain helps Nussle

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has written a message of support for Rep. Jim Nussle who is running for Iowa governor that has been e-mailed to Republican activists. Here is part of the message:

I had the opportunity to visit Iowa recently to help out Jim Nussle in his gubernatorial campaign. I saw firsthand that Iowans need a principled leader who has the positive vision and bold ideas to energize Iowa's future.

Having worked with Jim over the years and seen him deliver time and again, I know he's the right person for the job. Jim is a reformer because he cares about getting results.

Speaking from experience, I can tell Jim knows how important it is to put straight talk above politics. He has a proven record of reaching across party lines to deliver real results for Iowa's workers, families and seniors. Jim's constant commitment to delivering common-sense solutions is the reason why he's been elected by Republicans, Independents and Democrats.

Representing and winning in a typically Democratic district, it's clear that Jim Nussle's priorities are Iowa priorities. He has put Iowa above party politics every time.

It's clear Jim has the positive vision to energize Iowa's future. With Jim Nussle as governor, Iowa will achieve world class education; create jobs and foster entrepreneurial growth; provide affordable health care, and improve Iowa's strong quality of life.

Democrats take aim at Jackson

The Democrat Party has taken aim at the HUD secretary hoping to drive him from public service for doing what the Clinton administration did. Here is part of their recent e-mail to party acrtivists:

Alphonso Jackson, the Republican Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, told a story recently during a talk he gave in Dallas. Here's what he said, according to the Dallas Business Journal:

Jackson closed with a cautionary tale, relaying a conversation he had with a prospective advertising contractor.

"He had made every effort to get a contract with HUD for 10 years," Jackson said of the prospective contractor. "He made a heck of a proposal and was on the (General Services Administration) list, so we selected him. He came to see me and thank me for selecting him. Then he said something ... he said, 'I have a problem with your president.'

"I said, 'What do you mean?' He said, 'I don't like President Bush.' I thought to myself, 'Brother, you have a disconnect -- the president is elected, I was selected. You wouldn't be getting the contract unless I was sitting here. If you have a problem with the president, don't tell the secretary.'

"He didn't get the contract," Jackson continued. "Why should I reward someone who doesn't like the president, so they can use funds to try to campaign against the president? Logic says they don't get the contract. That's the way I believe."

 Hillary and Murdoch

The Financial Times reports on Sen. Hillary Clinton's (D-NY) friendship with conservative media giant Rupert Murdoch, who is hosting a fund-raiser for the Senator this summer:

Mrs. Clinton has worked to tone down the liberal image she won during her husband's presidency, when she led the failed fight for national healthcare. She has courted Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, appearing with him on a panel on healthcare reform, and Republican senator Lindsay Graham, who was involved in impeachment charges against Mr. Clinton.

Donna Brazile, a Democratic strategist who managed Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign, said Mr. Murdoch's decision showed that Mrs. Clinton had "crossover appeal".

But polls show she remains a polarising figure. A recent ABC News/Washington Post survey found that while 80 per cent of Democrats had a favourable impression of Mrs. Clinton, 79 per cent of Republicans had an unfavourable view, including 64 per cent who said they felt strongly unfavourable. By comparison, Senator John McCain, the Republican frontrunner, has lower disapproval ratings, at 20 per cent, in a recent Wall Street Journal poll.

Vilsack to New Hampshire

Governor Tom Vilsack (D-IA) has accepted an invitation to headline the Manchester City Democratic Committee's annual Flag Day fund-raiser on June 14, said Ray Buckley, vice chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. Vilsack was unable to attend an earlier event in deference to Hurricane Katrina.

Bayh to Iowa

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) is returning to Iowa on May 19 to headline the Polk County Democrats' spring fund-raiser.

Edwards in New Hampshire

Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) is in Manchester today where he meets privately with people struggling to make ends meet and hold a media availability with reporters afterwards.


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