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August 31, 2007

Clinton: Don't rule out nukes in fight against terrorism

"Presidents should be very careful at all times in discussing the use or nonuse of nuclear weapons," Clinton said. "Presidents since the Cold War have used nuclear deterrence to keep the peace. And I don't believe that any president should make any blanket statements with respect to the use or nonuse of nuclear weapons."

-Clinton responds to Barack Obama's statement that he would not use nukes to fight terrorists in Pakistan or Afghanistan.

August 30, 2007

Richardson: Leave No Troops Behind

In an August 30th, 2007 email to supporters, Bill Richardson continues his pledge to leave no residual force in Iraq.

"There's no confusion or ambiguity or waffling in my position: just bring ALL of the troops home. No excuses. No delays. No troops left behind"

Additionally, Richardson also questioned his perceived silence of his Democratic contenders on the issue, urging for the topic be included in the upcoming Democratic debate.

"Let's get the question of residual troops on the table at the Democratic candidates' debate next Sunday, September 9th at the University of Miami. Let's get the answers the voters and the public deserve"

But although Richardson argues that opponents Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have been silent on the issue, as reported on this blog, both have expressed the need for residual forces. 

See Article on Residual Forces

August 29, 2007

Ron Paul's Non-Inverventionalist Foreign Policy a Hit With Republicans

Ron Paul's grassroots support among Republicans is graining momentum across the country as the race for the good ol' party's nomination gets serious. More and more Americans of all political parties are realizing that the Iraq war is a colossal fraud and failure, and that the ambiguous "war on terrorism" may soon include an unprovoked attack on Iran. Dr Paul, who advocates an immediate and complete withdrawl from Iraq and direct diplomacy with Iran has gone from an fringe, "dark horse" candidate to a serious "top-tier" contender for the GOP nomination.

I would like to hear from Ron Paul supporters on this one. Is it the strong stance against the war that won your support, or another issue? Please comment freely...

Thanks to redpills.org for these recent straw poll results:

Ron Paul Won First Place
08/21/07 - South Sound, WA       28%
08/18/07 - Tuscaloosa, AL        81%
08/18/07 - Strafford Co., NH     73%
08/14/07 - Gaston Co., NC        37%
07/07/07 - Hopkinton, NH         62%
Ron Paul Won Second Place
07/28/07 - Georgetown Co., SC    18%
07/04/07 - Cobb Co., GA          17%
06/16/07 - Liberty Papers Conf.  17%
06/12/07 - Salt Lake City, UT     5%
Ron Paul Won Third Place
08/18/07 - Tippecanoe Co., IN    12%
08/16/07 - Springfield, IL       19%
08/05/07 - NFRA Conference       14%
07/01/07 - CA Rep. Assembly Cnf. 12%

Straw Poll Specifics

On August 21st the Ronald Reagan Club’s South Sound Republican straw poll showed Ron Paul is favored in Washington!  The results were:

1. Ron Paul (45)         28%
2. Fred Thompson (40)    25%
3. Rudy Giuliani (29)    18%
4. Mike Huckabee (12)     8%
4. Mitt Romney (12)       8%
5. Duncan Hunter (10)     6%
6. Newt Gingrich (8)      5%
7. John McCain (3)        2%
8. Sam Brownback (1)      1%

On August 18th the West Alabama Republican Assembly sponsored a straw poll at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The campaigns of Romney, Giuliani, Thompson, and Paul had representatives who gave speeches regarding their candidate.  When the dust settled, Ron Paul came in first place!

Results of U. of Alabama straw poll (votes):

1. Ron Paul (216)          81%
2. Mitt Romney (14)         5%
   Other candidates (36)   14%

Another straw poll was held on August 18th by the Strafford County Republican Committee in New Hampshire. In addition to Ron Paul, Mike Huckabee and Tom Tancredo attended.  When the votes were counted, Ron Paul walked away with 73% of the votes for first place!

Results of Stafford Co. New Hampshire straw poll:

1. Ron Paul (208)         73%
2. Mitt Romney (26)        9%
3. Mike Huckabee (20)      7%
4. Tom Tancredo (8)        3%   
   Other candidates (24)   8%

The results of the straw poll conducted by Tippecanoe County Republicans of Indiana on August 18th were:

1. Mitt Romney      26.8%
1. Fred Thompson    26.8%
2. Rudy Giuliani    14.5%
3. Mike Huckabee    11.7%
3. Ron Paul         11.7%
4. John McCain       3.9%
5. Sam Brownback     2.2%
6. Duncan Hunter     1.1%
7. Tom Tancredo      1.1%

The final poll results from the llinois straw poll conducted August 16th at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, were:

1. Mitt Romney     40.35%
2. Fred Thompson   19.96%
3. Ron Paul        18.87%
4. Rudy Giuliani   11.61%
5. John McCain      4.12%
6. Mike Huckabee    3.04%
7. Sam Brownback    1.08%
8. Duncan Hunter     .65%
9. Tom Tancredo      .33%

The Republican Party of Gaston County, North Carolina, conducted their straw at their GOP meeting and barbecue at Alfred aand Charlie’s BBQ House on August 14th.  The results of that straw poll were:

1. Ron Paul        36.6%
2. Fred Thompson   31.7%
3. Mike Huckabee    9.8%
4. Newt Gingrich    7.3%
5. Mitt Romney      7.3%
6. Rudy Giuliani    4.9%
7. John McCain      2.4%

The Ames, Iowa straw poll was conducted August 11th.  The results were:

1. Mitt Romney (4516)     31.6%
2. Mike Huckabee (2587)   18.1%
3. Sam Brownback (2192)   15.3%
4. Tom Tancredo (1961)    13.7%
5. Ron Paul (1305)         9.1%
6. Tommy Thompson (1009)   7.3%
7. Fred Thompson (231)     1.6%
8. Rudy Giuliani (183)     1.3%
9. Duncan Hunter 174)      1.2%
10. John McCain (101)       0.7%
11. John Cox (41)           0.1%

The 2007 National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA) Convention was held in St. Louis, Missouri with 250 people in attendance.  The results of their August 5th straw poll were:

1. Fred Thompson   33%
2. Mitt Romney     15%
3. Ron Paul        14%
4. Duncan Hunter   11%
5. Tom Tancredo    11%
6. John Cox         6%
7. Newt Gingrich    3%
8. Mike Huckabee    3%
9. Rudy Giuliani    2%
10. Sam Brownback    2%

The Georgetown County Republican Party of South Carolina held its presidential straw poll on July 28th with 223 votes cast.  The results of the poll were:

1. Fred Thompson (102)   46%
2. Ron Paul (40)         18%
3. Mitt Romney (37)      17%
4. Duncan Hunter (15)     7%
5. Rudy Giuliani (13)     6%
6. John McCain (7)        3%
   Other candidates (9)   4%

Coalition for New Hampshire Taxpayers straw poll at their annual picnic in Hopkinton, New Hampshire results (7/7/07):

1. Ron Paul (182)          62%
2. Rudy Giuliani (24)       8%
3. Daniel Gilbert (20)      7%
4. Mitt Romney (13)         4%
5. Mike Huckabee (10)       3%
   Other candidates (45)   15%

The Young Republican National Federation conducted their straw poll on July 6th in Hollywood, Florida.  The results were:

1. Mitt Romney (163)      47.0%
2. Fred Thompson (103)    30.0%
3. Rudy Giuliani (37)     10.7%
4. Mike Huckabee (14)      4.0%
5. Duncan Hunter (14)      4.0%
6. Ron Paul (11)           3.2%
7. John McCain (5)         1.4%

On July 4th the Cobb County GOP of Georgia held their straw poll.  The results were:

1. Fred Thompson (73)     29.7%
2. Ron Paul (43)          17.5%
3. Mitt Romney (38)       15.5%
4. Mike Huckabee (33)     13.4%
5. Newt Gingrich (29)     11.8%
6. Rudy Giuliani (26)     10.6%
7. Tom Tancredo (2)        0.0%
8. John McCain (2)         0.0%

The California Republican Assembly convention held their straw poll July 1st.  The results were:

1. Fred Thompson         25%
2. Duncan Hunter         19%
2. Mitt Romney           19%
3. Ron Paul              12%
4. Tom Tancredo           8%
5. Newt Gingrich          7%
5. Rudy Giuliani          7%
6. Sam Brownbeck          3%
   Other canidates        0%

TheLibertyPapers.org conference was held in June and on June 16th a straw poll was conducted.  The results were:

1. Fred Thompson     25.7%
2. Ron Paul          16.7%
3. Rudy Giuliani     12.5%
4. Mitt Romney        9.0%
5. John McCain        5.6%
   Other candidates  30.5%

The Utah GOP Convention straw poll was held in Salt Lake City on June 12th.  The results were:

1. Mitt Romney       80.0%
2. Ron Paul           5.4%
3. Rudy Giuliani      4.4%
4. John McCain        4.2%
   Other candidates   6.0%

August 28, 2007

John McCain in Indian Wells, Sept. 8

What: California Republican Party State Convention with GOP guest speakers, including John McCain.

Time: 12 pm

Where: Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, 44400 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells, CA 92210

Cost: $60

Ron Paul warns of attack on Iran within a year

Speaking on the Alex Jones radio show today, Ron Paul warned that George Bush would attack Iran before the end of his presidency.

"If I were a betting man I would bet that they will attack Iran before the end of this administration, which means in the next year or so,"

Referring to the Naval and military buildup of US forces in the region, as well as contingency plans already in place at the Pentagon, Paul said:

The plans have been laid just like the plans were laid to go into Iraq a long time before they did but they had to wait for the right opportunity.

The radical Neo-Cons are still there - they may have been diminished a little bit but they're still very very influential and very very powerful and they have the President's ear so I think they're just laying the plans, waiting for the opportunity.

The warnings of Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich, Pat Buchanan, and many, many others are underscored by the recent move by White House to label Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard corps, a military branch of 125,000 soldiers, as a "terrorist organization."

August 22, 2007

Clinton: Fight the New War

Hillary Clinton said that "new tactics" were bringing "some success" in Iraq, in a speech to war vets on Monday.

"It's working. We're just years too late in changing our tactics," she said. "We can't ever let that happen again. We can't be fighting the last war. We have to keep preparing to fight the new war"

It is almost surreal to read Hillary gush over the success of the Troop Surge while at the same time attempting to give lip service to troop withdrawl. If Clinton truly does intend to reduce troop levels in Iraq, it seems to be entirely for the wrong reasons. Her speech also solidified her position of blaming Iraq's government for violence in the country:

"I do not think the Iraqis are ready to do what they have to do for themselves yet. I think it is unacceptable for our troops to be caught in the crossfire of a sectarian civil war while the Iraqi government is on vacation."

Original AP article here.

Kucinich's Anti-War Platform Resonates With Public, Outrages ABC

As the mainstream Democratic candidates continue to alienate the party's base with ambiguous, insincere promises to reverse US foreign policy of perpetual aggression and dominance, Dennis Kucinich's message of diplomacy and nonviolence has catapulted him to the forefront of the race. Though corporate media would have us believe the public support of Kucinich is insignificant enough to write off his candidacy, he easily trounced the competition and came out as the leader of ABC's online post-debate poll.

Despite this shocking turn of events, ABC chose not to report the victory. Instead, the online poll was deleted, and replaced by a new poll, which Kucinich also handily won. ABC's response was to then remove the online poll entirely. In addition, Kucinich was cropped out of ABC's group photo of the candidates and virtually ignored in post debate reports. Apparently, like Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich is being deliberately marginalized by the mainstream media. This video sums up ABC's obvious attemt to distort the debate results:

The good news is that ABC's politics page, where the online poll and debate coverage used to be, has been swamped with comments by outraged viewers: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Decision2008/story?id=3478895

August 15, 2007

Kucinich: 'Belligerent' Bush Admin. trying to 'deceive' US into 'yet another war'

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), one of the most anti-war members of the House, accused the Bush Administration's labeling of Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization a prelude for war there.

"The belligerent Bush Administration is using this pending designation to convince the American public into accepting that a war with Iran is inevitable," Kucinich said. "This designation will set the stage for more chaos in the region because it undercuts all of our diplomatic efforts."

Full article at The Raw Story

Duncan Hunter compares Iraq to WWII

In his zeal to support of the troop surge, Duncan Hunter tries to link congressional oversight of Iraq to a hypothetical situation where the the Invasion of Normandy could have been undermined by congressional debate. Of course, this debate never happened because, unlike Iraq, the US had actually declared war on Nazi Germany, and of course that war had popular support. The United States spent less time fighting Japan and Germany than we have occupying and destroying Iraq.

If anyone has a moment to give Duncan a history lesson, here is his contact info:

Congressman Duncan Hunter
1870 Cordell Ct, Ste 206
El Cajon, CA 92020
PHONE:  (619) 448-5201
FAX:  (619) 449-2251

2265 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC 20515
PHONE:  (202) 225-5672
FAX:  (202) 225-0235

Ron Paul: Spend money on America, not Iraq war

Ron Paul speaks at the Iowa Straw Poll about the unsustainable war economy.
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