U.S. congressional elections in 2006: Campaign Issues

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The following relates to Campaign Issues for the U.S. congressional elections in 2006.

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A Vote for Democrats is a Vote for Terrorism

On October 30, 2006, President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney commenced to put forth a "coordinated message" "that essentially said a vote for Democrats is a vote for terrorism," Ed Kilgore wrote November 1, 2006, at TPM Cafe Blog.

"If you elect the Democrats they'll tax you into the poor house, and on the way, you'll meet a terrorist on every corner, and when you try to run away, you'll stumble over an illegal immigrant," President Bill Clinton said October 29, 2006. [1]

War on Terrorism

Of Necessity, Republicans Embrace the War in Iraq

On June 21, 2006, "there was little sign of such nervousness ... as Republican after Republican took to the Senate floor to offer an unambiguous embrace of the Iraq war and to portray Democrats as advocates of an overly hasty withdrawal that would have grave consequences for the security of the United States. Like their counterparts in the House last week, they accused Democrats of espousing 'retreat and defeatism.'

"That emerging Republican approach reflects, at least for now, the success of a White House effort to bring a skittish party behind Mr. Bush on the war after months of political ambivalence in some vocal quarters. As President Bush offered another defense of his Iraq policy during a visit to Vienna on [June 21st], Republicans acknowledged that it was a strategy of necessity, an effort to turn what some party leaders had feared could become the party's greatest liability into an advantage in the midterm elections." (Emphasis added.) [2]

No Withdrawal from Iraq

According to "White House officials", the "central line of attack against Democrats from now through the midterm elections: that the withdrawal being advocated by Democrats would mean thousands of troops would have died for nothing, would give extremists a launching pad from which to build an Islamo-fascist empire and would hand the United States its must humiliating defeat since Vietnam."—Jim Rutenberg and Adam Nagourney, New York Times, June 22, 2006. [3]

Also see Exit Strategy from Iraq, embolden the terrorists, and stay the course.

Karl Rove's plan to make the election about the War on Terror

On Friday, January 20, 2006, President George W. Bush's political adviser, Karl Rove, then still under investigation in the Valerie Plame leak case, "vowed" "to make the war on terrorism a central campaign issue" for the November 2006 elections, the Associated Press reported:

"'Republicans have a post-9/11 view of the world. And Democrats have a pre-9/11 view of the world,' Rove told Republican activists. 'That doesn't make them unpatriotic, not at all. But it does make them wrong -- deeply and profoundly and consistently wrong.'"

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