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    Dems Counter Bush Attack With Iraq Ads

    hmmmm... Looks like Democrats have decided to fight back. :cool:


    Dems Counter Bush Attack With Iraq Ads
    By DAVID ESPO


    WASHINGTON (AP) - Campaigning for Republicans, President Bush said Monday that ``terrorists win and America loses'' if opponents of his Iraq policy triumph in next week's elections. Undeterred, House Democrats countered with television ads critical of the war in several competitive races.

    ``There's a big national debate in this country about the direction of this war set by President Bush, Defense Secretary (Donald) Rumsfeld and Vice President Cheney, and Democrats think we need to change that policy,'' said Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel, who heads the Democratic campaign committee.

    As the death toll for U.S. troops in Iraq passed 100 for the month, officials said ads criticizing Republican candidates for following the president's lead on the war would air in the campaign's final week in Connecticut, New Mexico, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Iowa and other areas they declined to name.

    Public opinion polls show widespread public dissatisfaction with the war, helping give Democrats their best chance in more than a decade at winning control of at least one house of Congress.

    They must gain 15 seats in the House or six in the Senate to usher in a new era of divided government - and complicate Bush's final two years in office.

    Thirty-six gubernatorial races are also on the ballot Nov. 7, and Democrats appear poised to win several statehouses long in Republican hands, New York, Ohio and Massachusetts among them.

    After a decade of struggle, Democrats projected confidence with eight days of campaigning remaining, and increasingly, the battle for control of Congress was being waged on Republican turf. So much so that the House Democratic campaign committee arranged to begin television advertising against GOP Reps. Anne Northup in Kentucky and Jon Porter in Nevada, as well as for an open seat in western Nebraska that in recent years has been among the most safely Republican in the country.

    About three dozen Republican-held House seats were on the list of highly contested races, and Democratic challengers led incumbent Republican senators in three or four states.

    By contrast, only one Democratic Senate seat appeared competitive - Republican State Sen. Tom Kean Jr.'s challenge of Sen. Robert Menendez' in New Jersey. And in a sure sign of crimped expectations, most of the millions of dollars House Republicans are spending on television advertising in the campaign's final week is designed to protect seats already in their hands.

    Party allegiances were hard to track in a few cases.

    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Republican mentioned as a potential independent presidential contender, campaigned in Connecticut for Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Democrat running as an independent, and hoping a surge of GOP support will carry him to victory.

    Labels aside, Bloomberg's rhetoric meshed perfectly with Lieberman's appeal. ``I think people of all parties are just tired of the political bickering,'' the mayor said at a news conference in Stamford, Conn.

    A spokeswoman for Ned Lamont, the Democrat in the race, said Bloomberg favored a commuter tax on Connecticut residents. Liz Dupont-Diehl said the day's developments meant that Lieberman was ``aiding and abetting a policy that persecutes Connecticut residents.'' (I was undecided until now - IMO - it's time for Joe to go bye-bye.. :rolleyes: )

    In next-door Massachusetts, gubernatorial candidate Deval Patrick, a Democrat, gained the endorsement of several officials from the administration of former Republican Gov. William Weld.

    Patrick's Republican challenger, Kerry Healey, told business leaders that taxpayers needed her to put a brake on spending by the Democratic-controlled legislature.

    ``In a democracy, you need two voices. We need some balance,'' she said.

    That wasn't part of Bush's script - for this day or any other - as he traveled across two states for Republicans who could help enact his program when the new Congress convenes in January.

    ``This election is far from over,'' he told an enthusiastic audience in Statesboro, Ga., where be campaigned for Max Burns, a former congressman challenging Rep. John Barrow for his old job.

    Without referring to her by name, Bush mocked House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi for saying Democrats love tax cuts. ``Given her record, she must be a secret admirer,'' the president said to laughter, reeling off a list of tax cuts he said she opposed.

    Turning to foreign policy - the issue that helped carry him and Republicans to victory in 2002 and 2004 - Bush ridiculed Democrats, saying they had ``come up with a lot of creative ways to describe leaving Iraq before the job is done. ... However they put it, the Democrat approach to Iraq comes down to this: The terrorists win and America loses.''

    Bush's second stop of the day was in Texas, where Republicans hope that write-in contender Shelley Sekula-Gibbs can keep former Majority Leader Tom DeLay's seat in their hands.

    Lacking the presidential megaphone, Democrats broadcast their message in television commercials in key districts around the country.

    ``Rick O'Donnell. He's George Bush's candidate for Congress. O'Donnell wanted to send 75,000 more troops to Iraq,'' says an ad in a suburban Denver race that Democrats are particularly optimistic about winning.

    ``Despite a war gone wrong and no plan for victory politicians like Rob Simmons keep voting to stay the course again and again, following George Bush's failed leadership no matter what the cost,'' is the accusation against Rep. Rob Simmons of Connecticut.

    Rep. Dave Reichert ``just sides with Bush on Iraq,'' says the announcer in the ad against the Washington state congressman. ``Iraq is just a disaster. Iraq is a complete disaster. It's heartbreaking.''

    Yet another ad shows Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., saying, ``We need to stay the course,'' followed by an announcer's voice saying, ``No, we don't.''

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    LOL, I love a good battle. These almost make me want to watch television just to see them.

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