Thursday, May 11, 2006

Dix Hits Whalen on Iraq, Tibbetts Covers Dem Views Instead

On Monday Bill Dix released a statement bashing opponent Mike Whalen, questioning his stance on the war in Iraq. Dix said that he stands firmly with President Bush.

Dix noted that Sen. Tom Harkin has introduced legislation that calls for the complete withdrawal of troops by the end of 2006. He then asked, “Will Mike Whalen join me in standing with our President or will he join other liberals in support of Harkin’s legislation."

Dix's campaign manager reminded GOP voters of Whalen's liberal tendancies. “Sen. Harkin is wrong and voters should know if Whalen stands with the President or with the liberals,” said Dix’s campaign manager Matt Gronewald. “Whalen has supported liberals like Dave Nagle in the past, has contributed to the Democrat party, and is open to raising our taxes. Will Whalen continue to support the liberal agenda by supporting Harkin’s cut-and-run policy in Iraq?”

All in all I think this was a good release aimed at discrediting Whalen with Republican's, which seems to be the name of the game when it comes to "Mod Mike". Unfortunately, Quad City Times reporter Ed Tibbetts didn't include any of this in his story yesterday on the campaigns' stances on the war.

It turns out that the Democrats trumped Dix's release with some Iraq news of their own. On Tuesday, Bill Gluba picked up an endorsement from Stop the Arms Race Political Action Committee. Gluba's mantra all along has been that we need to get out of Iraq.

Gluba's opponent Bruce Braley began airing a new commercial the same day, aimed at the war in Iraq. This commercial is not interesting in the same way that his first one was, but rather it is quite impactful. Braley takes a serious tone and says that if he's elected to Congress he'll push for the Iraqis to take over the fighting right now, saying our troops have done their job.

Although I'm not a big fan of a congressional candidate calling our President a liar, which Braley does in this commercial, I do think this commercial was well made and does a good job of showing some sincerity rather than simple demagoguery on this issue.

Rick Dickinson responded with a level-headed approach, saying that Braley's commercial promotes a policy that isn't possible to make happen. He notes that he'd like the U.S. to be out of Iraq too, but that he doesn't believe that most people see that seriously as a possible solution at this time.

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