“I think, unfortunately, Mr. Braley may have just cost himself the election."
Gluba made that statement in response to a call from Bruce Braley to cut funding for our troops in Iraq as a way to force the administration to end the war there.
From Saturday's Quad Cities Times:
Braley said Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld should be fired, and expressed disappointment that troops would not be coming home this year. Braley said he would vote to cut funding in order to bring troops home.
“That’s what Congress does. They appropriate the money. If the administration is not carrying out the wishes of the people of this country, Congress has to start making choices,” Braley said.
But Sabula Democrat Rick Dickinson, who’s running against Braley in the June 6 primary, said Braley has taken drastically different positions on Iraq during the campaign. “These are exactly the kind of positions that cause you to lose general elections,” Dickinson said.
“I respect differences of opinion on Iraq, but we have to pick one. Any candidate that tries to be all things to all people can be nothing to anyone.”
Dickinson said he wouldn’t have supported going into Iraq initially but thinks a timeline for withdrawal is “dangerous.”
Even Bill Gluba was level-headed on this one:“I think, unfortunately, Mr. Braley may have just cost himself the election. No American, no Democrat wants to see us not fund our troops in Iraq. We all want to bring them home, but you would never, never cut off funding to fighting forces over there,” he said.
Sorry Bruce, but even I agree with Bill on this one. You may have just cost yourself the election. Even if Braley wins the primary, as Dickinson says, it's going to be tough to win the general with a statement like this hanging over your head.
To see coverage of the Republican portion of the show, visit this story in the Times.