Saturday, May 20, 2006

“I think, unfortunately, Mr. Braley may have just cost himself the election."

That was a quote by Bill Gluba at the taping of Iowa Press on Friday. The Iowa politics talk show is featuring the 1st District candidates in a special hour-long program this week.

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.

Dickinson replied:

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.

17 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I say good job Bill. YOu are right maybe Braley did cost himself the election. How does everyone fell about this issue? I was leaning Braley, but now I am unsure......

6:36 PM, May 21, 2006  
Anonymous Honest Abe said...

Gluba has made the statement of the campaign:

“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,”

7:43 PM, May 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My early assessment was that Dickinson would give Braley a run for his money. Braley thought, seemed lately to have pulled away...I didn't think Dickinson had the chops to take him anymore. Now, if Braley/Gluba play it right I think it could be a whole new ball game. I will tell you that even if he gets through the Primary, the GOP will not let this slide in November.

9:04 PM, May 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My read is this: After watching the two "Money Men" in their respective performances, Bill Dix and Bruce Braley, I now put no stock in fundraising prowess. Neither candidate looked ready to take their banners into the fall election. Braley was all over the map on the issues, and the Iraq troop quote will haunt him forever. It borders on lunacy to say we'll cut off funding for the troops.

Dix did not look honest or trustworthy in his recollection of his own voting record. For a guy that says he's going to run on his record, he seems to have pretty selective memories.

6:56 AM, May 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought the press treated Bruce like a little kid which he must deserve now after saying a quote like that. If he gets the Democratic nomination the Republican party will win this election. I just wish the voters of this district would realize what has happened here, and the consequences of Mr. Braley's quote.

7:44 AM, May 22, 2006  
Anonymous surefireloser said...

Well I think all the Republican voters here realize the consequences of Mr. Braley's quote!

8:20 AM, May 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it would be a real match to see Braley against Dix. Think about it. They guy who wants to cut funding to troops to get out of Iraq vs. the guy who stands firmly with the President (approval ratings in the 30's) that has no plan to get out at all. What a fool's battle!

8:25 AM, May 22, 2006  
Anonymous not ready for prime time said...

Braley is toast in a general election!

He must think he's done a good thing cuz he is actually posting the articles about cutting the funds on his website.

what in the world is he thinking?

9:17 AM, May 22, 2006  
Blogger Scoop Iowa said...

I noticed that too and wondered that same question.

11:35 AM, May 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Probably because Braley won't run away from his comments. Dickinson continues to state that we should send someone different to D.C. Braley seems to be saying that he won't rubber-stamp the administrations continued funding of Haliburton at the expense of our soldiers over in Iraq. Maybe an organized wake-up call from Congress would help create a bill that would fund the troops (and their removal from Iraq) rather than over-fund friends of George Bush and Dick Cheney.

12:49 PM, May 22, 2006  
Anonymous Bill Gluba said...

“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,”

1:22 PM, May 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Mr. Gluba would vote to continue rubber-stamping the administration's funding of Haliburton and no-bid contracts? He wouldn't organize with other Democrats to hold the administration accountable and force a bill that would give much needed combat gear and assistance to our troops instead of friends of George Bush and Dick Cheney? Does Mr. Gluba believe in business as usual in Washington? Or does he want change?

2:06 PM, May 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can organize Democrats to hold the administration accountable, but you don't have to cut funding for the troops. As the two candidates say, you never ever take away the funding for the troops no matter what. My best friend is over there right now and as much as I am against the war, you do not say you will cut funding for the troops. Hearing even just one person say that they will cut funding for the troops. I am sure several hundred people can put a face to the the word "troops". Even if the purpose was to say you don't want to give no-bid contracts to Haliburton. You ALWAYS support the troops.

2:42 PM, May 22, 2006  
Anonymous Rocket said...

Bill Gluba is the most anti-war candidate running and you are attacking him? Have you been watching this race? Frankly Bill is better on these issues than Braley could ever hope to be.

Bill Gluba has got more credentials and conviction in his little finger than Braley has in his whole body.

Bill gets that you don't cut the funds for the troops.

It's pretty telling that Braley doesn't.

3:18 PM, May 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are only two positions here for a congressional candidate. You can stand with the President and say you'd vote for war funding until the President decides to pull out, or you can take Braley's stance that as a last resort- as the only power that Congress holds in this instance is that of the purse string- you would support voting to cut funding for the war as the only way to force the President to bring our troops home.

A guttless acceptance of President Bush's policies in Iraq is not supporting the troops. A candidate like Braley who says he will do all that is in his power to bring our troops home, because they have done their job, is supporting the troops.

3:21 PM, May 22, 2006  
Anonymous surefireloser said...

Braley's guys-

Spin this as much as you want, but no way can you correct this mistake in the eyes of the voters. If you want to survive the beating you're going to get, you have to come up with something better than a misguided, technical answer that you are giving now.

3:56 PM, May 22, 2006  
Anonymous ready...fire...aim said...

Sounds like a lawyer talking to me...tell it to the jury...or in this case the voters.

If that's Braley's defense, he'll lose in the court of public opinion.

6:42 PM, May 22, 2006  

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