Monday, October 18, 2004

The Candidates on Iraq

From the Reston Connection coverage of a televised Reston debate (War Splits Congressional Candidates 10/14/04)

Lisa Marie Cheney:

Lisa Marie Cheney, said that going to war was the best decision at the time, considering the intelligence that was available to the president and to Congress. "The intelligence was flawed," she added, "but it said there was reasonable belief that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. And based on intelligence that everyone had at the time I think the right decision was made. If we knew then what we know today I think different decisions would have been made."
With better intelligence, she said, the United States could have tried to work out a diplomatic solution rather than going to war when it did.
"I think we could have really put the inspectors in there and had more of an interchange with the Iraqi people and the Iraqi government," she said.
Still, working with Saddam Hussein's government would have been difficult, she added. "We were in a war with Afghanistan and Saddam Hussein was praising the occurrences of Sept. 11."
Cheney said she was hopeful that the flawed reports on Iraq had motivated the administration to improve its intelligence gathering. "We will avoid making decisions in the future that may not be what we wanted to do."

Jim Hurysz:
James Hurysz, an independent candidate in the race, criticized the Bush administration's intelligence failures before the war but also had harsh words for the Unites States' handling of the post-war situation.
"How come they don't have fresh water? How come they don't have electricity? How come they don't have air conditioning?" he said. "I would ask, where is the progress here?"

Wash. Times Covers Oct. 17 Candidate Forum

Cheney criticizes Moran's behavior - The Washington Times: Metropolitan - October 18, 2004:

Kudos to the WA Times for giving coverage to the candidates' positions on the issues. (Note: Jim Hurysz was not invited to participate, but was present distributing information before hand.) Some excerpts:

During the debate, Mr. Moran criticized the Bush administration and said the Bush tax cuts have been the major contributor to the deficit.
Mrs. Cheney, who is not related to Vice President Dick Cheney, said Congress could save $20 billion by eliminating 2,000 pork-barrel projects.
Mrs. Cheney said she only supports adult stem-cell research.
"Facts have shown that adult stem cells are proven to be the most beneficial," she said.
Mr. Moran said he opposes the position held by some churches who say stem-cell research is akin to abortion and noted that embryonic stem-cell research could cure diseases.
"It verges on criminal to shorten lives for politically inspired acquiescence to religious extremism," he said.

Mrs. Cheney said working toward medical-malpractice reform will help lower the costs of prescription drugs.

When asked what differs between them and the presidential candidate they support, Mrs. Cheney criticized President Bush for supporting a constitutional amendment banning same-sex "marriage."
"I don't support discrimination," she said. "That was a mistake the president made."

Given the opportunity to defend himself for some of his past remarks, the incumbent instead complained that "these personal attacks" were a distraction. As usual, he refused to take responsibility for his actions that prompted the so-called "attacks."

Mr. Moran, 59, has been criticized for voting in favor of legislation that helped MBNA Corp., a credit-card company that gave him an unusually low interest rate for a nearly $450,000 loan in 1998. He also faced scrutiny for comments he made about the Jewish community and the war in Iraq last year.
When asked yesterday how he can be an effective legislator when he is forced to repeatedly deflect criticism, Mr. Moran responded: 'I've tried to stay on the issues that I feel matter.'

Lisa Marie Cheney Out-Raises Incumbent in 3rd Quarter

Unprecedented Result Shows Serious Momentum : "FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 16, 2004
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Alexandria, Virginia - In a virtually unprecedented move for a challenger to an incumbent, Lisa Marie Cheney, Jim Moran's opponent in the November 2nd election, out-fundraised him in the last fundraising quarter according to the October 15th report released today by the Federal Election Commission.

The results show that in the Third Quarter, Cheney raised a net of $120,555.43 while Moran raised only a net of $114,127.44.

'This shows that people are taking my race seriously and that we are gaining momentum,' Cheney said. 'People know that Jim Moran's vote has been compromised because he has taken large personal loans from indivuduals connected with pharmaceutical companies. He is ineffective because he has been stripped of his leadership position by Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Leader of the House, after she and Tom Daschle chastised him and then six prominent Democratic Congressmen, including two former Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, called on Moran not to run again. It is too late for apologies.'

The results come on the heels of Cheney releasing a video of a FOX News interview with Jim Moran where he admits he should not be in Congress. The video can be viewed at: http://www.cheneyfor

Cheney pointed out that people are also looking for her leadership, 'There is a groundswell from people looking for an intelligent, experienced woman to represent them. They know that a woman will represent them on health care, education, taxes and homeland security differently than Moran.'"