Supposedly, Peter Roskam used the Tribune editorial board debate to back away from his “cut and run” comments he uttered at the last debate. But that isn’t in the Trib’s story.
Republican Peter Roskam and Democrat Tammy Duckworth disagreed Wednesday about everything from the Iraq war’s effect on national security to airport expansion, highlighting stark differences in their campaigns in the 6th Congressional District. […]
The candidates accused each other of overstepping with negative attacks in the hard-fought race for the west suburban congressional seat of retiring Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Ill.). […]
“I have a great deal of respect for her [military] service and I have a great deal of respect for her sacrifice, [but] I don’t sign on to the world view that she’s adopted that somehow it’s the United States that’s causing a jihadist mentality,” said Roskam, a state senator from Wheaton. “I don’t buy it and I don’t think the 6th District does either.”
Meanwhile, Bob Dole is forced to climb down a bit from effusive comments he made about Duckworth.
Former Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole took issue Wednesday with Democratic congressional candidate Tammy Duckworthâ€™s use of his image and statements in a campaign flier.
The ad uses a Dole photo and quote from the March 2006 edition of Glamour magazine in which Dole said Duckworth will be â€œan excellent candidate for Congress.â€
Dole, however, said heâ€™s actually endorsing Duckworthâ€™s 6th Congressional District foe.
â€œIf Tammy is an excellent candidate, so is Peter Roskam,â€ Dole said in a statement. â€œI am supporting Peter Roskam.â€
Bob Dole said “I”? He didn’t say “Bob Dole is supporting Pete Roskam… That’s his name, ‘Pete,’ whether he likes it or not, it’s ‘Pete’”?
And Rahm Emanuel lays out the national Democratic GOTV strategy.
Key to the Dems’ House strategy is picking up a hot political market segment — drop-off voters. They are sought-after micro- targets for Democrats in 2006. They are the voters who turned out in the 2004 presidential year but may well stay home in November.
“And the entire focus of our effort, God willing there are no reporters in here to make sure the NRCC [National Republican Congressional Committee] hears about it, and that means that is to focus on those people who do vote presidential but don’t vote in non-presidential years,'’ Emanuel said.
“And our entire resources of mail, telephone, door knocking and person-to-person contact is to that universe. . . . That’s what we are doing.'’
That isn’t gonna be easy.
*** UPDATE *** The video of the debate can be found here. The Tribune being the Tribune, there’s no way to download it.
*** UPDATE 2 *** Roskam said “cut and run” was “admittedly not” Duckworth’s position.