Campaign 2010

May 21, 2004

What a Difference a Chamber Makes

CQ Today gets a hold of the new GOP talking points.  I am posting them in their entirety in the extended entry for those interested, but the Senate and the House published different sets, and it’s worth seeing the difference on one matter in particular:

Senate: “The actions of the soldiers in the photographs depicting detainee abuse are totally unacceptable and violate the law. They betrayed their comrades, who serve honorably every day, and they have damaged the cause for which brave men and women are fighting and dying.”

 

House: “For every additional released picture of prisoner abuse, we should release pictures of Saddam’s mass graves; pictures of children executed during Saddam’s brutal dictatorship; pictures of the four Americans in Baghdad that were burned, mutilated and dismembered in public.”

Which of these represents the “real Republican” stance?

CQ TODAY
May 20, 2004 - 9:32 p.m.

Republicans Get Leaders’ Advice for Recess Speeches

The Senate and House Republican conferences issued separate sets of “talking points” to their members on Thursday, offering advice on how to tout the achievements and goals of the GOP-controlled Congress during next week’s Memorial Day recess. Democrats provide their members with similar guidance, but do not make their recess materials public. Here are highlights of the GOP recess talking points:

Medicare drug benefit

Senate: “We should stress to constituents that [drug coverage] was a key objective for Republicans and that our plan offers every senior the choice to have quality, affordable prescription drugs under Medicare.”

House: “Democrats have done their best to find any caveat to scare seniors and prevent them from enrolling to receive cheaper medicines. Too bad Democrat ‘buts’ can’t stop seniors from savings.”

Jobs

Senate: “New job figures and other recent indicators show that America’s economy is strong and getting stronger, and that the president’s jobs and growth plan is working.”

House: “Congress is committed to creating an atmosphere that generates more jobs.”

Iraq and Afghanistan

Senate: “The coalition has overthrown two terrorist regimes, rescued two nations and liberated 50 million people.”

House: “Everything from 9/11 to [the] brutal murder of an American civilian - every terrorist from Osama bin Laden to Saddam Hussein - has sought to destroy America and everything that we stand for. America won’t let that happen.”

Iraq prison abuse

Senate: “The actions of the soldiers in the photographs depicting detainee abuse are totally unacceptable and violate the law. They betrayed their comrades, who serve honorably every day, and they have damaged the cause for which brave men and women are fighting and dying.”

House: “For every additional released picture of prisoner abuse, we should release pictures of Saddam’s mass graves; pictures of children executed during Saddam’s brutal dictatorship; pictures of the four Americans in Baghdad that were burned, mutilated and dismembered in public.”

Education

Senate: “Republicans will strengthen local flexibility, increase federal funding and ensure resources are spent on programs with proven results so all students receive a quality education and have access to college.”

House: “Thanks to No Child Left Behind, closing the achievement gap is now a national priority.”


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