In justifying his actions and legislation sought from Congress, Bush used the "different kind of war" preface to assert the need for the Patriot Act, interception of overseas telephone calls, interrogation of terrorist captives, including the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
"In this new kind of war, America must take threats seriously before they come to the homeland," Bush said.
He added, "We have a plan for victory in Iraq. I'm not going to leave our troops there unless I can tell you we are going to win. And our plan for victory is an Iraq that can govern itself, sustain itself and defend itself and serve as an ally in the war on terror."
Tester had some comments, of course, and brought out the same tired argument that Bush has not plan, blah, blah, blah. What, exactly, is your plan, Mt. Tester? You fumbled that answer when you were speakingn at the Missoula Downtown Association Luncheon a few weeks ago.
Tester, in a prepared statement, said: "Today we heard more of the same from President Bush and Senator Burns. There is still no plan for Iraq and no end in sight. Our military men and women have served our country incredibly bravely in Iraq, and they deserve a senator who will fight to give them all the tools and resources they need, and who will hold the president accountable for a plan to get them home safe."
Lindeen even had some comments. In case you're wondering who she is, she's running for the House of Representatives against Denny Rehberg.
State Rep. Monica Lindeen, D-Huntley, the Democratic nominee opposing Rehberg, said Thursday afternoon that "Montanans love their country, they respect the office of the president as do I, but at the same time, it doesn't mean we agree with the direction" the country is going.While the war is important and Bush is focused on our country's resolve in winning the war, Burns had other issues and concerns he thought were important to his re-election.
Burns said taxes, the economy, infrastructure policies and the welfare of the next generation are his focus.
"Montana has a very solid, moving economy," Burns said.When voters cast a ballot will that be their focal point?"I think so," Burns said.
"We have growth, low unemployment. People are working. That's a good thing. These are good-paying jobs and they do not want to give the money back in taxes."
Thank you, President Bush for coming to our great state and showing your support and exciting our base for Conrad Burns and Denny Rehberg. You are a great leader who history will be kind when all is said and done.