DNC: Cheney Brings Fear And Smear Tour To Florida
Washington, DC - Today, Vice President Cheney campaigned in Sarasota, Florida for Republican congressional candidate Vern Buchanan. Once again, Cheney engaged in baseless fear and smear tactics.
"Americans are tired of Vice President Cheney's election year partisan attacks, and want a new direction that is both tough and smart," said Democratic National Committee Press Secretary Stacie Paxton. "Vice President Cheney should spend less time falsely attacking opponents and instead explain to the American people why the Bush White House has failed to close the gaping holes in our nation's security or provide a real plan for victory in Iraq."
Cheney Says He Would Have Stuck to the Same Failed Strategy. "It was the right thing to do and if we had to do it over again we would do exactly the same thing?... Yes, sir." [NBC, 9/10/06]
Cheney Still Insists on Link Between Iraq and Al Qaeda; Said He Hadn't Seen Reports Rebutting the Connection. When asked why the Administration promoting the link between Iraq and Al Qaeda to justify the war in Iraq, Cheney stated, "So you've got Iraq and 9/11, no evidence that there's a connection. You've got Iraq and al Qaeda, testimony from the director of C.I.A. That there was indeed a relationship. Zarqawi in Baghdad, et cetera.I haven't seen the [Senate] report. We know that Zarqawi running the terrorist camp in Afghanistan prior to 9/11 after we went into 9-11, then fled and went to Baghdad and set up operations in Baghdad in the spring of 2002 and was there and then basically until the time we launched into Iraq." [NBC, 9/10/06]