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Volume III Number 16 - October 18, 2004
A Periodic Newsletter for Committed Texas Conservatives

In This Issue

Debates 2 (Cheney-Edwards), 3 and 4 (Bush-Kerry), Now Where Are We?

Race of the Week - Wohlgemuth vs Edwards

On National Security, Has Kerry Ever Made The Right Decision?

U.S Senate Update - "Competitive" Races

What's Ahead

Hard Hitting
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Debates 2 (Cheney-Edwards), 3 and 4 (Bush-Kerry),
Now Where Are We?

Clearly Cheney was his old reliable self - in his debate, Edwards came across as a little light on policy issues and Cheney made many points about Kerry-Edwards past votes.

Among the highlights:

  1. "You cannot use tough talk during the course of a 90-minute debate in a presidential campaign to obscure a 30-year record in the U.S. Senate."

  2. In regard to Kerry's Flip-Flops voting for the war and against funding, "I couldn't figure out why that happened initially. And then I looked and figured out that Howard Dean was making major progress in the Democratic primaries …based on his antiwar record.

The Bush-Cheney momentum continued in the debate Friday when President Bush won the most improved award-clearly winning the debate on a round by round analysis.

Among the highlights:

  1. In response to Kerry saying there's chaos in Iraq, "He is going to solve the problem in Iraq by holding a summit, and what is he going to say…join me in the wrong war at the wrong time in the wrong place".

  2. On Stem Cell Research, "To destroy life to save life is one of the real ethical dilemmas that we face." Bush goes on to talk about his decision here and why it was the right thing to do.

And finally debate 4 - President Bush at his best. President Bush hammered home Kerry's record of tax increases, always supporting a big government approach to any problem

Kerry blew it on marriage when he said it's ok for husbands leaving their wives and children for other men. How out of touch is this guy?

A review of the battleground surveys in key states shows that:

Bush leads in Florida, Ohio, Missouri, Wisconsin (pick up), Nevada, West Virginia, and Colorado

Kerry leads in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Iowa, New Hampshire, Oregon, Maine, Washington and New Jersey.

It's a tie in New Mexico and Minnesota.

So after the debates and the long campaign we are essentially evenly split. The race could go either way - turnout and late momentum could make all the difference. Kerry's radical plans for America must be exposed - failure risks defeat.

Race of the Week
Wohlgemuth vs Edwards

Another key congressional race in Texas and another one that is too close to call.

Arlene is a strong conservative leader on issues of taxes and spending where she saved Texas taxpayers over $1 billion when she led the fight to restructure the Texas welfare bureaucracy.

On social issues she is also reliable. Her opponent Chet Edwards is another moderate in Texas, leftist in D.C. with such stellar grades as D from the National Taxpayers Union, 40 from the American Conservative Union, from Citizens Against Government Waste 27 and a 25 from the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender lobby group, the Human Rights Campaign. Edwards can run but he can't hide - he's too out of touch for a conservative district. Send Arlene help via -

On National Security, Has Kerry
Ever Made The Right Decision?

Friend, William Kristol, Editor of The Weekly Standard in the October 18, 2004 issue details the Kerry record on national security.

Here are the key points:

  1. 4/27/71 - We have never elected president - "someone who was serving the military chose to testify (in uniform) against a war, his country was there fighting."

  2. Fall 1984 - Nor have we elected president someone, "in his first successful bid for federal office, chose to make support for a unilateral nuclear freeze and for major cutbacks in America's defense programs the centerpiece of his campaign."

  3. 1/12/91 - Nor have we elected president, "a senator who voted against an authorization for the use of military force…to eject Saddam Hussein from Kuwait."

  4. 10/17/03 - Nor have we elected president "someone who voted against an appropriation to support troops fighting in a war he had approved."

  5. Finally 9/23/04 - Nor have we elected president "one who gratuitously attacked a visiting leader, Iraqi P.M. Allawi, after a speech to a joint session of Congress, when that leader's government has been fighting terrorists on a day to day basis alongside American troops."

These critical points need to be hammered home to our base and swing voters - John Kerry is a risk America can't take.

U.S Senate Update - "Competitive" Races

GOP Leads Louisiana (currently D)
South Carolina (currently D)
Pick 'Em South Dakota (currently D)
North Carolina (currently D)
Florida (currently D), Oklahoma (currently R)
Colorado (currently R)
Democrat Leads Alaska (currently R)
Washington (currently D)
Wisconsin (currently D)

These races shape up as potentially going either way - the control of the Senate will come down to the wire.

About Your Editor

Gary Polland is a long-time conservative and Republican spokesman, fund-raiser, and leader who recently completed three terms as the Harris County Republican Chairman. During his three terms, Gary was described as the most successful county Chairman in America by Human Events - The National Conservative Weekly. He is in his ninth year of editing a newsletter dealing with key conservative and Republican issues. The last three years he has edited Texas Conservative Review. Gary is a practicing attorney and strategic consultant and can be reached at (713) 621-6335.

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