|This interesting missive appeared in our mailbox in
January 2003. The author warns that Democratic candidates "cannot
be allowed to just wander around Iowa making false, unfounded and misleading
comments" about President Bush.
1,000 Iowa Republicans and Bush supporters really can make
dramatic difference in Iowa over the next year…
Dear Iowa Friend,
We have a lot in common. We realize that the policies President Bush is advocating and
advancing…from the war on terrorism to his determination on the domestic and economic fronts
to his support for important educational and taxpayer initiatives…are best for Iowans and all
Americans. As Iowans, with several Democrat wannabes surfacing in the state, we recognize that
the 2004 campaign against President Bush is already underway.
In just over a year, the Democrats will be conducting their precinct caucuses and there
should be no doubt the President, his record and his agenda will come under constant – and
unprecedented – attack from the field of Democrat candidates as they try to outdo (and “out
volume”) each other in the coming months.
Hardly a week, or even a day, will go by without one or two Democrats somewhere in
Iowa criticizing the President.
We can’t let them do that. They cannot be allowed to just wander around Iowa making
false, unfounded and misleading comments – not to mention that even non-candidates, such as
Al Gore and Hillary Clinton, are sharpening their attacks on the President as 2004 draws closer.
We must hold them accountable – and confront them.
That why we, as Iowa Republicans and Bush supporters, are on the first line of defense
as Democrats campaign across the state and unleash their political rhetoric.
For that reason – to monitor, to “set the record straight,” to defend President Bush – the
Iowa Presidential Watch has been created. We are determined to assure that the Democrats
won’t be allowed to distort and make fictitious charges against the President without being held
Many leading Republicans – including Mike Mahaffey, Rich Schwarm, Steve Sukup and
Stewart Iverson – have already endorsed the Presidential Watch endeavor. It is imperative,
however, that we have as many Republicans and Bush advocates involved in this project as
possible. We must deal from a position of strength and credibility.
We really can make a positive difference and help assure that Iowans aren’t being misled
by the volumes of political verbiage and rhetoric the Democrats will be fabricating in the months
There’s no getting around it. Because of Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses, we really are
on the front lines of defense by monitoring the Democrats and keeping the record straight. We
have a unique opportunity – and obligation – to hold the Democrats accountable for their loose
language and to confront them when they distort and fabricate the Bush record.
Please take a couple minutes now to look at the following fact sheet about the Iowa
Watch and make a positive decision to sign up to help today.
THE CHALLENGE:Iowa voters will be subjected to more intense – and often misleading and
unfounded – negative criticisms of the Bush Administration and record than any other group of
Americans as the Democrats gear up for the Iowa caucuses. With the announcement by another
candidate entering the Democrat presidential race, the volume of the anti-Bush attacks will
increase in intensity. (They will be in competition to “prove” which candidate is most effective in
attacking President Bush and the Republican agenda.) It is imperative – and Iowa Republicans
have a unique obligation – to confront these misleading allegations.
THE PRESIDENTIAL WATCH:Iowa Presidential Watch is an uncoordinated independent
federal PAC that has been organized for the purpose of monitoring and responding to unfounded
statements about the Bush and Republican agendas – by the candidates for the Democrat
presidential nomination. Although only a handful of the Democrat candidates have announced
their candidacies (with several more expected to enter the race), Iowans are already seeing solid
indications that the Democrats will launch an all-out, negative (and often misdirected and
misleading) attack on the Bush Administration and record.
THE PROJECT:Defenders Project is an aggressive effort to hold the Democrat presidential
candidates accountable for their comments and allegations against President Bush, to produce
materials to make Iowans aware of any false statements or claims by the Democrat candidates,
and, most especially, to defense the record of the Bush Administration and to “set the record
straight” when the Democrats make false or misleading statements about the Bush-Republican
THE IMMEDIATE GOAL:With the caucuses just over a year away – especially now that the
2002 elections and holiday season are behind us – it is necessary to launch the Iowa Presidential
Watch. The most immediate priorities are to create and design a Watch website, accumulate
research materials and develop a media-voter contact network to keep Iowans informed about
the Democrat candidates --and refute misleading falsehoods about the Bush record.
THE DEFENDERS:To achieve the immediate priorities, the Defenders Project has been
created to secure support of 1,000 Iowa Republicans and Bush supporters at $36.00 – just $3 a
month. By becoming a “Defender,” the pro-Bush supporters will play a vital role not just in making
sure that the unfounded, fictional statements by the Democrat candidates are exposed, but the
Defenders will help assure that Iowans are informed and aware of the contrasts between the
liberal Democrat rhetoric and the responsible Bush record.
Please find our check for $72 enclosed.
_____ No, I don’t want to sign up as a Defender at this time, but keep me informed
about the Iowa Presidential Watch and find my contribution enclosed
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Paid for by the Iowa Presidential Watch PAC.
OPTIONAL QUESTION: Which of the following do you believe will win the Democrat contest in the Iowa caucuses?
___ Hillary Clinton___ John Edwards___ John Kerry___ Joe Lieberman
___ Al Sharpton___ Howard Dean___ Joe Biden___ Bob Graham
___ Wesley Clark___ Christopher Dodd