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It's a Hoax to Suggest that Most Dem Senators Who Voted for the Iraq War were Hoaxed into It. [View all]

There were some who knew perfectly well that the WMD claims being made by the Bush Administration justifying invasion did not line up with the actual intelligence estimates. Those on the Senate Intel Committee, in particular, must have known that, at least those who were really paying attention, or who wanted to know before they voted on the Iraq War Resolution (IWR) (October 16, 2002).

Senate Intel Committee members should have had a major impact on their colleagues on this vote. Note how the Committee votes line up, and that the majority of the Committee Democrats, including the Chairman Bob Graham, voted against. There were, of course, other highly-influential Democratic Senators who voted in favor of the IWR, and their expressed opinions carried great weight with some of their colleagues.

Among the members of the Senate Intelligence Committee -- those who should have known best -- the majority of the Democrats voted (NAY) against and all the Republicans in favor (AYE) of the IWR. Nonetheless, the majority of Democratic Senators voted in favor by a margin of 29-21. This variance suggests there were factors other than information that motivated the outcome of that vote.

SENATE INTEL COMMITTEE 2001-2002 (http://www.intelligence.senate.gov/members107thcongress.html)

Democrats (NAY-5, AYE 4)......................................Republicans (ALL AYE)


Bob Graham,
Florida
Chairman (NO) ....................................................Richard C. Shelby,Alabama

Vice Chairman
Carl Levin,
Michigan (NO)......................................................Jon Kyl, Arizona

John D. Rockefeller IV, West Virginia (AYE)................James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma

Dianne Feinstein,
California (AYE)....................................................Orrin G. Hatch, Utah

Ron Wyden,Oregon(NO)..........................................Pat Roberts,Kansas

Richard Durbin,
Illinois(NO)............................................................Mike DeWine, Ohio

Evan Bayh,
Indiana (AYE)........................................................Fred Thompson, Tennessee

John Edwards,
North Carolina (AYE)................................................Richard G. Lugar, Indiana

Barbara A. Mikulski, Maryland (NO)

Here's the complete list of Senators who voted against the IWR.

Daniel Akaka (D-HI)
Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Robert Byrd (D-WV)
Lincoln Chafee (R-RI)
Kent Conrad (D-ND)
Jon Corzine (D-NJ)
Mark Dayton (D-MN)
Richard Durbin (D-IL)
Russell Feingold (D-WI)
Robert Graham (D-FL)
Daniel Inouye (D-HI)
James Jeffords (I-VT)
Edward Kennedy (D-MA)
Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Carl Levin (D-MI)
Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)
Patty Murray (D-WA)
Jack Reed (D-RI)
Paul Sarbanes (D-MD)
Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
Paul Wellstone (D-MN)
Ron Wyden (D-OR)

Wiki: Iraq War Resolution
United States House of Representatives
Party Yes Nays PRES No Vote
Republican 215 6 0 2
Democratic 82 126 0 1
Independent 0 1 0 0
TOTALS 297 133 0 3

82 (40%) of 208 Democratic Representatives voted for the resolution.
6 (<3%) of 223 Republican Representatives voted against the resolution: Reps. Duncan (R-TN), Hostettler (R-IN), Houghton (R-NY), Leach (R-IA), Morella (R-MD), Paul (R-TX).
The only Independent Representative voted against the resolution: Rep. Sanders (I-VT)
Reps. Ortiz (D-TX), Roukema (R-NJ), and Stump (R-AZ) did not vote on the resolution.

United States Senate
Party Ayes Nays No Vote
Republican 48 1 0
Democratic 29 21 0
Independent 0 1 0
TOTALS 77 23 0

21 of 50 Democratic senators voted against the resolution: Sens. Akaka (D-HI), Bingaman (D-NM), Boxer (D-CA), Byrd (D-WV), Conrad (D-ND), Corzine (D-NJ), Dayton (D-MN), Durbin (D-IL), Feingold (D-WI), Graham (D-FL), Inouye (D-HI), Kennedy (D-MA), Leahy (D-VT), Levin (D-MI), Mikulski (D-MD), Murray (D-WA), Reed (D-RI), Sarbanes (D-MD), Stabenow (D-MI), Wellstone (D-MN), and Wyden (D-OR).
1 (2%) of 49 Republican senators voted against the resolution: Sen. Chafee (R-RI).
The only Independent senator voted against the resolution: Sen. Jeffords (I-VT)



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