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kskiska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:03 PM
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House members back resolution that says elections will never be postponed
House leaders called Monday for Congress to affirm that presidential elections, to be held this year on Nov. 2, will never be postponed because of a terrorist attack.

The move comes after the chairman of a federal election commission suggested to congressional leaders last week that there should be a process for canceling or rescheduling an election interrupted by terrorism. National security adviser Condoleezza Rice said the administration is considering no such plan.

Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge recently warned that intelligence indicates that the al-Qaida terrorist network wants to disrupt the upcoming elections.

A congressional resolution by Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, chairman of the House Administration Committee, says "the actions of terrorists will never cause the date of any presidential election to be postponed" and "no single individual or agency should be given the authority to postpone the date of a presidential election."

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PROGRESSIVE1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:04 PM
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1. Bushie must be getting the VETO PEN warmed up right about now.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:07 PM
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3. Let him try it! This bob ney has the right idea..I
guess he didn't get the memo that if bush is behind they have to postpone elections.
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ashling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:35 PM
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8. This is only a resolution
Edited on Mon Jul-19-04 09:39 PM by ashling
resolutions declare the "sense" of the Congress about a subject.

I put that word in quotation marks because this Congress doesnt' seem to have much sense.

At any rate, the President doesn't get to vetoe.
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classof56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:07 PM
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2. Yes, yes, yes!
This should be our mantra: If the elections are postponed, the terrorists win!

Glad to see our elected officials show some courage! Hope it lasts.
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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:11 PM
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4. i dunno. i have my tinfoil hat on over this one as well. elections will
NEVER be postponed? sheesh... how about elections can only be postponed by an act of Congress, or something of that nature? i hate to even describe the possible situation whereby this seems like it might be a good idea, but consider if there were no major candidates to vote for? what then?
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freetobegay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:14 PM
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5. We have never postponed a Presidential election in our history
I can't see one reason why we ever should. We even had elections during the Civil War.
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banana republican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:17 PM
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6. not to mention the war of 1812
when they(the brits) burned the whitehouse.



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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:26 PM
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7. Proposed by a republican congressman, which is significant.
sounds like not even all of the GOP is buying the transparent talk of bushrove. My guess would be this is in part motivated by a renewed sense in the home districts that some of the voters are not too thrilled by all of the actions/rhetoric/chessmoves of teambush...

Note - my heading is not a knock on dems - with the hammerlock DeLay has on committees, etc. in the house - dems are almost powerless to initiate legislation. Thus - this move (by a republican) suggests some real unrest towards the rhetoric coming out of the WH.
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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:53 PM
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9. I wonder what the military will do if * tries to stop the elections to
extend his residency?
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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:57 PM
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10. Apparently rejected by focus groups
They floated it, it sunk, game over. Back to the election-stealing drawing board.

Julie
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Wednesdays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 10:24 PM
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11. Agreed...
This smells like a little bit of GOP CYA.
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