Dorchester Update: Gordon Smith Speech

Senator Gordon Smith gave the keynote speech at Dorchester Friday night. Here is a review of the main relevent points of his speech.

– Gordon has been to Iraq many times, and his impression everytime was the same thing where big bombs went off and our soldiers went to leave the Green zone and came back injured. This was a defining experience for Gordon.
– Gordon complained of watching our soldiers set-up barricades which reduced violence in Bahgdad, yet the Iraqi prime minister demanded them down.
– Gordon felt that the Iraqi politicians werenot gving 100% like the Americans
– Gordon actually said of his feelings of the Iraqi politicians as “they were played us like a shield” (paraphrase), meaning we were protecting them to do their duty but they were not doing their duty.
– Gordon stated that George Bush said that 2/3rds of the American public do not like how the war is going, and a 1/3rd do, and Bush said he is with the 2/3rds belief.
– Gordon criticized the 20,000 surge, saying that the surge needs to be 250,000 but they need to be Iraqis
– Gordon said we were in Iraq indefinitly
– Gordon gave a detailed history of the Shite/Sunni conflict, and said it has been going on for over 1400 years, and Americans cannot fix it.
– When asked about uniting the fractured Republican Party Gordon mentioned (1) Power of the Free Market (2) ethanol (3) windmills (4) affordable health care (5) fixing Iraq (6) War of terror and (7) renewable energy.

Finally the crowd reaction, atmosphere and questions was very receptive. There was lot sof grumbling and complaining before the speech, but little after. Few people asked difficult questions, so a truly stark debate never occurred.

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  • Keen Observer

    “a truly stark debate never occurred”

    will wonders ever cease? Dorchester, a waste of time

  • Jerry

    Gordon Smith is a waste of time.

  • Regarding this issue, I think Gordon Smith is doing this for political reasons only.

  • Chip

    I allow him some faults, all considered he still is good.

  • CJ

    Did Gordon not sign the “no new taxes” pledge or did he just forget? He is sure outspoken these days on new cigarette taxes. Taxes that hurt the poorest of Americans. Is this because he is a Mormon and hates smoking for religious reasons or is he simply pandering?

  • T&T

    Hello I think this speech is pretty much on board but one thing he needs to be like Mitt Romney and support marriage between one man and one woman Mitt a mormon believes that marriage should be btween one man and one woman see her below

    Romneys highlight their ‘family values’
    By Stewart M. Powell
    Hearst Newspapers
    WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Friday showcased his “family values” before an influential audience of conservative Republicans by pointedly introducing his wife of 37 years just hours after thrice-married Rudolph Giuliani made a pitch for support from the same audience.
    Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney looks on as his wife, Ann, speaks at conference in Washington Friday. (Susan Walsh, Associated Press)
    Susan Walsh, Associated Press
    Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney looks on as his wife, Ann, speaks at conference in Washington Friday.
    “I came in with my sweetheart, who’s here in the front row, I think, somewhere,” Romney told thousands of enthusiastic participants at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of grass-roots activists who serve as foot soldiers in Republican presidential campaigns.
    Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, seamlessly invited his wife, Ann, to join him on the stage — the only one of the six male presidential aspirants who introduced his wife to the crowd during separate appearances on Friday.
    “This is not fair for me to ask her to say something, but I want her just to say hello,” Romney told the audience.
    Mrs. Romney obliged.
    “We have an exciting month this month,” she told the crowd. “Some of you might think, ‘Well, of course, you’re running for president. That’s exciting.’ There’s another reason we’re excited — Mitt and I will be celebrating our 38th wedding anniversary.”
    Ann Romney introduced the couple’s 37-year-old son, Tagg, before confiding to the audience that Romney’s public accomplishments pale in her mind against “the accomplishments that I hold most dear in my heart, because for me he has been an extraordinary husband and most importantly, he’s been a terrific example to our five sons and now to our 10 grandchildren.” The couple was married in 1969.
    Romney, 59, who went on to deliver a stirring appeal for support, never mentioned Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City whose turbulent marital history has raised eyebrows among some religious conservatives.
    The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll released last week showed Giuliani leading Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., 44 percent to 21 percent, with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., running third with 15 percent and Romney running fourth with 4 percent.
    Romney did manage to take two indirect swipes at McCain, who was absent, by vowing to repeal the McCain-Feingold law that limits contributions for publicly financed federal campaigns and by challenging provisions of the McCain-Kennedy law that requires federal, state and local governments to provide basic medical and education benefits to illegal immigrants.
    McCain skipped the three-day conference in favor of presidential campaign appearances in Utah and his home state of Arizona, a choice that irked some conservatives.
    When he addressed the conservative gathering earlier, Giuliani invoked the legacy of Ronald Reagan 15 times and skirted any discussion of gay rights, gun control or abortion, all hot-button social issues on which he has a relatively liberal record.
    References to President Bush or his father, President George H.W. Bush were conspicuously absent when the six presidential aspirants addressed the convocation on Friday.
    Giuliani recited what he described as successes in his two terms as mayor of New York City by cutting taxes, cutting the homicide rate in half, bolstering public education and making the city bureaucracy more receptive to business enterprises.
    Giuliani appealed for conservatives’ support despite differences over some issues that he did not specify.
    “We don’t all see eye to eye on everything,” Giuliani said. “You and I have a lot of common beliefs that are the same and we have some that are different. . . . The point of a presidential election is to figure out who do you believe the most and what do you think are the most important things for this country at a particular time.”
    Giuliani, 62, has been married three times since 1968 — 14 years to educator Regina Peruggi; more than 16 years to New York television personality Donna Hanover, with whom he had two children; and since 2003 to Judith Nathan, with whom he has a stepdaughter.
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee called the three day gathering “the conservative presidential anxiety conference” with attendees wondering, “Dude, where’s my candidate?”
    Huckabee continued: “I’d like to think that maybe he’s standing in front of you.”

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