Rove Says the “Nation” is Fighting Two Wars
IRON MOUNTAIN — For the second time in three years a high-profile member of the Republican Party has traveled to Marquette to address a gathering of GOP supporters. Presidential adviser Karl Rove was the featured speaker Saturday evening at the Marquette County Republican Party’s annual Reagan Day Dinner.
The dinner was a GOP fund-raiser for Michigan’s 1st Congressional District.
During the 2004 presidential campaign, President George W. Bush spoke before thousands of U.P. citizens at a July 13 campaign rally at the Superior Dome.
Rove said the president’s initial response was, “Marquette … where?”
“On his way back from Marquette, the president phoned me from Air Force One and told me he had attended a fantastic rally in Marquette. I knew then that I wanted to visit the Upper Peninsula,” Rove said.
A sold-out room welcomed the presidential adviser as well as a number of local and state GOP leaders to the Marquette Holiday Inn. Secret Service agents were on hand to watch over protesters gathered along the U.S. 41 corridor and to ensure Rove’s safety.
Many of the GOP supporters in attendance were part of a growing campaign encouraging State Rep. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Menominee.
“I am honored to attend your Reagan Day dinner. (President Reagan) was a great man. He restored our military, restored our national confidence and oversaw the fall of the Soviet Union.
(President Reagan) was an optimistic leader who was an advocate of freedom,” Rove said.
Rove addressed the Democrats’ control of Congress, their plans to raise taxes and their outlook on the war in Iraq.
“The Democrats have been in charge of Congress for 120 days, but to many, it seems more like 120 years,” Rove said. “Their proposed tax plan will target the middle class. It will raise government spending while cutting defense spending. (The Democrats) want to spend your money on pet projects. Higher taxes will only kill economic growth. High taxes certainly have not helped improve Michigan’s economy. Any legislation containing tax increases that is sent to President Bush’s desk will be vetoed,” Rove said.
The presidential adviser said America is involved in fighting two wars.
“We are fighting the war on terror in the Middle East and the war at home. How do younk think our troops feel when they listen to the news and hear Democratic leaders such as Senator Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi say the war is lost or they hear of leaders voting to cut off spending to the troops?” Rove questioned.
“This war has affected all of us. All of us here know of someone who is serving in the Middle East. The war on terror has been coming for decades,” he said.
Rove said the war began long before the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001.
“There was the bombing of the Marine barracks in Lebanon in 1984. The first World Trade Center bombing in 1993. The “Blackhawk down” incident. The bombing of the U.S.S. Cole in 2000,” said Rove.
“It all culminated with (bin Laden’s) attack on Sept. 11. The extremists hate the prosperity of the West and, more specifically, the prosperity of the United States,” Rove said.
“If we win in Iraq, it will mark the beginning of the end of the global war on terror. If we pull out of Iraq and the insurgents win, it will mark the beginning of a new global war. If we pull our troops back home, the insurgents will bring the war to America,” he said.
“The nature of our enemy is to be ruthless, cunning and patient. They will use innocent women and children as decoys to bring death to our troops. It is a culture of death. Like in the case of the cold war, we have to prevail,” Rove said.
Rove said he is optimistic about the 2008 election. “Republicans must get back into the fight. I hope (Rep. Tom Casperson) makes the right choice and runs for Congress. Republicans believe in the values held by most Americans.”
State Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, one of five GOP representatives attending the Reagan Day dinner, told the Daily News that Rove’s visit to the U.P. was an unofficial kick-off to the 2008 election.
“Having someone such as Karl Rove address party members and leaders helps rally support for the GOP and encourages people to seek public office and help support those who are running for office,” Huizenga said.
Casperson told The Daily News he expects to make a formal announcement on his decision whether to run for Congress in early September.
By Pete Frecchio, Staff Writer
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And from the Charlevoix County Republicans it’s Meet the Dilberts.
This last Saturday evening Wes Dilworth and his son, Ted, went to the Reagan Day Dinner in Marquette by the Marquette Republican Party. The key note speaker was Karl Rove, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President. Karl has been credited for Bush’s victories since his Texas Governor days.
Ted wrote a high school term paper on Karl (by his own choice) and was thrilled to meet him as evidenced by the pictures. Karl gave a very informative speech and was very much open to questions. John and Phyllis Haggard were also in attendence, as was Representative Kevin Elsenheimer.
(by his own choice) Then why the disclaimer Wes?
Now I knwo why KARL ROVE WAS IN MARQUETTE?
To meet the Dilberts.
Justice, then Peace