Senator Sununu still owes New Hampshire an explanation
April 09, 2007
Senator John Sununu responds to Americans United for Change TV ad with red herrings and no apologies for voting against safely bringing an end to the war in Iraq
Washington D.C. - Americans United for Change fired back at U.S. Senator John Sununu (R-NH) for his red herring response, as reported in the April 6th edition of the Union Leader, to the new $100,000 TV ad blitz launched statewide in New Hampshire last week by AUFC calling on the Senator to vote to bring an end to the war in Iraq. The ad, entitled ‘Stand' spotlights a recent episode, as reported in the Washington Post, where Sen. Sununu fled from reporters "in a sprint" when asked about the President's policy in Iraq, yelling, "you know where I stand!" Senator Sununu did, in fact, take a stand with his vote on March 29th against key legislation to set a date certain for the responsible redeployment of American forces out of harm's way in Iraq - a vote which came on the heels of the New Hampshire House of Representatives resolution (HR10) condemning the President's escalation plan.
"It's laughable to hear tough talk about supporting our troops from a guy who not long ago was sprinting down a Capitol stairway to avoid reporters' questions about where he stands on the Bush administration's failed, open-ended policy in Iraq," said Jeremy Funk, spokesman for Americans United for Change. "As Senator Sununu and his henchmen desperately try to throw red herrings into the Iraq war debate with the phony issue of funding for our troops - who will always receive the resources they need - what the Senator needs to square with the people of New Hampshire is after 4 years of failed policy in Iraq, why he voted against a reasonable and publicly supported plan to change course in Iraq, to hold the Iraqi government accountable and to set a date certain for bringing our men and women safely home from this bloody civil war that has no end in sight. Senator Sununu can make excuses all day long, but there is no hiding from the fact that on March 29th, when faced the most historic and significant vote on Iraq since the vote to authorize the war, he stood with President Bush and Vice-President Cheney - not the troops - by voting against bringing a responsible end to the war."
‘Stand' comes on the heels of a similar ad Americans United for Change launched in Kentucky last month, calling on Senate Minority Leader and Obstructionist-in-Chief Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to stop blocking change in Iraq. Last week, Americans United launched a similar ad in Maine calling on Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) to vote to wind down the war in Iraq.