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Chris Rothfuss on War & Peace

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Take the battle to the terrorists

I strongly support the withdrawal of our troops from Iraq. There are no realistic accomplishments on the horizon that would be worth trading even a single additional American life.

But we should not be soft on global terrorism. We must take a proactive approach, bring the battle to the terrorists and systematically dismantle their entire operation. While military action will be necessary in the coming years, diplomacy is the only long term solution.

Source: Campaign website, www.rothfussforsenate.com Aug 19, 2008

Draw down US troops and replace with Iraqis

Q: Do you support the statement, "Replace US troops with UN in Iraq"?

A: Oppose. We should draw down our troops and let the Iraqi people--not the UN--take control of the future of Iraq. The US should provide logistical support, training, intelligence and virtually anything else that the Iraqi people need to further develop their fledgling democracy, but our troops should not be on their ground.

Source: Email interview on 2008 Senate race with OnTheIssues.org Aug 10, 2008

Answer to global terrorism isn't in Iraq

I certainly don't believe we should be soft on global terrorism. It's just that the answer isn't in Iraq. Osama Bin Laden is not waiting in Mosul. We need to take a proactive approach and bring the battle to the terrorists; root them out wherever they hide; strike quickly, quietly and effectively from a distance--as only we can do; and systematically dismantle their entire operation. We must develop newer and smarter approaches for dealing with asymmetric warfare so that we can effectively address terrorist threats. We must extend the capacity of our intelligence community, redouble our human intelligence efforts that specifically target terrorism and extremism, and strengthen our national technical means, so that we can obtain actionable intelligence without resorting to torture and the shameful need to justify it. Military actions will be necessary in the coming years, but they can only address the symptoms, not the underlying cause.
Source: Campaign website, www.rothfussforsenate.com, "Issues" Jun 3, 2008

Al Qaeda arrived in Iraq after we did

We are now primarily concerned with eliminating Al Qaeda in Iraq, an organization that arrived in Iraq after we did--and only because we were there--and that seeks to destabilize the fledgling Iraqi government because it hurts the United States to do so. It is time for the Iraqis to stand up and take control of their own destiny. I believe our exit will only help the Iraqi people.
Source: Campaign website, www.rothfussforsenate.com, "Issues" Jun 3, 2008

I strongly support the withdrawal of our troops from Iraq

I strongly support the withdrawal of our troops from Iraq. We have now been there for 5 years. It has cost us nearly 4,000 American lives and over a trillion dollars. We don't have any tangible objectives or an exit strategy, but we claim to be 'making progress.' Regrettably, I don't know what we are progressing towards. I don't see any realistic accomplishments on the horizon that would be worth trading even a single additional American life. We are now primarily concerned with eliminating Al Qaeda in Iraq, an organization that arrived in Iraq after we did--and only because we were there--and that seeks to destabilize the fledgling Iraqi government because it hurts the United States to do so. It is time for the Iraqis to stand up and take control of their own destiny. I believe our exit will only help the Iraqi people.
Source: Statement of Candidacy for United States Senate Mar 22, 2008

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Dave Freudenthal
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John Barrasso
Michael Enzi
Nick Carter


2008 Senate retirements:

Wayne Allard(R,CO)
Larry Craig(R,ID)
Pete Domenici(R,NM)
Chuck Hagel(R,NE)
Trent Lott(R,MS)
Craig Thomas(R,WY)
John Warner(R,VA)

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Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
State:Hillary Clinton
HHS:Tom Daschle
Staff:Rahm Emanuel
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DOC:Bill Richardson
DoD:Robert Gates
A.G.:Eric Holder
Treas.:Tim Geithner
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AL:Sessions
AR:Pryor
CO:*Udall
DE:Biden and Kaufman
GA:Chambliss v.Martin (Dec. 2 runoff)
IA:Harkin
ID:*Risch
IL:Durbin
KS:Roberts
KY:McConnell
LA:Landrieu
MA:Kerry
ME:Collins
MI:Levin
MN:Coleman v.Franken (recounting as of Dec.1)
MS4:Wicker
MS6:Cochran
MT:Baucus
NC:*Hagan over Dole
NE:*Johanns
NH:*Shaheen over Sununu
NJ:Lautenberg
NM:*Udall
OK:Inhofe
OR:*Merkley over Smith
RI:Reed
SC:Graham
SD:Johnson
TN:Alexander
TX:Cornyn
VA:*Warner
WV:Rockefeller
WY4:Barrasso
WY6:Enzi
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