Bipartisan Underdog Roundup

Of course there’s tons of news on McCain, Giuliani, Clinton, and Obama. Even Mitt Romney and John Edwards get good press. However we are missing the long shot candidates and what they’re doing.

Republicans

Sam Brownback spoke to a crowd this weekend pledging to end abortion:

“I will commit to helping end abortion in America,” Brownback said at the rally.

“We’ve got to rebuild the family in America,” he added, saying that he favors overturning Roe v. Wade and allowing states to again have the opportunity to prohibit abortions.

I couldn’t agree more.

Duncan Hunter has been swinging through Florida on campaign stops:

Hunter began his trip to Florida Thursday by giving a speech in Jacksonville Thursday and attending receptions with area business leaders and veterans. Hunter spoke to a meeting of the Board of Governors of the Council for National Policy in Amelia Island yesterday, again on the topic of “Peace Through Strength,” echoing a phrase and concept made popular by former President Ronald Reagan.

Again, couldn’t agree more.

Mike Huackabee is busy criticizing the prosecution of the Iraq war and preparing for Iowa:

In the hour he spent fielding questions from reporters, Huckabee also touched on a range of other issues, including Iraq. He called upon the Iraqis to take more responsibility for bringing violence under control and getting an infrastructure in place. He also wants to see other countries in the region playing a greater role in Iraq’s security — even nations such as Iran and Syria. The Bush administration remains opposed to opening talks with either.

“Generally, I don’t think talking to somebody is a sign of weakness,” he said.

And he took issue with McCain’s support of additional troops in Iraq, warning that stance could prove to be as unpopular with voters as the war on the whole appears to be.

eh..

Democrats

Dennis Kucinich is all about the Department of Peace:

“If we had a Department of Peace, we wouldn’t be in Iraq or gearing up for war in Iran,” said Kucinich, D-Ohio, a 2008 presidential candidate and the measure’s original sponsor.

“Peace is an American value,” said Rep. Albert Wynn, D-Md., who joined Kucinich at a Capitol Hill news conference announcing the proposal.

Is that so our Secretary of Peace can meet with the al-Qaeda Secretary of Peace? I doubt it since our Secretary of Peace would end up be-headed.

Tom Vilsack is big on retreating in Iraq as fast as humanly possible:

“I intend to win Iowa” in the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses next January, he said.

When asked by host Wolf Blitzer if troops should be taken out of Iraq within six months or a year – the usual timetable cited during congressional debates over withdrawal – Vilsack said the withdrawal should happen “as quickly as possible.” He said “it’s necessary for Congress to send a message to this administration that they are not going to fund this war effort.”

It’s become a race for who can lose the Iraq war first.

Christopher Dodd is big on weak things like sanctions (which never work) and discussions with terrorists:

Q: If diplomatic efforts to prevent Iran’s development of nuclear weapons were to fail, would you consider military action?

Dodd: The United States must always have at its disposal all options for ensuring our nation’s national security and vital foreign policy interests. For that reason I would never take the use of military force off the table as a policy option. However diplomatic and economic pressures are the most cost effective means at this juncture of attempting to dissuade Iran from pursuit of nuclear weapons capability. Pursuing direct talks, building an international coalition to stop Iran’s program, applying pressure on the financial community not to do business with Iranian entities n these are all important elements of an effective policy toward Iran.

Semi-reasonable. At least he’s not proposing a Department of Peace. Question, isn’t the State Department essentially the Department of Peace? Perhaps Kucinich should check into that.