From: Gary Bauer []
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2007 5:10 PM
Subject: End of Day 3-9-07

Friday, March 9, 2007

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary Bauer

Newt’s Confession

As you probably know, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich acknowledged in an interview today with Dr. James Dobson on Focus on the Family’s radio show that he engaged in marital infidelity during the Clinton/Lewinski scandal. Gingrich and his wife at that time have since divorced and he is now remarried. He told Dr. Dobson, “There are times that I have fallen short of my own standards. There’s certainly times when I’ve fallen short of God’s standards.” He added, “There were times when I was praying and when I felt I was doing things that were wrong. But I was still doing them. I look back on those as periods of weakness and periods that I’m…not proud of.”

Gingrich contends that his own infidelity during the Clinton scandal does not constitute hypocrisy. He explained to the Focus audience that his criticism of Clinton zeroed in on the fact that the president admittedly committed perjury before a federal judge.

Gingrich’s disclosure has been widely known in political circles here in Washington for years. But it will probably come as a surprise to many of his supporters outside of this city. There are increasing signs that he is moving toward entering the battle for the Republican presidential nomination later this year. Will this disclosure matter? Currently, Rudy Giuliani is leading the field with significant support from self-identified Christian conservatives, yet his own marital history is even more troubling than Gingrich’s.

I want to hear from you – particularly our women readers. Could you vote for Newt in view of this disclosure about his personal life? Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

House Democrats: “Quit Iraq Now”

After weeks of denying that they would undermine our troops in Iraq, congressional leaders introduced legislation yesterday setting a specific deadline for the withdrawal of U.S. forces – the fall of 2008. Reaction was swift. The White House said the president would veto such a bill. House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) charged that the legislation was “establishing and telegraphing to our enemy a timetable” that would result in a U.S. defeat. Senior White House advisor Dan Bartlett said, “It would unnecessarily handcuff our generals on the ground.” They are right: setting a timetable for withdrawal guarantees that our enemy will hang on in the hope that politicians in Washington will force U.S. troops off the battlefield. This is a sad day for our country.

“Unprecedented Surge of Violence”

Today’s Washington Times reports on “an unprecedented surge” of violence by ruthless gangs targeting U.S. personnel with high-powered weaponry. Unbelievably, the report isn’t about the Sunni triangle in Iraq or Shiite militias in Sadr City, but our own southern border! According to the Times, local, state and federal law enforcement officials are increasingly “outmanned and outgunned” by Mexican and Latin American gangs, such as MS-13, that are smuggling drugs and illegal aliens across our border.

Just consider this weapons cache seized last month by Immigration and Customs Enforcement during a raid in Laredo, Texas: “two completed improvised explosive devices, materials for making 33 more, 300 primers, 1,280 rounds of ammunition, five grenades, nine pipes with end caps, 26 grenade triggers, 31 grenade spoons, 40 grenade pins, 19 black powder casings, a silencer…” If drug cartels and gangs can bring these kinds of weapons into our country, we must reasonably conclude that terrorists can do the same or worse.

As you know, Congress is once again working on the issue of comprehensive immigration reform. Unfortunately, there are indications that the most critical aspect of any “comprehensive” plan – border security – will be overlooked. That is simply unacceptable in the post-September 11th world in which we now live. I promise you that in every meeting on Capitol Hill, we will continue to raise this urgent national security priority.

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