Skip to comments.GOP Rep (Steve King): Al Qaeda Will 'Dance' If Obama Wins
Posted on 03/09/2008 7:25:30 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) ― An Iowa Republican congressman said that terrorists would be "dancing in the streets" if Democratic candidate Barack Obama were to win the presidency. An Obama spokesman said such comments "have no place in our politics."
U.S. Rep. Steve King based his prediction on Obama's pledge to pull troops out of Iraq, his Kenyan heritage and his middle name, Hussein.
"The radical Islamists, the al Qaeda ... would be dancing in the streets in greater numbers than they did on Sept. 11 because they would declare victory in this war on terror," King said in an interview Friday with the Daily Reporter in Spencer.
King said his comments were not meant to demean Obama but to warn how an Obama presidency would look to the world.
"His middle name does matter," King said. "It matters because they read a meaning into that."
The Illinois senator, born in Hawaii to a white Kansas woman and a Kenyan man, is a Christian and has said he has little connection to the Islamic religion, though he acknowledges he spent part of his childhood in largely Muslim Indonesia.
In criticizing King, Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor said, "These comments have no place in our politics." He called on John McCain, the apparent Republican nominee, to "repudiate them like he has previous offensive comments from his supporters."
Last month, McCain denounced an introduction from Cincinnati talk-show host Bill Cunningham, who referred to Obama three times as "Barack Hussein Obama."
We used pretty much the same argument against Kerry.
Uh-oh, Senator Mccain better break out the kneepads, as he’ll be groveling at the alter of Obama.
Hey gang, the middle name bit gives Republicans all of the respect due to a 3rd grade bully.
Get off of the petty crap and stick to the issues.
As I suggested yesterday, McCain’s only response should be:
“The terrorists will NOT be happy if I am elected President!”
If it results in a McCain victory in November, or even the GOP retaking one or both houses of Congress (both highly unlikely) then it is OK.
Rep. King is right. The terrorists celebrated the Democrat takeover of Congress in 2006. They will equally celebrate a Democrat victory in November.
No kidding. How does McCain possibly think he can win if he doesn't even bother campaigning?
I see no reason why McCain should condemn Rep. King, as what he says is 100% correct. Heck, Obama himself said as soon as he takes over he will surrender.
McCain blinked - and they're gonna use that on him from here on out.
Yes, they do. Particularly when they're plainly true.
He called on John McCain, the apparent Republican nominee, to "repudiate them like he has previous offensive comments from his supporters."
I'm sure McCain will gleefully throw another truth-teller under the bus for HUSSEIN Obama.
I would dare say this is a brilliant strategy for the Democrat party. Have the GOP nominee criticize other members of the GOP. That approach will save the Democrats millions on having to do it themselves.
We are so screwed.
Agreed. Of course, I saw no reason for McCain to throw Bill Cunningham and John Hagee under the bus...but he did all the same; to appease Hussein Obama.
Funny how McCain deems it necessary to rebuke those conservatives and evangelicals while Hussein Obama does nothing to rebuke Nation of Islam's own Louis Farrakhan. That in itself speaks huge volumes about how things are going to go in this election cycle.
'Course...this is what happens when you send a RINO to do a Republican's job.
Of course. The liberals know that nothing gets between McCain and his Democrat masters.
Barack Hussein Obama's middle name IS part of the equation. Barack has been very clear that he has no intention on taking on our greatest enemy of this century. He does have a muslim background that obviously is clouding his judgment as to what to do with our enemy. Our enemy is radical Islam. He is going to talk to them. He is going to hold a summit with them. I want a President that is going to deal with every radical Islamaniac on THEIR level.
ISLAM means SUBMIT! Radical Islam has a call:
FIRST THE SATURDAY PEOPLE, THEN THE SUNDAY PEOPLE.
These people will not rest until Sharia law is instituted on the entire earth.
But La Raza will!
If anything, going down in a landslide defeat will help to dispel the idea that the GOP can win by running to the left of Communist Party.
Why do you persist in believing that 3rd grade tactics will have a positive result?
We are NOT that desperate!
We have real facts and substantive issues to win on, and the playground tactics only detract from that, because then the opposition can point to that and avoid responding to the issues.
So go ahead and vote for the communists, cuz that’ll help....
You anti-McCainiacs are unbelievable!
You persist in telling us what you’re not going to do, without presenting any solutions!
Sounds like standard liberal politics!
Because it works. Reagan routinely called liberals out on their BS and was hugely successful in getting his agenda passed by an often hostile Congress. Reagan would routinely use mockery as a weapon to great success.
Contrast this to the past 7 years of George W. Bush telling everyone how he loves to work with certain Democrats, and look where that got us.
This is an election, not a essay writing contest, if dirty tricks result in conservatives making some kind of political comeback in 2008, then so be it. Preserving this great country, at least for me, is more important than playing "fair."
You see no difference between 3rd grade tactics and embracing your enemy?
Stick to the facts and the issues!
There are key distinctions to be made and if you stay focused on those differences it is more diffuclt for the opposition to dismiss you.
It will be pretty happy if the Hil wins.
It is a non-value added reality.
It pretends that a name given at birth defines the man or his policies, which is a ridiculous assertion.
Focus on the stupidity of his Defense policies, his economic policies, his social policies!
These require thought and understanding.
The middle name crap, is mindless guilt by association, which is a typical liberal tactic.
But it is a fact that Obama plans to surrender as soon as he takes office. He has said this on numerous occasions. He takes great pride (and so many people love him for it) in the fact that he will immediately surrender as soon as he takes office.
The truth is not offensive.
Did either Obama or Clinton apologize for Gloria Steinam’s remarks?
The Hussein Obama people should actually ask some terrorists what they would do. But they would't dare because they know that Steve King is right.
This anti-Mccainiac believes Senator Mccain and most of the GOP of late is marching down an alternate path to the same end, socialism. To that end, a vote for Mccain is a vote toward socialism. A correction in direction needs to be made at some point, voting for him is affirmation of a desire to become a socialist state. I further contend that support from the republican base will bring about that change quicker than a Hillary or Obama presidency.
The executive branch is going to fall into the hands of our political enemy this year, despite the letter next to his name. Our best (only) hope is to elect conservatives to congress. Forty one senators can block any legislation or judicial appointments.
A candidate with a muslim background, muslim parent, who exhibits strong concern and empathy for his muslim relatives, and bristles at any concern or questioning about his muslim connection and heritage is not only an issue, it is a significant issue and one we should be concerned about.
It is also a significant consideration that Obama is looked upon by muslims as one of their own.
The nation can't afford to let political correctness cloud its judgement or prevent an honest evaluation of what Obama's Islamic connection signifies, but that is exactly what is happening.
Anyone that thinks Obama idolaters will be swayed by McCain's "civil discourse" about foreign policy and other standard issues hasn't been paying attention.
Obama isn't campaigning as one competent to deal with difficult issues, he is campaigning as a savior.
And his supporters follow his mindless chants of "Yes we can", "Hope" and "Change" without looking for substance like a bunch of star struck Moonies.
Of course not! Democrats are never held accountable for their actions. Only their intentions (which the media always holds as pure and holy) are ever judged. (*gack*)
McCain should use this opportunity to challenge Obama to state what he would do that would make Iraq less hospitable to the terrorists.
Fixed it for you.
Read further why I see it as much worse.
>I further contend that support from the republican base will bring about that change quicker than a Hillary or Obama presidency.<
What does that mean?
I’d love to see a House and Senate full of true conservative Republicans, but what does that have to do with increasing the chances of a Dem in the White House?
Ya, well you keep up with the easily deflected middle name nonsense and see how that plays in the press.
Pretending that his name reflects his policies is stupid.
Attack his policies and you force him to defend his policies.
Attack his name and everybody thinks you’re an idiot.
Has a democrat EVER apologized for anything?
I didn't support attacking his name and I didn't say that his name reflects his policies, such as they are.
I said it is foolish not to consider his Islamic heritage and sympathies through some misguided sense of political correctness or false notion that it is below our dignity to recognize the effects of his election on the muslim.
Expect McCain to denounce this as well...man...I really really really hate the situation the RNC has put us in.
Puppets...all of us.
Senators have to grovel, Presidents do NOT...the sooner McCain looses his grovelling habit and begins to act like a leader, the better!
Statement: “GOP Rep (Steve King): Al Qaeda Will ‘Dance’ If Obama Wins”<p.
Response: More than Al Qaeda will be dancing. Such an event will formalize the abdication of all leadership by the Anglo Saxon.The election of “ Dee Bama” shall symbolize the turning of America over to the Third World.
You persist in telling us what to do.
Some people just don’t get it. When I talk about Obama’s father being a Muslim and how the Muslims perceive Obama as a Murtadd it is the Radical enemies of the U.S. I am talking about not Americans.
I agree it is UnAmerican to question Obama’s ability to be POTUS based on his religion or ethnicity.
However, It is not UnAmerican to investigate if America will be less safe because of it.
In fact it is our patriotic duty to determine if our enemies will find a sense of renewal, a sense of emboldenment, an ability for recruitment to their Jihad if they perceive Barrack Hussein Obama is an apostate Muslim, Murtadd.
Don’t you think?
Or will we be silenced in that debate?
Will our Freedom to ask those questions be shut down because the Liberals are intolerant of anyone that does not share their views?
and so how was it justified that liberals could say that Bush Foreign policy has made America less safe when we have not been attacked since going on the Offensive against our enemies?
Hussein is his middle name. It’s just a reality. His name/heritage, paired with his desire to pull out of Iraq immediately, will likely be viewed favorably by Muslims in the middle east. I don’t see anything false in this statement. I believe his name will be a factor, whether that’s “fair” or not.
It’s up to Barack to lay out his case as to why he’s a loyal American and good for this country. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with asking questions or stating someone’s middle name. Tough questions are part of a presidential race, and I’m sure McCain will get his fair share of them.
I don’t think McCain should personally voice concerns about Barack’s name/heritage. As another poster stated, he should talk about how terrorists would react to him. However, he should not go after members of his own party that have questions and concerns. There should be no “sacred cow” that’s untouchable. What’s wrong with making sure a future CIC in 100% loyal to our nation?
what that means is a result of Mccain being elected would be a quicker run down the path toward socialism than if the dem is elected because his election will be seen as a white flag from the republicans.
To be frank, a vote for Mccain is a vote for a dem. in the whitehouse.
Rep. King was speaking to the issues.
"His middle name does matter," King said. "It matters because they read a meaning into that."Why don't you stick to the issues and instead of posting inflammatory comments that seek to control discussions.
Let me spell it out for you.
A campain that suggests that we should not vote for somebody because of their name is a losing campain that makes the speaker sound foolish.
I got King’s point. It doesn’t matter if it’s valid.
It’s a lousy talking point.
In one of my many posts on this subject this mornig I suggested that we focus on the stupidity of Obama’s policies on defense, the economy, and social issues.
I think you have "spelled" outed yourself just fine.