Friday, January 27, 2006

the 3 amigo GOP US Senate candidates silent on President Bush's plan to cut the Tn National Guard

This just in from the Ford campaign...

Ford Challenges Republican Opponents to Join Him in Protecting Tennessee National Guard
NASHVILLE - Congressman Harold Ford Jr., the leading candidate for the U.S. Senate, today challenged Republicans Van Hilleary, Ed Bryant and Bob Corker to join him in his efforts to protect the Tennessee National Guard from cuts made by President Bush and Secretary Rumsfeld.
"I have written a letter to President Bush asking him to reverse his ill-timed and dangerous decision to cut the Tennessee National Guard and particularly the 118th Airlift Wing in Nashville. These cuts are not only harmful to Tennessee but jeopardize our national security. We owe more than a pink slip to the thousands of members of Tennessee's 278th Regimental Combat Team who served with quiet determination and bravery in Iraq," said Ford, who recently returned from his fourth trip to the region.
"Van Hilleary, Bob Corker and Ed Bryant should join me and Governor Bredesen in our efforts to protect our Tennessee National Guard. I urge them to sign my letter to President Bush."
In addition to the Pentagon's decision to close the 118th Airlift Wing in Nashville, the Defense Department recently announced plans to cut six brigades of the Army National Guard. If implemented, the cuts will eliminate 4,000 Army National Guard positions in Tennessee.
Ford's national security record is unmatched among all the candidates for the U.S. Senate. He has supported every emergency appropriations bill to pay of the missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and has brought home more than $5 trillion to the Military, Homeland Security, and Intelligence departments since 9/11 and introduced legislation to improve our efforts in the war on terror.
He has helped direct hundreds of millions of homeland security funding to Tennessee. Ford has even asked for more funds over and beyond what President Bush requested. Ford recently returned from his fourth visit to the troops in Iraq, a trip that included stops in Afghanistan and Pakistan, where he assessed our efforts to eliminate the vestiges of the Taliban and capture or kill Osama bin Laden.
Ford has been a leader in standing up for the National Guard. He has helped secure tens of millions of dollars for the Tennessee Air National Guard and has worked to ensure that members of the Tennessee Guard have adequate armor, equipment and weapons systems. Ford and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich serve on the Pentagon's Transformation Advisory Board, where he is working with the Pentagon to transform the military to meet future national security threats.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Tom said...

Not a single Republican member of the Tennessee congressional delegation has joined the fight in federal court to preserve Tennessee's ability--and right--to protect itself. How can Tennessee elect a Senator who won't even stand up for Tennessee?

1:21 PM  
Blogger tennsoldier said...

As a member of the Tennessee Army National Guard I'm amazed at the number of fellow soldiers who fail to see which party actually represents them, their families, and the country's best interests.
Hoohah Future Senator Ford and keep up the good fight!

5:52 PM  
Blogger George said...

I can't see how the status of the Tennessee National Guard is relevant to the needs of the state or its citizens.As an old-fashioned Democral,I find it immoral to fret about such things when there is an even more pressing matters such as funding Tenncare, education, employment training and the other important human factors. I find it more and more difficult to call myself a Democrat when the party is evolving into "Republican Lite"!

9:20 PM  
Blogger Polly Hill said...

Van, Ed and Bob are AWOL. Thank goodness we have Harold Ford Jr. standing up for our TNG!

11:52 AM  
Blogger Mello Yello said...

It amazes me that Tennesseans are not fighting mad about this. I realize there are more pressing issues in this state, but you would figure even the Republicans would be upset about this. Is anyone going to watch our lovely Senator Frist on Meet The Press tomorrow morning? I saw a bumper sticker in Franklin that said Frist for President 08, I started laughing out loud in the middle of the parking lot.

1:06 PM  
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