FITCHBURG, Wis. -- U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., spoke about the Iraq war and even his long-rumored run for the White House next year during a Dane County town hall-style forum on Monday.
During the meeting at the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County in Fitchburg, the Iraq issue dominated the discussion, WISC-TV reported.
Most of the attendees -- who were mostly supporters of the senator -- said that they agreed with Feingold's position of setting a timetable for troop withdrawal from Iraq.
Meanwhile, Feingold is apparently ramping up the tough talk about how the war in Iraq is being handled. Feingold said the Bush administration is keeping the U.S. in the country based on "an outrageous pile of lies."
"There should be accountability for being stuck there because they won't admit their mistakes," Feingold said. "And that's what's getting me angrier and angrier. Everybody admits (it). I mean, John McCain said yesterday on 'Meet The Press,' 'We're not winning.'
"When did he change his mind on that?" he said.
How does this crazy moonbat peacenik stuff play in the heartland? According to a WISC-TV poll of 600 Wisconsin residents, Russ has 53% support for an '08 presidential bid and enjoys an approval rating of 57%. And it's stuff like this that gets him those numbers. On Bush's warrantless wiretapping, recently ruled unconstitutional, Feingold said, "Democrats aren't bold enough in saying we should stand up to the president breaking the law." Feingold has called for Bush's censure.
His position on drawing up a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq is also a key to Feingold's popularity here in flyover country. In April, Wisconsin voters in 30-some communities voted on advisory referenda to pull out of Iraq. The antiwar vote was a landslide win.
And if it were held nationwide, it'd be a landslide as well. Opposition to the war in Iraq is at an all time high, at 61%.
So don't listen to Rush Limbaugh talking about what'll fly in the heartland or Bill O'Reilly on what the 'folks' think about the war. Not only do polls show that that middle-america opposes the war, but we're willing to go vote on it and make that opposition official and get it on the record.
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