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Wisconsin Stands Up To Washington

Reported by Deborah - April 5, 2006

If Bill O'Reilly had been present tonight, Wisconsin might have become one of his targeted states because 24 towns voted to bring the troops home from Iraq. With a biased banner reading Cut and Run Movement, Tony Snow discussed the recent vote with Wisconsin organizer Steve Burns and Danielle Pletko, American Enterprise Institute. To try to set a partisan tone to the story, Snow opened the segment with a quote from John Kerry asking for a time limit to start withdrawing troops but viewers soon discovered that this was a bi partisan vote in Wisconsin. 4/5/06

Steve Burns told Snow that 24 towns voted to send a clear message to Washington that they want the troops home. Burns added that 12 of the towns voting were carried by Bush in 2004. Pletko countered that she didn't think Wisconsin's vote was representative of America adding that the President has been making a strong case for staying in Iraq. Then she added the old reliable talking point about how it's good to have a debate on the issue.

After Snow commented that we still have troops in Kosovo, Burns said that concerns everyone after hearing Bush say that we would be in Iraq after his term is over. Burns was clear that Wisconsin wanted to "set limits" on Washington with this vote.

Snow jumped to Pletko asking her, "What if Americans rise up and John Kerry gets his way?" Pletko quickly responded with, " Nothing good when we are led by a desire to run away. We are in it to win!"

Then Burns made the point that we "won" in Fallujah but what did that really mean considering the outcome. Snow blocked him saying that he didn't want to get into that now. Burns continued by citing a poll showing that 82% of Iraqis wanted the troops to leave. Both Snow and Pletko jumped on Burns refusing to let him finish his point because they claimed that Burns left out the word "eventually" which distorted the findings. Pletko interrupted with, " People cite polls when they're convenient" adding that she refused to believe that our troops want to be chased away by terrorists.

Burns thought he was getting the last word repeating that 12 Republican towns voted and troop withdrawl won in 7 of the 12 Republican towns. Snow quickly added " By narrow margins."

Tony Snow asked "What if Americans rise up...?" Well that's what's starting to happen and we should all be grateful that the great slumber seems to be lifting. Thanks Wisconsin!

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