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Chris Wallace Is One of the First to Take a Shot at a Democrat Using the Iraq "Debate" Vote Results

Reported by Melanie - June 16, 2006

Chris Wallace, host of Fox News Sunday, was a guest today (June 16, 2006) on Your World w/Cavuto. He appeared instead of Brit Hume, the heavyweight who makes appearances on Your World to lend importance to select issues, who per Wallace was in Virginia today.

Wallace was on to comment about the vote on the Iraq war that took place today after the House "debated" the issue. Wallace confirmed that the exercise was nothing but a sham; a set-up so Republicans can label Democrats who voted against it, "cut and runners," prior to the November election.

After Cavuto disingenuously asked whether "either party" made any "gains" because of it, and "Who won?," Wallace said,

Well, I suppose, to some degree, the Republican's won but I don't think it's that big a deal. If you want to know what this is really all about, it is this piece of paper.

Wallace waived a piece of paper in front of the camera that he later identified as a press release.

The vote had barely happened, the Republican's passing their resolution, when the Republican senatorial committee put out a thing that says, and I'll just read it to you, 'Ford votes to cut and run from Iraq.' They're talking about Harold Ford, a congressman from Tennessee, who is running for the senate in Tennessee, and it says, 'Harold Ford's vote today to cut and run from Iraq demonstrates that despite his campaign rhetoric about being some kind of moderate, Ford is a D.C. liberal at heart.'

So, that's really the point here, it's to try to position Democrats in swing states and swing districts, where there are a lot of conservatives, to say hey, this positions him as a liberal, as a cut and runner, not as a moderate who wants to stay the course.

Several minutes later Wallace admitted that, "If the war's going badly" in the fall, "the vote to stay the course could actually be used by Democrats against Republicans."

Comment: Wallace's appearance was as much, if not more, about taking a shot at Harold Ford as it was about informing the audience about the vote.

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