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Disclaimer: The author of this site maintained the campaign weblog of John Kline's opponent in the 2006 election, which made Congressman Kline a bit testy.

As with all blogs, review the facts carefully and draw your own conclusions.

Monday, October 30, 2006

More 'Empty Rhetoric' From Kline

[Disclaimer: This post was first published on Coleen Rowley's campaign weblog.]

Well, perhaps a more accurate term would be 'absent rhetoric'. For a man who claims to be so concerned about solutions, he has repeatedly come up short when asked to provide them.

Consider, for example, the information Kline provided to MPR, versus the information Coleen provided. Under Coleen's name, there are audio clips on a dozen different issues; for Kline, there are only five clips, all on the topic of Iraq.

Or consider the information each campaign provided to the CW. While there isn't exactly a wealth of information on Coleen's page, it's infinitely more than Kline has provided.

Not a CW viewer? Then how about WCCO? Kline provides his bio, and nothing else.

KSTP? They would have hosted the League of Women Voters debate between CD2 candidates, if John Kline had agreed to participate. But since he refused, KSTP talked to Coleen for a half-hour (requires Internet Explorer).

This is a pattern for Kline, who figures that the less he has to say, the less ammunition his critics will have to attack him. But as a member of Congress, John Kline has a responsibility to be responsive to the needs of his constituents, and a key part of that is telling the voters where he stands on the issues.

But it's hardly surprising that Kline has ducked almost every opportunity to discuss the issues; he hasn't even bothered to put substantive content on his campaign web site. Contrast that to Coleen's dozen detailed position statements.

We've already provided a brief comparison between Coleen's detailed positions and John Kline's empty rhetoric on a few issues they've recently debated. Kline seems to believe that the voters are more concerned about the distorted accusations he's been leveling against Coleen than they are about, say, the debacle in Iraq, the sinking middle class, 46 million Americans without health insurance, the suspension of habeas corpus, or the fact that John Kline and the GOP-led Congress have failed utterly in their Constitutional duty to provide a check on an out-of-control executive.

On November 7, we're going to prove him wrong.


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