Archive for Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Bush may rally Ryun supporters in Topeka

A White House spokesman declined to comment

October 31, 2006


— President Bush is expected to make a last-minute trip to Kansas this weekend to help boost the re-election hopes of Republican Rep. Jim Ryun, according to state GOP officials.

An e-mail message sent Monday from the Kansas Republican Party to GOP candidates around the state said Bush would lead a rally for Ryun on Sunday in Topeka. The message, obtained by The Associated Press, said the White House wants as many GOP candidates as possible on stage with the president.

A White House spokesman declined to comment, saying Bush's official schedule for the weekend has not yet been finalized.

Ryun, seeking a sixth term in Congress, is facing a tougher-than-anticipated race in his rematch with Democrat Nancy Boyda, whom he defeated with 56 percent of the vote in 2004.

Boyda has insisted for weeks that the race is much closer than Ryun or national officials in either party have thought, though there have been no independent polls to confirm it.

"If he were coming here, we would be ecstatic," Ryun campaign manager Jeffrey Black said Tuesday. "We've never tried to distance ourselves from President Bush."

In a surprise move last week, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spent $339,000 on television ads for Boyda and against Ryun, according to records filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Boyda said even she was surprised by the infusion of outside money into the race many analysts had written off as noncompetitive. She has been running a campaign independent from House Democrats and said she didn't ask for the help.

Boyda has raised about $529,000, while Ryun has pulled in about $893,000, according to recent campaign finance reports.

Bush's visit would come less than four weeks after Vice President Dick Cheney hosted a Topeka fundraiser on Oct. 12 that hauled in $200,000 for Ryun.


saudipoo 11 years, 4 months ago

If you take a drive through SE Kansas you will see the support for Boyda is more than just Western Lawrence. Go Boyda!

rhd99 11 years, 4 months ago

FORGET Bush, Ryun & other extremists. I certainly agree with Boyda in that I have HAD IT with Bush/Cheney & company & their backwards policies.

BigDog 11 years, 4 months ago

If the election was about more signs up ..... I would guess that Governor Sebelius is behind in the gubernatorial race. And we all know that isn't real likely.

not_dolph 11 years, 4 months ago

Posted by saudipoo (anonymous) on October 31, 2006 at 12:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If you take a drive through SE Kansas you will see the support for Boyda is more than just Western Lawrence. Go Boyda!

Apparently you are not familiar with the long history of SE Kansas politics...

oldgoof 11 years, 4 months ago

ksmoderate is correct. I also keep hearing the Otto race (incumbent conservative R) could be an upset.

ksmoderate 11 years, 4 months ago

Yes, it appears that Otto will be ousted this year, giving the democrats the 9th KS dist. representative seat for the first time since 1914!

WilburM 11 years, 4 months ago

Charlie Cook -- an indepedent analyst - has moved the Ryun-Boyda race to a toss-up, and Bush's presence provides support for the idea that it is just that.

In the end, it's a referendum on Bush, and Ryun is a foot soldier; Bush's visit makes that all the more apparent. Not clear to me that it will help Ryun.

yourworstnightmare 11 years, 4 months ago

I've heard of turd-polishing, but never with another turd.

Welcome, GWB. Come campaign for your man Ryun.

ksmoderate 11 years, 4 months ago

Yes, it is nice to see more Boyda signs here in SE Kansas this time around!

It's also interesting that almost every yard that has a Ryun sign also has Kline, Barnett, and Otto signs in a little cluster. There are still tons and tons of "broken glass" republicans down here.

I think it's in the water.....literally. In our town, the EPA is busy replacing sod around schools, homes, and businesses because of unsafe lead content. I'm sure the shallow gene pools don't help either!!!!

cutny 11 years, 4 months ago

Yeah, Bushie, by all means, show your face in Topeka. Boyda is probably hoping you will.

Cait McKnelly 11 years, 4 months ago

I'm not sure that having Bush come to campaign for him will help him or hurt him. Shrub's numbers have been so low in the polls lately a lot of candidates are steering clear of him and don't want to be associated with him. The very fact that Ryun IS a "foot soldier" for Bush (as one earlier poster put it) may very well be what costs him the election.

dacs23 11 years, 4 months ago

$529,000,.... $893,000..a million here a million there

what a waste of money. I would be curious as to how much the media racks in nation wide from political ads.

Steve Jacob 11 years, 4 months ago

Have you noticed no senators want to be seen with Bush? Bush is popular with small pockets of people, that can be reached in small districts.

I might want to add in the Bush midwest, crime is up 10%+ in a year. Probally due to the loss of jobs in the factories.

Why states with heavy factory workers, like Penn, Ohio, and maybe Missouri are going to lose incumbent republicans senators.

It's not all about the war. The blue collar workers are hurt ALOT in the six years that Bush is in office.

Richard Heckler 11 years, 4 months ago

So he's coming to Kansas. Guess things aren't going so well in Missouri and Tennessee.

Maybe some member of the press can question the republicans on this Bush lie.

Has the president actually lied to the public about Social Security?

Yes. President Bush has repeatedly said that those who put their money in private accounts are "guaranteed" a better return than they'll receive from the current Social Security system. But every sale of stock on the stock market includes the disclaimer: "the return on this investment is not guaranteed and may be negative"--for good reason. During the 20th century, there were several periods lasting more than 10 years where the return on stocks was negative. After the Dow Jones stock index went down by over 75% between 1929 and 1933, the Dow did not return to its 1929 level until 1953. In claiming that the rate of return on a stock investment is guaranteed to be greater than the return on any other asset, Bush is lying. If an investment-firm broker made this claim to his clients, he would be arrested and charged with stock fraud. Michael Milken went to jail for several years for making just this type of promise about financial investments.

In fact, under the most likely version of the Bush privatization proposal, a 20-year old worker joining the labor force today would see her guaranteed Social Security benefits reduced by 46%. Bush's own Social Security commission admitted that private accounts are unlikely to make up for this drop in guaranteed benefits. The brokerage firm Goldman Sachs estimates that even with private accounts, retirement income of younger workers would be reduced by 42% compared to what they would receive if no changes are made to Social Security.

President Bush also misrepresents the truth when he claims that Social Security trustees say the system will be "bankrupt" in 2042. Bankruptcy is defined as "the inability to pay ones debts" or, when applied to a business, "shutting down as a result of insolvency." Nothing the trustees have said or published indicates that Social Security will fold as a result of insolvency.

Until 1984, the trust fund was "pay-as-you-go," meaning current benefits were paid using current tax revenues. In 1984, Congress raised payroll taxes to prepare for the retirement of the baby boom generation. As a result, the Social Security trust fund, which holds government bonds as assets, has been growing. When the baby boomers retire, these bonds will be sold to help pay their retirement benefits.

complete facts:

Scott Tichenor 11 years, 4 months ago

I can think of no better gift Ryun can give the Boyda campaign that bringing one of the most unpopular and polarizing presidents in modern history to Kansas.

Bush, he's a uniter, not a divider.

So, where is bin Laden?

Mary Sucha 11 years, 4 months ago

So Bush is coming to Kansas' 2nd to help Ryun. Last week Ryun said he was up 17 points, now it's so close Bush is coming to "save" his campaign. How much longer will Kansans support this liar.

Kontum1972 11 years, 4 months ago

everytime they stick the remains of someones loved one in the ground his chances become favorite comment by him last week....Al Queida wasnt in Iraq when we went in....!

btw kerry and bush are both idiots..ones a joke and the other cant tell one...

obtw ..right thinker what branch of the service did u serve in...?

Commenting has been disabled for this item.