Majority Leader Boehner gets it exactly right. He should be on the cable nets tonigth saying exactly the same thing (provided he doesn’t bump me from H&C):
WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement today on the “security” agenda offered by Democrat leaders Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Harry Reid (D-NV):
“The Democrats’ years of negligence in addressing the real safety and security needs of the American people provide a very clear choice between Republicans and Democrats on security issues.
“While Democrats have openly advocated cutting and running from our efforts to support democracy in Iraq, Republicans continue to build upon our strong record on national security by funding our troops fighting terror around the world and supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
“While Democrats seem more interested in protecting the rights of terrorists than the American people, Republicans passed the PATRIOT Act to give law enforcement the tools necessary to combat terrorism, protect our citizens, and secure our communities.
“While Democrats focus more on protecting the rights of illegal immigrants than enforcing our immigration laws, Republicans have voted to secure our borders, give law enforcement new tools to enforce our immigration laws, and help prevent terrorist and criminal aliens from moving freely throughout our society.
“The Democrats, led by Nancy Pelosi, opposed the Patriot Act, opposed REAL ID legislation, and opposed efforts to strengthen and secure our borders. And they remain unable and unwilling to articulate a cohesive strategy for supporting our troops and winning the War on Terror.
“When it comes to national security, their answer is the same as it is for everything else: no. A media stunt will not eclipse their record of obfuscation and neglect on national and border security.”