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Phyllis Busansky Rolls out her War Path: Calls for Rumsfeld to be fired & Campaigns with former Senator Max Cleland



She may not have a primary coming up, but Phyllis Busansky, the uncontested Democratic candidate for the District 9 Congressional seat, is already staking out her ground on military policy. Former Georgia Senator Max Cleland will be in Tampa Bay to stump for Busansky this weekend.

Echoing positions laid out by Senator Joe Biden, D-Delaware, in a Washington Post op-ed piece this week, Busansky calls for a "three-state solution in Iraq."  The plan would create a government in Baghdad to manage border security and collection of oil revenues and to serve as an umbrella for separate self-governing regions. She argues that this strategy would "allow us to strategically redeploy our troops -- thus avoiding civil war [and] begin bringing our troops home..."

Other positions Busansky advocates: a Congressional commission to stop "war profiteering " and to punish U.S. contractors guilty of offenses, an increase in military funding to provide all soldiers with body and vehicle armor, and raises in “imminent danger pay” and family separation allowances for troops stationed in Iraq.

Finally, Busansky -- never one to mince words -- says: "Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld should be fired."  (Busansky's complete statement is here)

Cleland and Busansky will be making two stops on Sunday. At 12:30 p.m., they will be at a free veterans rally in Pasco County (Ramada Inn Bayside, New Port Richey), followed at 3 p.m. by a $100-$500/head fundraiser in Pinellas County (Bella Brava in St. Petersburg).

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:15pm]


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