Senate Candidate Buckey Responds to Republican Attacks

Lebanon, NH – ”John Sununu voted for the Iraq resolution and, back in 2003, when showing leadership on Iraq would have made an importance difference, John Sununu didn’t step forward,” said US Senate candidate Jay Buckey.

The facts and his record don’t support the notion that Sununu would provide real leadership now,” said Buckey. “As citizens, we want our senators to look at the facts, assess them critically, and make good decisions. We don’t need them to follow the president uncritically, as John Sununu has done on Iraq.”

The attacks the Republican Party is leveling highlight the problems we are having with our political system and show why Republican leadership has been ineffective,” said Buckey, responding to a misleading press release issued yesterday by the New Hampshire Republican Party.

The attacks are meant to be divisive. But at the end of the day, we are all Americans and have to work though these problems together. We all have a stake in the outcome in Iraq.”

On the campaign trail, Buckey has been articulating the connection between US military action in Iraq and access to oil, explaining that it is part of a long-standing US policy, dating back to the Carter Doctrine of 1980, to defend US access to the Persian Gulf by force, if necessary.

General Petraeus is a patriot, but his report doesn’t address the underlying issue. We can no longer afford to focus only on tactical approaches to ending the war in Iraq. We must address the strategic context, which is our nation’s dependence on oil. We must take action immediately to move away from oil and toward clean, renewable alternative energy sources. It’s a vital national security interest – and a vital economic interest.”

Biographical Information

Jay Buckey, M.D. is a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from New Hampshire. He flew as a payload specialist astronaut on the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1998, and he also served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve for eight years. He is currently a professor of medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. He and his family live in Hanover, NH.