What is he Thinking and Where is Bobby?
In a stunning announcement today, advisors to Senator Barack Obama said that Osama Bin Laden should be given access to U.S. courts if captured. Rep. Jay Love (R-Montgomery) said that this announcement is just further proof that Barack Obama is wrong for the nation and wrong for Alabama. He further called on Bobby Bright to condemn his party's presidential nominee.
"Today's announcement is stunning. I don't understand how anybody who watched the attacks of September 11 can feel that Osama Bin Laden deserves a day in one of our civilian courts," Love stated. "Statements like this show that Obama is wrong for America. At the same time, Bobby Bright is wrong for Alabama. He has consistently refused to tell the voters in the 2nd District that he opposes Barack Obama and decisions such as this. It's time for him to take a stand on behalf of the Alabamians he hopes to represent and condemn Barack Obama."
In an interview on behalf of Obama's campaign, Senator John Kerry and former White House counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke said that Bin Laden should be given access to U.S. civilian courts rather than military courts. Many Republicans, including John McCain and Love, believe that terrorism suspects should not be treated as mere lawbreakers but rather as a clear and present threat to the safety and security of the nation.
Love continued, "Democrats have proven time and time again that they don't understand what it takes to protect our nation from terrorism. This is just another example. To offer the protections of our democracy to those who seek to destroy it makes no sense whatsoever. It's for this reason that I support and stand behind John McCain. He knows how to protect this nation and has the backbone to do it."
In his race for the Republican nomination, Love has consistently called on Bright to tell voters where he stands in regard to Barack Obama's presidential campaign. While claiming to be a conservative Democrat, Bright has accepted campaign contributions from some of Congress' most liberal Members, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Charles Rangel. When he cast his ballot in the Democrat primary on June 3, he also agreed to the following pledge on the ballot itself:
"By casting this ballot, I do pledge myself to abide by the result of this Primary Election and to aid and support all the Nominees thereof in the ensuing General Election."