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Steven Sauerberg on Homeland Security

Republican Challenger


Apologized for saying Guantanamo is like gulag

Sauerberg accused Durbin of comparing U.S. troops to Nazis, saying many Illinois veterans are angry with Durbin. Sauerberg was referring to a comment Durbin made in 2005 saying prisoners at Guantanamo Bay were receiving treatment that sounded like something "done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags or some mad regime." The comment made no reference to U.S. troops.

Durbin said Monday night that he was among the first senators to call attention to treatment at Guantanamo, though he wound up apologizing for "some words" he used. "They weren't used in reference to any soldiers, doctor," Durbin said to Sauerberg. "They were in reference to whoever was involved in what the FBI agents found at Guantanamo."

Source: 2008 Illinois Senate Debate reported in Chicago Sun Times Oct 7, 2008

Ultraliberals hate America; focus on patriotism

Steve Sauerberg said Illinois voters should question the patriotism of Dick Durbin. On his website, Sauerberg noted Durbin's opposition to a constitutional amendment to ban flag burning and said the nation's founders never included one "because they neve had to deal with ultraliberal Americans who hate their own country." Asked whether he was referring to Durbin, Sauerberg said, "I think he's an ultraliberal. Whether he hates his own country, I cannot determine for the gentleman." Sauerberg said voters "wonder a lot" about Durbin's patriotism.

Sauerberg lashed out at a June 2005 speech in which Durbin said American treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay could be likened to the "Nazis, Soviets in their gulags." Durbin apologized for his remarks, but Sauerberg called Durbin's apology "weak."

"I'm not sure what Sen. Durbin thought he was doing here," he said. "I don't know if he hates his country. I know they were terrible remarks that have hurt the people of this nation."

Source: By Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune Jul 18, 2008

Stay on offense against the terrorists

Stay on offense against the terrorists who want to destroy our way of life. Terrorists have declared war on us. We must vigorously oppose all regimes that harbor terrorists and fight terrorists abroad so we don't have to do so here at home.
Source: Campaign website, www.sauerbergforussenate.com, "Stands" May 21, 2008

Support military spending and increase intelligence funding

Support military spending and increase funding for covert intelligence gathering operations. To prevent terrorist attacks against us, we must properly fund our military and spy agencies so they can gather the information we need to keep us safe and secure.
Source: Campaign website, www.sauerbergforussenate.com, "Stands" May 21, 2008

Keep Weapons of Mass Destruction out of terrorists' hands

Keep Weapons of Mass Destruction Out of Terrorists' Hands. Iran must not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons and we must ensure that terrorists do not gain access to Pakistan's nuclear weapons.
Source: Campaign website, www.sauerbergforussenate.com, "Stands" May 21, 2008

Fight for the benefits our brave soldiers deserve

Our veterans and active duty military personnel deserve top quality healthcare and increased funding for their education when they return home.
Source: Campaign website, www.sauerbergforussenate.com, "Stands" May 21, 2008

Increase the amount of education funding veterans receive

Increase the amount of education funding veterans receive when they return home.
Source: Campaign website, www.sauerbergforussenate.com, "Stands" May 21, 2008

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Rod Blagojevich
IL Senatorial:
Barack Obama
Kathy Cummings
Larry Stafford
Richard Durbin


2008 Senate retirements:

Wayne Allard(R,CO)
Larry Craig(R,ID)
Pete Domenici(R,NM)
Chuck Hagel(R,NE)
Trent Lott(R,MS)
Craig Thomas(R,WY)
John Warner(R,VA)

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Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
State:Hillary Clinton
HHS:Tom Daschle
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DOC:Bill Richardson
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MS6:Cochran
MT:Baucus
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NE:*Johanns
NH:*Shaheen over Sununu
NJ:Lautenberg
NM:*Udall
OK:Inhofe
OR:*Merkley over Smith
RI:Reed
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SD:Johnson
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