Tuesday, August 21, 2007
(From Al Franken)
When I was in the third grade, President Eisenhower traveled around the world on a goodwill tour. He went to Italy, Turkey, Afghanistan, even Iran - and everywhere he went, hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets waving American flags.
This week, President Bush is coming to Minnesota. But there won't be any cheering, because he won't be appearing in public. He won't be speaking to middle-class families who can't afford to send their kids to college. He won't be meeting with sugar beet farmers whose livelihoods are threatened by CAFTA. And you can bet he's steering clear of any Minnesotans who want him to finally face up to the mistakes he's made in Iraq.
No, George W. Bush is here to raise money for Senator Norm Coleman at a private party in Eden Prairie - and you're probably not invited. It costs at least $1,000 to attend, and if you want to be a "host," it'll run you nearly $15,000. In 2005, Bush came to town for Mark Kennedy and raised almost a million bucks in one night.
Norm Coleman thinks that, by next November, we'll all forget that he brought George W. Bush to town to raise money for him behind closed doors.
But we won't forget that Norm Coleman has voted in lockstep with this administration. We won't forget that Norm Coleman has been a cheerleader for George W. Bush's war in Iraq. And we won't forget that even now, he's choosing to literally stand with the President - if only when he thinks no one's looking.
I need you to help me take on the right-wing money machine. You might not have $1,000 lying around, let alone $15,000. But if you have $100, or $50, or even $20, you can help.
CLICK HERE TO HELP ME TAKE ON THE RIGHT-WING MONEY MACHINE!
Last quarter, we out-raised Norm Coleman, even though our average donation was just $65. And so far, we've had over 45,000 people contribute to our campaign for change.
They may have the money, but we have the people. And I firmly believe that our people power is strong enough to stand up to the big money Norm Coleman will be raising at his private event with the President.
George W. Bush is no Dwight Eisenhower. But he'll be gone in 2009, replaced by a Democrat. And with your help, Norm Coleman will be, too.
Click on the video to watch my message and then please chip in whatever you can to help prove that when we work together, we can beat the right-wing money machine.