"House Republicans will continue to do what is right to protect American families and prevent a tragedy like September 11th from occurring ever again," House Speaker Dennis Hastert is expected to say in a press release to be issued later today. According to excerpts obtained by ABC News, Hastert then cites Democratic opposition to border security, REAL ID, the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, and the renewal of the Patriot Act as evidence that the Democratic Party is not the party of real security.
Sen. John Cornyn's (R-TX) pre-buttal: LINK
Democrats are expected to call for spending more on: (1) Special Operations forces, (2) interdicting terrorist financing, (3) promoting economic development in the Middle East and South Asia, (4) screening containers at ports, (5) securing nuclear and chemical plants, and (6) training emergency health workers.
Democrats will also call for (1) strengthening the office of National Intelligence Director, and (2) investigating accusations of detainee abuse and torture
On the contentious issue of Iraq, Democrats will call for making sure 2006 is "a year of significant transition to full Iraq sovereignty, with the Iraqis assuming primary responsibility for securing and governing their country and with the responsible redeployment of US forces."
But beyond the vague reference to "responsible redeployment," the Democrats will avoid saying when all US forces should be out of Iraq.
Joining Sen. Reid and Rep. Pelosi at today's event will be Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Gen. Wesley Clark, and many other House and Senate Democrats.
Today's security rollout is the Democrats' second major policy rollout. The first installment, "Honest Leadership," was presented in January. Today's event will be dubbed "Real Security." Three more agenda rollouts are planned before November: "Economic and Retirement Security," "Affordable Health Care for All," and "Educational Excellence."
In a memo sent to Senate Democratic offices yesterday, the Senate Democratic Communications Center (SDCC) acknowledges that national defense has not been a Democratic strong suit.
"For years," writes the SDCC, "Democrats have led Republicans on all the major indicators of national policy -- except national defense. That remains true this year -- Democrats are leading on everything from honest leadership to the economy, health care, education and retirement security. And, we have closed the gap on national security."
The SDCC argues that by marshalling "the same party unity that defeated President Bush's Social Security privatization scheme, defeated the nuclear option, forced a real investigation into intelligence manipulation and brought ethics reform to the Senate floor," Democrats can "successfully remove this sole remaining support for Republicans and at the same time offer a new direction to better protect the American people."
In a Monday prebuttal of today's "real security" roll out, the RNC attacked the Democrats' "real security" rollout as being "full of Dem hypocrisy."
The New York Times preview: LINK
Bolten succeeds Card:
For the most part, coverage of Josh Bolten's ascension as White House chief of staff has been fairly restrained.
Mary Matalin made the morning show rounds.