Senator Barack Obama’s attempts yesterday to scold Senator Charles Grassley were smacked down today by Senator Grassley’s press secretary. who urged him to take a government class. Senator Obama, in a campaign stop in Iowa, urged Senator Grassley’s constituents to pressure him to vote to override President Bush’s upcoming veto of the troop funding bill:
INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama stepped up his pressure on Republican Sen. Charles Grassley on Thursday, arguing that voters should urge the Iowa lawmaker to support efforts to override President Bush’s veto of a bill that would set a timetable for withdrawing troops from Iraq.
Obama addressed the issue as he opened his eighth campaign swing through Iowa since he declared his candidacy for president.
“It isn’t personal,” Obama told about 300 people at a town hall meeting at Simpson College. “I respect him greatly. But I said then and I say now that he needs to hear from you and people across Iowa who understand that it’s time to change course.”
Today, Senator Grassley’s press secretary, Beth Levine, issued the following response:
“Sen. Obama’s comments yesterday renew the questions about his readiness. Overriding President Bush’s veto of a timetable for withdrawing troops from Iraq would have to take place first in the House of Representatives because that’s the chamber of Congress from which the legislation originated. It’s been demonstrated that the votes aren’t there to override that veto, despite the fact that the House is controlled by Speaker Pelosi and the Democratic Party. So, there isn’t an opportunity for a veto override in the Senate in this case and, as a result, there’s no way that Sen. Grassley holds a key vote. Sen. Obama might want to sign up for American Government 101 to learn about the veto process. Or, he could learn the job he has in the U.S. Senate before thinking he ought to be President.”
Ouch! That’s gotta hurt.