October 20th, 2010
11:20 AM ET

For one Democrat, war still a key issue

Democrat Tommy Sowers is an underdog in his election fight against seven-term Rep. Jo Ann Emerson in Missouri's 8th Congressional District, a sprawling, heavily-Republican territory in the southern part of the state.

He's also a veteran of Green Berets, and in a time when questions about jobs and the economy are consuming the political dialogue, Sowers is calling for an end to the conflict in Afghanistan and making the war a central plank of his campaign.

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  1. sam

    "because home is worth fighting for".

    Nice slogan. I wonder if Taliban are using it too.

    Also Afghanistan is not home for US forces. USA is home.

    October 25, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      We are better off fighting Them there than Here!!!

      October 25, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tyrone

    WHAT MAKES YOU A LEFT OR RIGHT GOVENMENT

    If you pay taxes to the government and the government then give you social programs like Healthcare Medicare Welfare and better schools and fight for equal rights. YOU ARE TO THE LEFT! If you pay taxes to the government and the government then want to start wars that they don't pay for. Wants to turn Healthcare over to Wall Street attack and blame and laid off teachers fire police officer and firemen and women! YOU ARE TO THE RIGHT! If you believe in equal right for all American! YOU ARE TO THE LEFT! If you are against women "right to choose" and against gay marriage against legalizing weed! YOU ARE TO THE RIGHT! Today right wing conservative Republican Tea Party people are against the rebuilding re-tooling of America under President Obama! They want their country back they want government to stay out of social security! YOU ARE TO THE LEFT! Today left wing liberal Democrat want to stabilize the country putting the power in the people hand! Too close to corporate America too close of oversea businesses! YOU ARE TO THE RIGHT! Not telling the American people your achievement under President Obama! YOU ARE TO THE LEFT! Passing a 350 billion dollar stimulus package and not explaining where or what you did with the money! YOU ARE TO THE RIGHT! What is so wrong with left right consevative liberal Republican Democrat! You the American citizen are asked to be on the side of one of the two! AGAIN.....If you pay taxes to the government and the government then give you social programs like Healthcare Medicare Welfare and better schools and fight for equal rights. YOU ARE TO THE LEFT! If you pay taxes to the government and the government then want to start wars that they don't pay for. Wants to turn Healthcare over to Wall Street attack and blame and laid off teachers fire police officer and firemen and women! YOU ARE TO THE RIGHT!

    October 25, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      I rather be are the right side with the People on the Far left!!! The others are a bunch of nut cases!!!

      October 25, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. USMC Forever

    Tom Sowers is exactly what this country needs,not like all these pathetic right-wing jerks who want to keep things the way they are now! I'm sick and tired of all these politicians and their BS!!! And especially their devotion to the MIC!

    October 25, 2010 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. James Cook

    He is the real deal. His support is widespread and growing. he has my vote.

    October 22, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      If Your talking about a Democrat You are right... If Your talking about one of the Tea Party You are crazy!!!

      October 23, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Good post,James. I'm with you.

      October 25, 2010 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. LarryKegel(US Army)

    If You vote Democrat You would just be doing that!!!

    October 21, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. LarryKegel(US Army)

    If Jesus words were so good!!! Why is there so Many of His People in prison breaking His word??? The World would be better off living by GODS 10 Commandments!!!

    October 21, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      If the right-wing thugs in Washington were to believe that Larry,we wouldn't be fighting these two obnoxious wars today! One Commandment says "thou shalt not kill" while another says "thou shalt not steal".

      October 22, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      We can't follow the Ten Commandments, it's not convienent and there would be a lot of Lawyers and Politicians out of work.

      October 23, 2010 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Why don't They put in English below so That People knows what She is singing about??? I sure love to watch Her dance though!!!

    October 21, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Achmed,will you kindly tell us how much you were paid to post that? I guess that the right-wing thugs in Washington just don't want us to know!

      October 25, 2010 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. ogre12

    hmmm...green beret...hmmm running for political office...hmmm smells like a not so "quiet professional". Sounds like a wannabe politician trying to capitalize on this particular form of service to our nation. Keep this idiot out of any elected office because I have a strong feeling he is a poser (I have a little experience in this supposed background of his).

    October 21, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Bye guy have a nice time in hell and tell luci baby that I miss him but show no mercy!

    October 21, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    And when Islam says in it's holy book that Isaiah 43 was prophecy about the birth of Muhammad when in fact Muhammad used it for his own self righteousness is this not a sin against God and his written word? Isaiah also made a prophecy about Jesus' crucification in chapter 53, do you call this truth spinning also?

    October 21, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Could that be because the Torah is the only word of GOD!!!

      October 21, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. atal

    I retract that. What have you injected today?

    October 21, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    What prophecy did your prophet Mohamed tell that came to pass? And why is he admonished so much by Muslims?

    October 20, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Well you read it wrong and misrepresented it by saying Jesus never proclaimed Himself as being the Messiah or trying to put in that he was somehow transformed into Judas and did not die on the cross! I will tell you about the prophecy Jesus said about the end times which are happening right now. He said that we will be first go through labor pains as He called them before the end and these will be the signs, wars, talk of wars, earthquakes, floods, famine, brothers and sisters fighting against one another, child against parent and parent against child and changing of weather in different parts of the world. All these things are happening with abundance! Oh yea let's not forget about the anti-Christ which is what your truth of 360 degrees is when you hand out punishment according to sharia law! Now please tell me some of Mohamed's prophecies or did he not have any? Oh I get it his prophecies are against the teachings of Jesus huh? And you should know by now that His teachings had nothing to do with sharia law as I told you He once saved a women from being stoned to death for committing adultery by telling the crowd that was about to stone her that the person without sin cast the first stone and they all walked away and He told the woman that He held nothing against her and that she could leave.

      October 20, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      You are wasting your time, he won't bother to attempt to answer any of the questions I posted on the other blog becuase it proves he is wrong. check out bible.ca/islam/islam-questions.htm just put thewww dot in front (I would do it here but CNN won't post this until sometime next week becuase they suck). On that web page you will find dozens of Islam religeon lies.

      October 21, 2010 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      To the Prophet Mohammed, I read that web site and it says it all about Islam and how it came about. If only they could be a more peaceful people maybe God will forgive them But I do not know. He says if you sin against the Holy Spirit it will not be forgiven!

      October 21, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      What do you have to say about your prophet Muhammad's joining in on pagan ceremony's? Or the word Allah coming from a pagan god? Read the website and deny all the facts about how Islam has used some of the Bible as it's own truth and denying it to be that of prophecy for the coming of Jesus! Like I said God does not forgive those who sin against Him!

      October 21, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      I did not say way after Jesus! I said at the beginning of the Church which began right after His resurrection!

      October 21, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      How was man made by God, the Koran contradicts itself and says three different ways which is right?

      October 21, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      After his resurrection he accompanied the twelve disciples, Mathias was chosen to fill Judas' position, for forty days and this is when the first Christians began the only religion that allows all men to be saved and all it takes is faith in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! No law required just forgiveness and repentance! AND the Koran states in three different places that Allah made man by 1) a clot of blood, 2) a piece of clay and 3) water. Which one is correct?

      October 21, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      IN Koran by clot of blood 96:1,by clay 6:2(also 7:12), by water 25:54!

      October 21, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      @ Dan, You see, my Prophecy was fulfilled. BTW the only sin that is not forgivable is Denial of the Holy Ghost- Maybe I am wrong but I interpret that to "actively try to influence others away from God, not so much as denial in your own heart but to try to steer others away", no matter what church or name you call God. It is in the Bible. Therefore, all other sins can be forgiven whether in Heaven or Earth, maybe through Baptism, repenting, whatever. I don't profess to be an expert and honesty I don't care what religeon someone chooses, they are all wrong in my book becuase they are all businesses more so than they are churches these days. Going to church every week does not make someone a good person not does making donations to a televangelist, no matter how much you donate, religeon begins in the heart and is expressed through more than just words, it is expressed through deeds.
      Alright, enough of my words of Wisdom, I have people to irritate on these blogs. Thanks for listening.

      October 23, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  13. atal

    Mind your own business it is for Afghans to decide their future not gutter cleaners like yourself.

    October 20, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    If we were to leave Afghanistan now there would most likely be a civil war between the Taliban along with it's allies of terrorist networks and the Afghan security forces. I do not think the ASF is capable of defeating the Taliban and their terrorist allies and in any case the terrorists would probably win over an area in Afghanistan(probably in Kandahar or eastern mountainous region)where they would have safe haven to train and plan attacks against the western world!

    October 20, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      I strongly disagree. Tommy Sowers is right. We do need to vacate Afghanistan and just ignore the right-wing politicians who use this obscene war to their political ends.

      October 20, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • American Soldier

        Well said,Onesmallvoice. Tommy Sowers has the right idea. We need to vote these right-wing fanatics out of office and take our country back from the MIC(military-industrial-complex) and how!!!

        October 21, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        We will when the Commanders in the Field say not when You say!!! They have more experience than You do...

        October 21, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Why do You think We are training more of Their Military and Police to fight Them??? By the end of Next Year They will be able to control Them!!!

      October 21, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gary Johndro

        I'm with you,YABBA-DABBA-DOO!!!

        October 22, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. George Patton

    I agree with Dan totally. The Rupublican Rep.Jo Ann Emerson is the exact symbol of what's wrong with America but I'm afraid that she's going to win,unfortunately. The people need to wise up bigtime!

    October 20, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      GOD forgive She should ever win... Because This Country would really go down the drain!!! It is bad enough what The Republicans want to do today... We can't afford to Have Crazy like that in office!!!

      October 21, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    I'm with you,Tommy Sowers. If I lived in your district,you'd have my vote!

    October 20, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • USMC Forever

      Dan – you can't vote for him because you are really just a detainee at Gitmo abusing your internet privileges and are too busy eating Harold and Kumar sandwiches.

      October 20, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • USMC Forever

        Sorry Dan,I didn't post the above. Some jerk is trying to make me look dumb. I totally agree with you.

        October 25, 2010 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |