INDEPENDENCE, IA – Ben Lange, a rising conservative candidate in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District, recently responded to his Primary opponent’s statement made yesterday to the Quad City Times that the Afghanistan War was unconstitutional:
In the aftermath of 9/11, the deadliest series of attacks on our homeland in modern American history, the American people and the United States Congress responded appropriately and lawfully in the immediate aftermath of the attacks by passing the Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) by a vote of 420 to 1.
The AUMF, passed by both Houses of Congress and signed by the President, provided our Commander in Chief with the authority “to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.”
Unfortunately, I learned this morning that my Primary opponent has called the activities of American troops in Afghanistan “unconstitutional.” Voting on the issue of armed conflict is one of our representatives’ most serious and solemn obligations. War is a terrible thing and should occur only as a last resort. But if the circumstances demand it, as they did in the run-up to the Afghanistan War, I pledge to take all actions necessary to protect my constituents and their children within the bounds set forth in the Constitution.
My opponent, by calling the Afghanistan War unconstitutional, has taken yet another position that appears more closely aligned with liberal Democrats and Code Pink than conservative Republicans and true constitutionalists. Even Congressman Ron Paul, who my opponent has held up as the torchbearer of constitutional principles, voted in favor of the AUMF.
I believe my opponent’s most recent statement provides Republican primary voters with another clear contrast between our two campaigns and I’ll let voters decide which candidate and which set of ideas they prefer.
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