Appearing as a guest August 28 on 1310 KFKA's The Amy Oliver Show, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Schaffer said that he thinks U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and "others who are leading the Senate right now" are "effectively accomplishing ... a deliberate loss and a surrender in Iraq for the sake of their political advantage at election time in 2008" and are "hoping America loses" the war. Following Schaffer's comment, host Amy Oliver -- who also is director of operations for the free-market Independence Institute -- stated, "[T]hat just makes my blood boil."
Referring to Reid, Oliver said earlier in the broadcast, "Unfortunately ... you've got a Senate president who seems to think he is Commander in Chief," to which Schaffer replied, "Well you do, and that's unfortunate."
From the April 28 broadcast of 1310 KFKA's The Amy Oliver Show:
OLIVER: I'm going to continue my conversation with former Colorado congressman, serving the Fourth congressional district, Bob Schaffer. He currently sits on the [Colorado] State Board [of Education], representing that same district, and of course, he is seeking the Republican nomination to challenge what will look, what looks like it will be Mark Udall for the U.S. Senate. I think it'll be a competitive race. Bob, let me, let me go through a series of issues and just get your stance on them. War on Terror and Iraq.
OLIVER: Unfortunately, you've got a, you've got a Senate, you've got a Senate president who seems to think he is Commander in Chief.
SCHAFFER: Well you do, and that's unfortunate.
OLIVER: Yeah, yeah, I mean --
SCHAFFER: And for me, you know, I definitely have opinions about what ought to be occurring in Iraq and I, and I learn more every day. I'm not hard and fast in what I know, 'cause I don't know everything about it. I benefit a lot from talking with our, with soldiers in Colorado who've come back from theater, and they have -- and they have an awful lot to say, and once you can get them out of their uniform and away from their immediate commanding officer, sometimes they're, they're quite helpful with their particular viewpoints and insights about what ought to be occurring there, and I really enjoy meeting and visiting and learning from people just like that and, so I'm going to take my time doing it. But the point being is that this is difficult in the context of a senatorial race because I, I think the Senate has an awful lot to say and ought to be exercising its authority as the Constitution places it in the Congress, but at the same time, for the sake of political advantage I think it's foolish to behave the way you see people like Harry Reid and other, others who are leading the Senate right now, that I think are trying to, at the end, the analysis of their achievement and what they are effectively accomplishing is a deliberate loss and a surrender in Iraq for the sake of their political advantage at election time in 2008. I think they're hoping America loses.
OLIVER: Oh, see, and I just -- that just makes my blood boil.