Campaign 2010

Jul 14, 2008

KELLER FLIP-FLOP #1: Ric Keller Was Against the Surge, Before He Was For It

In the spirit of flip-flop season the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will release one Ric Keller Flip-Flop every day this week.  In November, Ric Keller will have to answer for his flip flopping record to Central Florida's voters. 

There have been over 4,100 U.S. casualties in the Iraq War and it has cost the taxpayers of Florida's 8th District more than $1.5 billion.  Yet, after Ric Keller initially stood up for the concerns of his constituents and voted against the surge, he immediately fell back into line, approving President Bush's failed policies in Iraq.

"Floridians and our troops deserve better than Representative Ric Keller's political pandering on Iraq," said Kyra Jennings, a spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "Representative Keller's flip-flop on something as serious as our troops lives was a failure of judgment that his constituents will hold him accountable for."  

FLIP - Keller Voted Against the Surge

  • Keller voted for a resolution criticizing the troop surge [H Con Res 63, #99, 2/16/07]
  • From Keller's floor statement: "Interjecting more young American troops into the cross-hairs of an Iraqi civil war is simply not the right approach. We are not going to solve an Iraqi political problem with an American military solution. And that's my best judgment." [Congressional Record, Page H1571-H1614, 2/14/07]

FLOP - Keller Supports President Bush's Failed Iraq Policies:

  • Keller voted against the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act (HR 2956) requiring the responsible redeployment of American troops from Iraq to begin within 120 days and to end by April 1, 2008 [H.R. 2956, Roll no. 624, 7/12/07]
  • Keller says the surge must continue: "At the time [in February], I felt more troops on the ground would not result in an Iraqi solution. Unfortunately that was accurate," Keller said. But he said he now thinks that if the U.S. leaves too soon, "Iran would exert its evil influence over a shaky Iraq government." [Hearings sway Keller on troop buildup, Orlando Sentinel, 9/12/07]