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Foster, Oberweis Argue Iraq

By Kevin Robinson in News on Feb 13, 2008 4:20PM

With the Democratic primary election in the 14th Congressional District all but settled, Bill Foster and Jim Oberweis are duking it out over Iraq. Oberweis is accusing Foster of politicizing the Iraq War in his bid to take the seat that Dennis Hastert vacated by retiring. Foster says he won't support any policies that don't "change the course in Iraq and do it now."

Oberweis's campaign says that view is out of touch with voters in the 14th Congressional District. "Bill Foster wants to cut off funding for our troops right now. He wants to withdraw from Iraq right now," Oberweis campaign spokesman Bill Pascoe told the Daily Herald. That "puts Foster out of touch with the residents of the 14th District, who strongly support our troops, and believe they should be withdrawn gradually," Pascoe said. Pascoe may be right in his assessment, according to an Associated Press article that cites economic worries as the bigger issue for Illinois voters. With less than four weeks until the special election in the 14th, we'll see if this issue gains Foster any traction in the race.