Lantos to speak for Dems on Iraq this weekend

Perhaps recapping some of his opening statement from Monday’s Petraeus hearing, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Lantos, D-San Mateo, will deliver the Democrats’ nationwide weekly radio address this weekend. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, asked him Wednesday to speak to the nation about Iraq on Democrats’ behalf this Saturday, two days after President Bush is scheduled to discuss the war. The weekly address is distributed by ABC Radio to its affiliates — in the Bay Area, KGO-AM/810 and KSFO-AM/560 — and to others for their use in whole or in part; it’ll be available in its entirety on C-SPAN radio and on the Democratic Party’s Web site. And there’ll be a transcript right here on this blog, as soon as it airs.

Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo, who chairs the House Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee, gave the Democratic Radio Address on Aug. 11, discussing her H.R. 3159, which would require longer rest periods for troops between Iraq deployments. It passed the House on Aug. 2 with a 229-194 vote, but it appears to have stalled out in the Senate and the White House has threatened to veto it. You can read a transcript or hear her speech here.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.