Press Release

Released: March 31, 2008

Once again, the Senator shows how out of touch he is

BURLINGTON, VT -- Democracy for America, our nation's largest progressive political action organization, endorsed Andrew Rice's campaign to represent Oklahoma in the United States Senate and Sen. James Inhofe is scared. Less than 24-hours after DFA sent a message to its 675,000 members on behalf of Andrew Rice, Sen. Inhofe's campaign sent out a fundraising email that shows just how little he understands about the growing culture of activism that is changing the political landscape in Oklahoma and across the country. Sen. James Inhofe is, once again, showing why he is unfit to serve and unworthy of another term.

In the email sent by Sen. Inhofe's campaign, he tries to hide his extremist views and instead lashes out at Democracy for America. Sen. Inhofe tries to claim he is a conservative, but the facts of his record are clear: he is a Republican extremist with beliefs that put him at odds with a majority of Oklahomans and Americans.

Sen. Inhofe claimed that Global Warming is "the second-largest hoax ever played on the American people, after the separation of church and state." He believes the Weather Channel is behind the hoax to attract viewers. And he's compared environmentalists to "Nazis" and the Environmental Protection Agency to the "Gestapo."

Sen. Inhofe was one of only nine senators to vote against banning torture on individuals in U.S. Government custody. In fact, during the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse investigation, he was "outraged by the outrage" over the revelations of abuse.

Anti-Equality, anti-choice, Sen. Inhofe is even anti-college loans. And in March 2002, he suggested that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were a form of divine retribution against the U.S. for failing to defend Israel.

"Sen. Inhofe is not a conservative, but just a mean, out-of-touch man with beliefs and opinions that are contradicted by reality, science, and plain old commonsense," said Daniel I. Medress, Communications Director of Democracy for America. "Andrew Rice offers Oklahomans something they do not get from Sen. Inhofe: a sane legislator with mainstream ideas and the energy to get the job done."

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