With An 80% Approval Rating Uribe Battles Democrats For Support
Colombian President Uribe may have an 80% approval rating from his people…
But, he is having a hard time convincing US Democrats to help his country.
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (L) shakes hands with Colombian president Alvaro Uribe in Rionegro, Antioquia department, Colombia. Condoleezza Rice lunched with President Alvaro Uribe at his ranch Friday after meeting with 20 ex-paramilitary fighters to hear about their life stories.
Colombian President Uribe’s approval rating has climbed to 80%.
Aleksander Boyd at V-Crisis says it is because he has outchavezed Chavez from the very beginning. Chavez’s verbal attacks on Colombia and his links to FARC don’t help.
The MercoPresss reported:
Colombian president Alvaro Uribe has an 80% support, the highest since taking office back in 2002, according to the latest public opinion polls released this week. The previous poll in November showed Uribe with a 74% support and 14% negative response.
The disclosure of the latest polls comes at a crucial moment for President Uribe who is fighting for support from the US Congress for approval of a free trade agreement.
The Ivamer Gallup poll was taken between January 17 and 19 with a thousand phone interviews, in Colombia’s four main cities: Bogota, Medellin, Cali and Barranquilla.
President Uribe next Augut will be half way through his second four year mandate. He was reelected with 62.2% of valid votes.
But, now President Uribe must convince US Congressional Democrats to support Colombia.
This may be more difficult than his scrapes with Chavez and FARC.
Last fall Speaker Pelosi snubbed Colombian President Uribe when he came to Washington- even though she met with Syrian dictator Assad earlier in the year.
In late April 2007, the American Spectator wrote this about the destructive actions by Speaker Pelosi:
She has third parties (Far Left groups) who have encouraged her not to take the meeting,” says a leadership aide, who said a coalition of labor organizations and MoveOn.org had been pressuring her to not meet with Uribe. “We’ve never seen anything like it. It’s not like we’re talking about some family from San Francisco who stopped by her office unannounced. This is the president of a country.”
In Colombia, Uribe has been struggling against communist terrorist groups financed by Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, as well as leftist political pressure internally. All while attempting to work with the U.S. against narco-trafficking. “He’s a friend and an ally,” says a State Department source, who was unaware of Pelosi’s snub. “I’d be surprised that one of our national leaders would not meet with a strategic partner of the United States of America.”
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D) of Vermont, chairman of the subcommittee overseeing foreign funds, then froze $55 million in military aid to Colombia.
Democrats say they are withholding funds because 8 pro-Uribe lawmakers were put in jail on charges ranging from mere collusion with the paramilitaries to conspiracy to kidnap and murder. This gave democrats an excuse not to fund the Pro-US, Pro-Capitalist neighbor of Hugo’s Venezuela.
What the democrats won’t tell you is that it was “precisely because of the Uribe government’s successful negotiation with the paramilitaries – which lead to the demobilization of 31,000 fighters – that the truth of their influence is being revealed.” The Uribe government supports the paramilitary investigations that discovered the rotten politicians. the Uribe government even continues to fund the investigations!
President Uribe may have an 80% approval rating from his people but that may not persuade the corrupt Congressional democrats to support him and his people.
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