For those paying att…
For those paying attention to Internet spam E-mails rather than the news:

House Republicans sought to quash a persistent Internet rumor that President Bush wants to reinstate the draft if he is re-elected, engineering an overwhelming vote Tuesday killing legislation that would do just that.

Republicans accused Democrats of feeding the rumor mill to scare young voters and their parents into voting against Bush.

“This campaign is a baseless, malevolent concoction of the Democratic Party and everyone in this chamber knows it,” said House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas.

The House voted 402-2 to defeat the draft bill offered last year by Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.

Even he urged Democrats to vote against the bill, and charged Republicans were cynically trying to use the measure to escape election-season questions about the war in Iraq.

Just two lawmaker, Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., and Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., struck off on their own and voted for the measure.

“We are in a war, and not only a small segment of the population should fight in that war,” said Murtha.

To summarize: A Democrat sponsored the bill and only Democrats voted for it. Granted that it was “protest legislation” and the votes could also be considered “protest votes”, but this should still show which party is more likely to institute one, and why they would do it. If you insist on making this your make-or-break election issue, consider this.

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