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Walter Jones to appear tonight in MSNBC documentary on selling of Iraq war

U.S. Rep. Walter Jones will appear Monday night in the MSNBC documentary, Hubris: The Selling of the Iraq War at 9 p.m.

Jones, a Farmville Republican, became an early critic of the U.S. involvement in Iraq.

Perdue to appear with Obama at Fort Bragg

Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue issued a statement Tuesday saying she would appear with President Barack Obama when he travels to Fort Bragg tomorrow to give a speech about the end of the Iraq war.

The statement ends speculation about her plans after Dome posted an item Monday showing that the president's visit was not a part of her schedule. Her office also didn't return calls about her plans. Republicans pounced on the idea and fueled the question of whether she was trying to distance herself from Obama.

Here is Perdue's statement: "North Carolina is the most military friendly state in the nation. When America needs to send our best and bravest, the president calls Fort Bragg – and our troops always answer. All our bases and families across the state have certainly carried a heavy workload for the war in Iraq, but it’s not just about supporting our men and women in uniform abroad. We need to look after the health, welfare and economic security of our soldiers and families when they return as well.

"I look forward to joining president Obama tomorrow to honor our troops and thank them for their service to our country and our state."

Attorney: Beason was made a target

PICKED ON: An attorney for lobbyist Don Beason said the Secretary of State's office unfairly went after the lobbyist and eventually issued a record-$111,000 fine because Beason was a high-profile target. (N&O)

N.I.M.B.Y.: Speakers at a packed public hearing Tuesday night criticized the state Department of Transportation's ideas for routing high-speed passenger trains through downtown, and some of them urged the City Council to call for more study. (N&O)

HERE I GO: In a prime-time address to the nation, President Barack Obama said it was time to "turn the page" on Iraq and that he intended to focus on the U.S. economy. (NYT)

Jones' work ethic gets noticed

Republican Rep. Walter Jones of Farmville is one hard working guy.

That is the opinion of The Hill, a Washington D.C. publication, which after surveying lawmakers, aides and other officials concluded that Jones was one of the 25 hardest working members of Congress. Jones was listed as the 17th hardest working congress member, reports Rob Christensen.

"In the last five years," The Hill wrote, "Jones has signed his name more than 18,000 times on both pages of a two-page letter that has been sent to more than 9,200 people. The letters go to the immediate and extended families of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan."

"I regret voting to give President Bush the authority to wage war in Iraq," said Jones, who calls signing the letters "penance" for his 2002 vote.

The article notes that Jones spends 45 minutes doing the family grocery shopping in Greenville, often stopping to listen to constituents.

Book to atone for war vote, says Jones

U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, the conservative Republican who turned against the war in Iraq, is writing a book called called "My Daddy's Not Dead Yet" which he hopes will atone for his vote to go to war, according to Congress Daily.

The title of the book was inspired by a visit in 2007 to a classroom at Johnson Elementary School at Camp Lejeune, in which a little boy expressed the fear that his father would be killed in Iraq, Rob Christensen reports.

Jones said his vote to authorize the war in Iraq has left him with deep guilt. "I profess to be a man of faith," Jones told Congress Daily," but I didn't vote my conscience."

Jones said any proceeds from the book will be donated to help treat the wounded. He said the Iraq experience is making him take a hard look at President Barack Obama's request for more troops for Afghanistan.

"We're trying to police the world," Jones told George Wilson. " Every great nation prior to America that tried to police the world has failed economically. That's why I tell people that I'm a Pat Buchanan American. I want to stop trying to take care of the world and fix this country. Our problems are so deep that there is no easy way to fix them."

Hagan on Bush's Iraq assessment

Kay Hagan said President Bush's progress report on the Iraq war was bittersweet.

Hagan, a candidate in the Democratic primary for Republican Elizabeth Dole's U.S. Senate seat, issued a statement today deploring Bush's decision to discontinue troop reductions after July.

She did commend his announcement that deployment tours will be reduced from 15 months to 12 months for troops deployed after Aug. 1, something she said she has long supported.

Hagan also seized the opportunity to condemn Dole's support of the war.

"Elizabeth Dole has been a consistent supporter of President Bush's war in Iraq," Hagan's statement reads. "She has voted to support it, failed to bring accountability to the process, and she has failed to support our troops by voting against protective gear and adequate rest and training time."

Poll: Jones out front

U.S. Rep. Walter Jones was widely thought to be in the fight of his political life because of his opposition to the Iraq war.

But his battle may not be as tough as many believed.

Jones, a Farmville Republican, has a commanding lead over GOP primary challenger Joe McLaughlin, according to a widely distributed new poll for the Jones campaign, reports Rob Christensen.

The survey found Jones leading McLaughlin by 54-16 percent.

The 3rd Congressional District primary has received national attention because McLaughlin made an issue of Jones’ opposition to continued U.S. involvement in the war in Iraq. The district has a strong military presence, including Camp Lejeune.

Conducted by National Research Inc., the poll surveyed 310 likely voters in the district on March 4 and March 6. The margin of error for the poll is plus or minus 5.57 percentage points. The Jones campaign made available a copy of the poll questions.

The survey has been distributed to key Republicans across the district, as well as political committees in Washington.

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