Susan Collins: Halliburton's Essential Senator

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While the rest of the country seems to have forgotten about Iraq, in Maine's Senate race the issue is front and center. Bush Enabler Susan Collins is being confronted both for her support of the war and her lack of oversight when she chaired the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (2003-07) and is now the republican ranking member, a committee chaired by her good, good friend Joe Lieberman with similar disastrous consequences.

The news report from WGME in Portland is noteworthy not only for the content but the inclusion of some of Robert Greenwald's Iraq For Sale footage.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins and her Democratic challenger Tom Allen are sparring over whether she should have called executives from Halliburton before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Allen tells News 13 that Collins and her committee failed in its oversight role when it came to American contractors like Halliburton and KBR in Iraq.

Collins responds by saying she focused on legislation calling for greater accountability among contractors. That includes a special inspector general in Iraq, an office that has led to investigations, audits and criminal indictments.

Collins says results are more important than political theater, but Allen says she was "missing in action" when she was most needed.

Congressman Tom Allen is a Blue America endorsed candidate for the United States Senate.

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