Archive for May, 2004
May 3, 2004
- “It ought to slow down, cool off a while,” he observed. “The American people aren’t going to listen if that’s all they hear every day is criticism and name-calling by the Bush team or by the Kerry team.”
May 4, 2004
- “What can I tell you? I come from Brooklyn,” said Varis, 74. “I can’t think of any better act of patriotism than giving to
get the message out to the American people about what is really going on in this country. We have to take it back in 2004. I have a stake in that at my age.”
- “I’m here to ask for the endorsement, not of foreign leaders, but of the American people,” he told cheering supporters here during a two-day tour through vote-rich Michigan and Ohio.
- As the laughter subsided, Bush drove home his broader point that Kerry is not suited for the presidency at a time of war. “Whoever these mystery men are, they’re not going to be deciding this election,” he said. “The American people will decide this election.”
- “Clearly, Bush isn’t very good at telling jokes,” said Kerry spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter. “And if only he had taken the real issues facing the American people more seriously, maybe the nation wouldn’t be struggling at home and abroad as much as it is today.”
- “I’ve got a hunch this whole thing might be a case of mistaken identity,” Bush told supporters at a pancake breakfast at a recreation center just outside Toledo. “Whoever these mystery men are, they’re not going to be deciding this election. The American people will be deciding this election.”
May 5, 2004
- “I got a hunch this whole thing might be a case of mistaken identity,” Bush said to laughter and applause. “Just because somebody has an accent and a nice suit and a good table at a fancy restaurant in New York doesn’t make them a foreign leader. But whoever these mystery men are, they’re not going to be deciding this election. The American people will be deciding this election.”
- “There will be investigations. People will be brought to justice,” Bush told Al-Hurra. “The actions of these few people do not reflect the hearts of the American people.”
- “The American people are just as appalled” as Iraqis, Bush said in the same interview. “People in Iraq must understand that I view those practices as abhorrent. They must also understand that what took place in that prison does not represent the America that I know,” Bush said.
May 6, 2004
- Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 House Democratic leader, called the request “the most recent episode in a pattern of secrecy by an administration that refuses to share information with the American people even when confronted with facts that stand in opposition to their policies.”
- The ad then shows footage of Hughes on CNN saying, “I think that after September 11, the American people are valuing life more and realizing that we need policies to value the dignity and worth of every life … And really, the fundamental difference between us and the terror network we fight is that we value every life.”
May 10, 2004
- “I think it’s still in question whether Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld and, quite frankly, General Myers can command the respect and the trust and the confidence of the military and the American people to lead this country,” said Hagel, a decorated Vietnam veteran.
- Hagel had said that he thought “it’s still in question whether Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld and, quite frankly, Gen. Myers can command the respect and the trust and the confidence of the military and the American people to lead this country.”
- “President Bush said today the election will be decided bythe American people, so I guess we’re actually going to countthe votes this time.”
May 11, 2004
- “It is imperative that the House of Representatives act quickly,” said Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D. “The American people can’t wait any longer for legislation that encourages companies to keep their jobs in the U.S.”
May 13, 2004
- “Basically what we were saying is you’ve got to get a message out so African-American people will feel you and feel that you’re comfortable with them,” said CBC Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md. “As the momentum is shifting, it’s not enough that it’s just away from Bush. We’ve got to make sure at the same time we’re picking up momentum and people are saying, ‘I want Kerry.’”
May 16, 2004
- “We know that the measure of a strong economy is a growingmiddle-class where every American has a chance to work and anopportunity to succeed,” Kerry said. “For three years, theAmerican people have been asking this White House, ‘What areyou going to do about this? For three years, they’ve looked atyou almost with scorn, certainly with indifference andbasically said: ‘You’re on your own.”’
May 18, 2004
- “They need to have a successful handoff of the governmentand show the American people that there’s an end game,” saidRepublican strategist Scott Reed.
- “Today the famous fund-raising bat is in your hands to help Senator Kerry take his message to the American people,” Dean wrote.
- “All of these are difficulties that we’re having to face,”she said. “But I still truly believe that the American peopleknow that the president is doing everything he possibly can tomake our country safer and stronger.”
- Kerry received a rousing boost Monday night from Dean, who built a substantial following in Oregon during his failed bid for the nomination. Dean said he was confident that as commander in chief Kerry would send troops into harm’s way only after “telling the truth to the American people about why they’re going.”
May 19, 2004
- “I think that’s for the good of our country and for the benefit of the American people that are being ignored or repudiated by the Bush regime,” Nader said in an interview.
- House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, said he “can’t believe” that fellow Republicans “would hold up such an incredible budget. For what, to make it more difficult for us to give tax relief to the American people.”
May 20, 2004
- “I can’t believe one or two members, particularly Republican members of the Senate, would hold up such an incredible budget,” said House Majority Leader Tom Delay, a Texas Republican. “For what? To make it more difficult for us to give tax relief to the American people.”
- Steve Schmidt, a spokesman for the Bush-Cheney campaign, said the comments “represent a grotesque political attack. They’re simply outrageous and the American people will reject that type of blame America first. … American troops are bravely fighting the terrorist enemy and it is the terrorists who are responsible for the violence, not the president.”
May 23, 2004
- “They have no new ideas and no new answers for the American people,” jabbed N.J. Rep. Robert Menendez, third-ranking Democrat in the House.
- “I think we need to hear from the president a comprehensive strategy for success. I think that’s one thing the American people feel has been lacking,” Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., told ABC’s “This Week.”
May 24, 2004
- Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., also a member of the Intelligence Committee, said he wasn’t particularly interested in hearing Chalabi testify. “I think the American people are verging upon hearing fatigue,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.”
- “The president looks forward, on Monday evening, to discussing with the American people and with a global audience a clear strategy on how we need to move forward,” Duffy said.
May 25, 2004
- Analysts saw his speech as an effort to counteract dailynews of violence and scandal in Iraq by speaking directly tothe American people about the nobler aspects of the mission.
May 27, 2004
- Clinton said Kerry should be focused on letting “the American people get to know him, who he is, what he’s for, what he wants to do, and then clarify, on his terms, the differences between himself and the president.”
- “My job is to do everything I can to protect the American people and to help the American people protect themselves,” he said.
May 30, 2004
- At his firing, Cox issued a one-sentence statement: “Whether ours shall be a government of laws and not of men is now for Congress and ultimately the American people.”