Archive for July, 2004
July 2, 2004
- “The American people aren’t paying for an outline, they’repaying for the whole plan,” said Chad Kolton, spokesman for theWhite House Office of Management and Budget. “President Bushhas produced a very detailed plan that shows exactly how we canfund our national priorities and restrain other spending to cutthe deficit in half within five years.”
July 5, 2004
- Kemp, who directs regional strategic projects at the Nixon Center, said “polls show an increasing disillusionment with the war in Iraq. The handover of sovereignty and the trial of Saddam Hussein provide an opportunity to remind the American people there is some good news out of Iraq.”
- Chad Clanton, a Kerry campaign spokesman, said: “No ad can change the fact that under George W. Bush we’ve lost 1.8 million jobs, health care costs are up 49 percent and our military is overextended. The American people believe we can do better, and so does John Kerry.”
July 6, 2004
- He said he looks forward to “talking to the American people about the next president of the United States.” He and Kerry will hit the campaign trail together on Wednesday.
- “I expect Senator Edwards will now be away much of the time campaigning. From the perspective of a small businessman, I am hopeful that one less trial lawyer present and voting in the Senate will mean that we can finally make some progress on issues that matter to the American people, such as permanent tax reduction and tort reform.” Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo.
July 7, 2004
- Turning to Iraq , he said: “John Edwards and I would never think about sending young Americans, sons and daughters, into harm’s way anywhere in the world without telling the American people the truth.”
- Said Sherman Joyce, president of the American Tort Reform Association, as Senate Republicans pushed legislation to prevent lawyers from making millions in class-action lawsuits: “Senator Edwards has consistently supported a pro-litigation, anti-civil justice reform agenda that puts his wealthy personal injury lawyer patrons ahead of the American people.”
July 8, 2004
- Tenet said the American people will weigh the agency’s record and aware of the difficulties and limitations will recognize and honor the service of its personnel.
July 9, 2004
- Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said the nation’s homeland security effort is underfunded and poorly managed. “The Bush administration needs to be clear with the American people and our state and local governments about how and where we are vulnerable and how the Bush administration is going to make America more secure,” Kerry said in a statement.
- In a farewell address to CIA workers Thursday at the agency’s northern Virginia headquarters, Tenet defended the CIA’s performance, saying the American people will weigh its record and aware of the difficulties and limitations will recognize and honor the service of its personnel.
- “The American people are going to reject the tired, old, hateful, negative politics of the past,” the North Carolina senator said at Friday’s breakfast. “They are going to embrace the politics of hope.”
July 10, 2004
- “You have an extraordinary career in standing up for the American people. You have saved lives with your extraordinary work with automobile safety,” Dean told the consumer advocate. “I wish you were on our team, Ralph, because we really need you.”
- He said he believed the president did not go to war as a last resort as he had told the American people.
- The Kerry-Edwards campaign will start running a new ad Monday featuring Edwards praising Kerry the first time the two campaigned together. The commercial in which Edwards says “there is no one better prepared to keep the American people safe than this man” will start running Monday in local media markets in the 19 states where the campaign is on the air and nationally on cable networks.
July 11, 2004
- The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay political organization, said the president and congressional allies “should focus on the priorities of the American people, not the agenda of their extremist base.”
July 12, 2004
- In Boston, Kerry, who voted for the war, said he and Edwards were proud of the fact that they opposed the $87 billion aid package for Afghanistan and Iraq “when we knew the policy had to be changed. We had to get it right. We needed other countries involved. We needed to reach out to our allies. We needed to put other boots on the ground. The job of the president is to have the maximum ability for success and the minimum risk and cost to the American people.”
- “Like the American people, Ronald Reagan Jr. knows that our country can do better than it has under George W. Bush,” said campaign manager Mary Beth Cahill, relishing the defection of an offspring of one of the Republicans’ most beloved figures.
- “African-American people feel Edwards. They feel it like they felt Clinton,” Cummings said, although exit polls conducted during the primaries showed blacks favored Kerry over Edwards.
- “We had to get it right,” Kerry said. “We needed other countries involved. We needed to reach out to our allies. We needed to put other boots on the ground. The job of the president is to have the maximum ability for success and the minimum risk and cost to the American people.”
July 13, 2004
- In a statement, the Republican president’s campaign said “John kerry is trying to convince the American people that he represents ‘conservative values,’ though his voting record shows he is the United States Senate’s most out of mainstream member.”
- “At the end of this week we’ll know where people stand, andI think that’s important to the American people to know,” saidSenate Republican leader Bill Frist of Tennessee.
July 14, 2004
- Bush’s Democratic rival, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, skipped the vote. He issued a statement expressing renewed opposition to the amendment and accusing Republicans of seeking to alter the Constitution for political gain. “The unfortunate result is that the important work of the American people funding our homeland security needs, creating new and better jobs, and raising the minimum wage is not getting done,” he said.
July 15, 2004
- Responding to the criticism, Kerry spokesman Chad Clanton said it was “disappointing to see George W. Bush sending out yet another lemon-sucking surrogate to push his attack campaign. This president should spend more time attacking the problems of the American people and less time attacking John Kerry.”
- “The Urban League is an organization he has a relationship with, and he looks forward to sharing his ideas for the American people,” Bartlett said. “He obviously takes seriously reaching out to African-Americans. He understands not everybody attending will agree with what he says.”
- Despite polls showing that most Americans worry that the war has increased the threat from terrorism, Bush insisted: “That dictator is no longer a threat, and the American people are safer.”
July 19, 2004
- “Generally, it’s an outgrowth of their desire to continue their conversation with the American people,” he said.
- Former Democratic Sen. Max Cleland, who is working to elect Kerry, accused Bush on Monday of feeding Congress and the American people “a pack of lies” as justification for the war in Iraq .
July 20, 2004
- “We’re going to set the record straight as Democrats try to sell a story to the American people that’s completely disconnected from the reality,” said Steve Schmidt, a spokesman for President Bush ‘s re-election campaign.
- “You can’t believe anything this crowd says anymore,” Clanton said. “They’d rather attack and smear than roll up their sleeves and offer solutions to the serious problems the American people are facing.”
July 21, 2004
- “Why would the (Kerry) campaign launch arbitrary attacks instead of offering clear assurance to the American people that the Kerry campaign did not benefit from classified documents that were removed from the National Archives by one of their advisers, Sandy Berger, now subject to a criminal investigation,” asked Bush campaign manager Ken Mehlman.
- “The American people deserve to know why Mr. Bergerapparently skirted the law and removed highly classifiedterrorism documents, purportedly in his pants, from a securereading room,” said House Speaker Dennis Hastert, an IllinoisRepublican.
- “I think he has to knock them out. And, I think he will,” the former governor said, adding that Kerry has to go beyond pointing out President Bush ‘s failures. “He has to convince the American people that he has a better way than Bush. I think he will do all that, but I think it’s going to take this convention to do it.”
- Bush’s campaign issued a news release with an excerpt of Kerry telling an interviewer in September 2003 that voting against the $87 billion funding request would be irresponsible and said the American people “will not trust the presidency of someone who wants to have it both ways on Iraq.”
July 22, 2004
- These two men bring a common sense approach to how to move forward. They recognize what I recognize, and America recognizes, that there’s still a threat and that we in government have an obligation to do everything in our power to safeguard the American people.
July 23, 2004
- But he dismisses any suggestion that looks could kill his credibility. “The American people are good judges of character. I think they go right past the superficial,” Edwards told CNN’s Larry King.
- “All 10 of us have decided to … do everything we can, whether it’s testimony or lobbying or speaking or whatever’s necessary, to let the American people know about these recommendations, know how important they are, our belief that they can save lives,” Kean said.
- “I am very angry at the president and his economic policies,” she has said. “It’s not just, it’s not fair, it’s not American. The American people are not unfair.”
July 24, 2004
- “When John Kerry is commander in chief of the American people, he will lead the world, not bully it,” Edwards said, drawing some of the loudest applause of the day.
- “John Kerry’s decision to have her introduce the president on Monday night to kick off the convention with a reminder of just how well off the American people became under his leadership … I don’t think there’s any better place to start,” Grossman said.
July 25, 2004
- “The American people can decide who they think is right and wrong, but the Bush administration believed Iraq was far and away the biggest security problem of the country, despite the fact that there was more support for al-Qaida within Pakistan and now we know more contacts with Iran,” he said. “There were other responsible people who had different views.”
July 26, 2004
- “Bush and (Vice President Dick) Cheney need to make up their minds about whether they’ll ever stop trying to mislead the American people,” Clanton said. “Like sands through the hourglass, their time and their credibility is running out.”
- “The president thinks that his most important obligation is to protect the American people … and he will be governed by doing what’s best and doing what’s right and by acting as quickly as possible,” Buchan said. “If there’s something we can do to protect the American people, it isn’t going to wait.”
- “He needs to close the deal with the American people,” said Clinton. “I would say this is likely to be a fairly close election, but on today’s facts, he has the advantage. And we need to use this convention to close the deal.”
- In all seriousness, I am deeply grateful for the opportunity you have given me to serve America. I want to to thank you as Democrats for the honor of being your nominee for president four years ago. And I want to thank the American people for the privilege of serving as vice president.
- Twenty-eight years ago, I was running for president, and I said then, “I want a government that is as good and honest and as decent and as competent and as compassionate as are the American people.” I say this again tonight, and that is exactly what we will have next January with John Kerry as president of the United States.
- Let us not forget that the Soviets lost the Cold War because the American people combined the exercise of power with adherence to basic principles, based on sustained bipartisan support. We understood the positive link between the defense of our own freedom and the promotion of human rights. Recent policies have cost our nation its reputation as the world’s most admired champion of freedom and justice. What a difference these few months of extremism have made!
- Ultimately, the issue is whether America will provide global leadership that springs from the unity and integrity of the American people or whether extremist doctrines and the manipulation of truth will define America’s role in the world.
- At stake is nothing less than our nation’s soul. In a few months, I will, God willing, enter my 81st year of my life, and in many ways the last few months have been some of the most disturbing of all. But I am not discouraged. I do not despair for our country. I believe tonight, as I always have, that the essential decency, compassion and common sense of the American people will prevail.
- Our differences are in how we can best achieve these things in a time of unprecedented change. Therefore, we Democrats will bring to the American people this year a positive campaign, arguing not who is a good or a bad person, but what is the best way to build a safe and prosperous world our children deserve.
July 27, 2004
- Despite violence in Iraq and the threat of new al Qaedaattacks in the United States, Cheney told the 2,500 Marines andsailors: “Sixteen months ago, Iraq was a gathering threat tothe United States and the civilized world. Now it is a risingdemocracy, an ally in the war on terror and the American peopleare safer for it,” Cheney said.
- “I want a government as good and as honest and as decent and as competent and as compassionate as are the American people,” he said. Americans can’t be more secure “if we place in jeopardy what is most precious to us, namely the centrality of human rights in our daily lives and in global affairs.”
- “I think it’s because the American people, for the last four years, feel like they haven’t been told the whole truth … both from the White House and the media not doing its job,” he said.
- “I think American people are smarter than that because themost valuable gift a politician has to give other than beingthoughtful, of course, is his vulnerability,” she said.
- The goals of the American people are every bit as high as they were more than 200 years ago. If America is failing to reach them today, it’s not because our ideals need replacing, it’s because our President needs replacing.
- “The goals of the American people are every bit as high as they were more than 200 years ago,” said Kennedy. “If America is failing to reach them today, it’s not because our ideals need replacing, it’s because our president needs replacing.”
July 28, 2004
- A Kerry spokesman, Chad Clanton, said in an e-mail statement that “We’re bogged down in Iraq, health care costshave gone sky highand people’s paychecks are shrinking. And the Bush campaign wants to talk about movies? No wonder Bush and Cheney have lost credibility with the American people.”
- _ Former Kerry rival Howard Dean spoke of a foreign policy “that relies on telling the truth to the American people.” He did not mention Bush by name nor directly accuse him of lying, diplomatic niceties that Dean has never before extended to the incumbent.
- “Between now and November, you the American people, you canreject the tired, old, hateful, negative, politics of thepast,” the North Carolina senator said. “And instead you canembrace the politics of hope, the politics of what’s possible.”
- This is a man who is prepared to keep the American people safe and to make America stronger at home and respected in the world.
- This is where you come in. Between now and November you, the American people you can reject the tired, old, hateful, negative, politics of the past. And instead you can embrace the politics of hope, the politics of what’s possible because this is America, where everything is possible.
- When John is president, we will listen to the wisdom of the Sept. 11 commission. We will build and lead strong alliances and safeguard and secure weapons of mass destruction. We will strengthen our homeland security and protect our ports, safeguard our chemical plants, and support our firefighters, police officers and EMTs. We will always use our military might to keep the American people safe.
- “This is where you come in. Between now and November you, the American people you can reject the tired, old, hateful, negative, politics of the past. And instead you can embrace the politics of hope, the politics of what’s possible because this is America, where everything is possible.”
- Returning home, Kerry says, “I had felt that the government had not been truthful with the American people. I felt that the war was not what it was described as.”
- “Now he’s facing the toughest jury he’s ever faced, the American people, as he tries to persuade them that he’s worthy of being one heartbeat away from the presidency,” NBC’s Tom Brokaw said.
July 29, 2004
- “We will always use our military might to keep the American people safe,” he said Wednesday. “And we will have one clear unmistakable message for Al-Qaeda and the rest of these terrorists … we will destroy you.”
- America looks very different today than it did four years ago. People are worried about their jobs, their rising health care bills, their kids education, their retirement, and their environment. John Kerry and John Edwards have practical, sensible plans to relieve those worries. But all of these plans wont mean much unless we can restore American’s sense of personal security; unless we can free the American people from the fear of terrorism. On Sept. 11, 2001, we were brutally attacked by Islamist terrorists who hate us more than they love their own lives; fanatics who are as great a threat to our security and freedom as the Nazis and Communists we defeated in the last century. Make no mistake: this war, like those earlier conflicts, is a war of values.
- In this campaign, we will vigorously disagree with the other side. But we should not resort to personally demonizing them to win the election. Such tactics are wrong, regardless of who practices them, because they divide and diminish America at a time when we must stand united and strong. Instead, we will support John Kerry and John Edwards vision for a positive, hopeful future for the American people.
- War. I’ve been there. Heard the thump of enemy mortars. Seen the tracers fly. Bled on the battlefield. Recovered in hospitals. Received and obeyed orders. Sent men and women into battle. Awarded medals, comforted families, attended funerals. And this soldier has news for you: Anyone who tells you that one political party has a monopoly on the defense of our nation is committing a fraud on the American people. Franklin Roosevelt said it best: “Repetition does not transform a lie into the truth.”
- We have it in our power to change the world again. But only if we’re true to our ideals and that starts by telling the truth to the American people. That is my first pledge to you tonight. As President, I will restore trust and credibility to the White House.
- So tonight, in the city where America’s freedom began, only a few blocks from where the sons and daughters of liberty gave birth to our nation, here tonight, on behalf of a new birth of freedom, on behalf of the middle class who deserve a champion, and those struggling to join it who deserve a fair shot, for the brave men and women in uniform who risk their lives every day and the families who pray for their return, for all those who believe our best days are ahead of us, for all of you with great faith in the American people, I accept your nomination for President of the United States.
- My fellow Americans, the world tonight is very different from the world of four years ago. But I believe the American people are more than equal to the challenge.
- As President, I will wage this war with the lessons I learned in war. Before you go to battle, you have to be able to look a parent in the eye and truthfully say: “I tried everything possible to avoid sending your son or daughter into harm’s way. But we had no choice. We had to protect the American people, fundamental American values from a threat that was real and imminent.” So lesson one, this is the only justification for going to war.
- That flag doesn’t belong to any president. It doesn’t belong to any ideology and it doesn’t belong to any political party. It belongs to all the American people.
- The world tonight is very different from the world of fouryears ago. But I believe the American people are more thanequal to the challenge.
- “We have it in our power to change the world again. But only if we’re true to our ideals and that starts by telling the truth to the American people. That is my first pledge to you tonight. As president, I will restore trust and credibility to the White House.”
- “So tonight, in the city where America’s freedom began, only a few blocks from where the sons and daughters of liberty gave birth to our nation, here tonight, on behalf of a new birth of freedom, on behalf of the middle class who deserve a champion, and those struggling to join it who deserve a fair shot, for the brave men and women in uniform who risk their lives every day and the families who pray for their return, for all those who believe our best days are ahead of us, for all of you with great faith in the American people, I accept your nomination for president of the United States.
- “As president, I will wage this war with the lessons I learned in war. Before you go to battle, you have to be able to look a parent in the eye and truthfully say: ‘I tried everything possible to avoid sending your son or daughter into harm’s way. But we had no choice. We had to protect the American people, fundamental American values from a threat that was real and imminent.’ So lesson one, this is the only justification for going to war.
July 30, 2004
- “The American people like to see governors on tickets. Governors actually have had to deal with day-to-day problems that senators and congressmen don’t have to,” said New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who was in the running to join Kerry’s ticket.
- “That flag doesn’t belong to any president. It doesn’t belong to any ideology and it doesn’t belong to any political party. It belongs to all the American people.”
- Massive reorganizations of government are always controversial. They are often met with great resistance among those being reorganized. While turf battles abound in Washington, for the American people it is results that count.
- “Massive reorganizations are always controversial,” Collins said. “While turf battles abound in Washington, for the American people it is results that count. Power struggles for authority and responsibility however well motivated cannot be allowed to doom needed reforms.”
- “These are dangerous times … and we deserve a president who tells the truth to the American people,” he said.
- “These are dangerous times today,” Kerry said, referring to the threat of terrorism, not the heat. “We’re living in a world that’s changed dramatically from the world of four years ago and we deserve leadership that tells the truth to the American people and helps America act like a beacon to the world.”