Archive for October, 2005

October 3, 2005

Reaction to Bush’s High Court Nomination (AP) »

  • “With no past judicial experience for the senators to consider, the burden will be on Miers to be forthright with the Senate and the American people. She must outline her judicial philosophy and provide direct answers to questions about how and whether she will uphold fundamental rights, liberties and legal protections on which Americans rely. … There must be no rush to judgment.” — Ralph G. Neas, president of People for the American Way, a liberal public advocacy group.
  • “We owe it to the American people to take our time to be sure the nominee will uphold their most basic and fundamental rights. The public demands this from the process, and deserve no less.” Sen. Barbara Mikulski , D-Md.
  • “The burden is on the Bush administration and Harriet Miers to prove to the American people that she will respect and protect our fundamental freedoms, including a woman’s right to choose. Miers does not appear to have a public record to assure America’s pro-choice majority that she is a moderate in the tradition of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who was the critical swing vote that protected women’s reproductive health and freedom.” — Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
  • “While I am pleased the president has named a woman to succeed Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, it remains critically important that the Senate Judiciary Committee, and, indeed, the American people learn more about her positions on some of the most important issues facing our nation.” — Sen. Dianne Feinstein , D-Calif., the only woman on the Judiciary Committee.

Bush picks loyalist for Supreme Court (AFP) »

  • “Is this a nominee who will protect and expand our constitutional rights, or will she neglect and narrow those rights? Learning the answer will be at the core of what the American people and the Senate need to know from the hearings on this nomination,” Leahy said.

October 4, 2005

Hatch Offers Support for Miers Nomination (AP) »

  • Bush has known Miers for more than 10 years, first as his personal lawyer and most recently as a White House counsel. “When it’s all said and done, the American people are going to know what I know: This woman deserves to be on the bench. And she’ll bring credit to the bench and to the law,” he said.

October 6, 2005

Congressional Democrats pledge reform in Washington (Reuters) »

  • “We’re going to reform Washington,” Reid said. “After yearsof Republican scandals and abuses of power, it’s a big task.But the American people are demanding change.”

October 7, 2005

Hurricane Tab Below Original Estimates (AP) »

  • “We must and can do better to mind the bank account of the American people — the federal budget,” said House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill.

Bush: NYC Acted Alone in Unveiling Threat (AP) »

  • Asked if he thought New York officials had overreacted, Bush said: “I think they took the information we gave and made the judgments they thought were necessary. And the American people have got to know that, one, we’re collecting information and sharing it with local authorities on a timely basis. And that’s important.”

October 9, 2005

Miers, Iraq war, hurricane response prompt GOP to confront Bush (Knight Ridder) »

  • Specter said the committee would look into those discussions. “If there are back room assurances and if there are back room deals and if there is something which bears upon a precondition as to how a nominee is going to vote, I think that’s a matter that ought to be known by the Judiciary Committee and the American people,” he said.

October 10, 2005

Bush Showcases Progress in New Orleans (AP) »

  • The American people have their arms out,” Bush told the officials, according to his spokesman, Trent Duffy,

October 11, 2005

Mehlman Defends GOP Appeal for Black Votes (AP) »

  • Ken Mehlman told the Waterbury chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People that the “party of Lincoln and the African-American people have an incredible history together.”

October 12, 2005

Kennedy: I’ll Support Kerry in 2008 Race (AP) »

  • He criticized President Bush’s leadership and said of the American people: “Every day, I think they regret that John wasn’t elected.”

October 14, 2005

Bush Visits Pakistan Embassy in D.C. (AP) »

  • “I’m here to express the condolences of the American people to those who have suffered mightily,” he said during a brief statement.
  • Bush wrote in the book that “the American people will stand with you as you recover.” Afterward, he called Pakistan a friend and pledged America’s support.

October 19, 2005

Rice Wants to Follow Afghan Model in Iraq (AP) »

  • “Even if withdrawal timelines are deemed unwise because they might provide a strategic advantage to the insurgency, the American people need to more fully understand the basis upon which our troops are likely to come home,” Lugar said.
  • Biden drew on the White House’s frequent explanation of a strategy, saying: “Staying the course is clearly something the American people will not follow — will not follow. So tell us, what are the standards?”

Senators Question Jailing of Reporters (AP) »

  • “Those who need anonymity are not only the poor and the powerless, those whose lives or jobs might be in jeopardy if they speak up publicly, but even the powerful,” Miller said. “All are entitled to anonymity if they are telling the truth and have something of importance to say to the American people.”

October 20, 2005

Bush: Investigations Have Created ‘Noise’ (AP) »

  • But he said, “The American people expect me to do my job, and I’m going to.”

October 25, 2005

Bush Tries to Revive Support for Iraq War (AP) »

  • “Our armed forces are serving ably in Iraq under enormously difficult circumstances, and the policy of our government must be worthy of their sacrifice. Unfortunately, it is not, and the American people know it,” said Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts.

October 26, 2005

Newsview: Bush Following Well-Worn Path (AP) »

  • The American people expect me to do my job, and I’m going to,” Bush said, shrugging off the “background noise” of the CIA-leak investigation. It’s a theme repeated daily by his surrogates as tension mounts over possible criminal indictments that could come as early as Thursday.
  • “Everybody is focused on the priorities of the American people,” spokesman Scott McClellan said Wednesday. “We’re focused on the work at hand.”

Miers to Be Questioned on Gitmo Policy (AP) »

  • “What assurances can you give the Senate and the American people that you will be independent, if confirmed, and not give President Bush any special deference on any matter …?” read one of the questions.

October 27, 2005

Critics and a Senator Raise Ante for Miers (Los Angeles Times) »

  • “What assurances can you give the Senate and the American people that you will be independent, if confirmed, and not give President Bush any special deference on any matter involving him which might come before the court?” Specter asked in the letter.

October 28, 2005

Bush Supreme Court pick bows out (AFP) »

  • The conservative group Concerned Women for America, which opposed Miers’s nomination, praised her for “putting the needs of the American people and the judicial system above her own personal ambitions.”

Bush Stresses Libby Is Presumed Innocent (AP) »

  • “Scooter has worked tirelessly on behalf of the American people and sacrificed much in the service to this country,” Bush said. “In our system, each individual is presumed innocent and entitled to due process and a fair trial.”

October 29, 2005

Indictment Adds to White House Woes (AP) »

  • The American people expect me to do my job, and I’m going to,” Bush said, shrugging off the “background noise” of the CIA leak investigation.

Bush Says Progress Is Being Made in Iraq (AP) »

  • Referring to Libby by his nickname, the president said: “Scooter has worked tirelessly on behalf of the American people and sacrificed much in the service to this country.”
  • “Our security at home is directly linked to a Middle East that grows in freedom and peace. The success of the new Iraqi government is critical to winning the war on terror and protecting the American people. Ensuring that success will require more sacrifice, more time, and more resolve, and it will involve more risk for Iraqis and for American and coalition forces.”

October 30, 2005

Bush Looks to Bounce Back From Bad News (AP) »

  • “President Bush faces a serious test of leadership,” said Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee. “Will he keep his pledge to hold his administration to high ethical standards and give the American people what they deserve, and will he answer to the American people for these serious missteps?”

Prosecutor, White House at Odds Over Libby (AP) »

  • “This guy, every day, deals with some of the most important issues facing the American people,” said Schertler, a former federal prosecutor. “You’re asking him to recollect conversations, some fairly short, and he’s giving his best recollections. Maybe he didn’t remember correctly, but he didn’t have the intent to deceive the special prosecutor or grand jury.”

Edwards Works on Possible Bid in 2008 (AP) »

  • “John Kerry and I made a promise to the American people that in this election, every vote would count and every vote would be counted,” Edwards said. “Tonight, we are keeping our word and we will fight for every vote.”

Newsview: Bush, GOP Try to Change Subject (AP) »

  • The president’s message as he boarded his helicopter Friday afternoon for a trip to Camp David was remarkably similar to the words uttered more than a week ago. “I’ve got a job to do, and so do the people who work in the White House,” he said. “We got a job to protect the American people, and that’s what we’ll continue working hard to do.”