Archive for October, 2006

October 1, 2006

White House on defensive over book’s revelations on Iraq (AFP) »

  • "I know the president has been very blunt with the American people about the challenges we face in Iraq. We’ve given that information," he told CBS television.

October 2, 2006

Candidates’ offensive remarks haunt them (AP) »

  • The American people try to be fair — people will give you a chance to explain,” said Frederick J. Antczak, an expert on political rhetoric at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich. “It all depends on whether people can connect this to previous incidents or to a voting record.

Democrats reviving Social Security issue (AP) »

  • “The president hasn’t given up yet, even though the American people resoundingly rejected his proposal for private accounts,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

National school violence conference set (AP) »

  • “I want you all to remember when you go to the polls here in Nevada, what political party supported the president to make sure we have the tools necessary to protect the American people and which political party didn’t,” Bush said.
  • “It sounds like they think the best way to protect the American people is to wait until we’re attacked again,” Bush said. “That’s not the way it’s going to be under my administration.”

October 6, 2006

Lawmakers investigate sex scandal (Reuters) »

  • “The president … thanked him for going out to make aclear public statement today in which he took fullresponsibility and reiterated that the House leadership wasaccountable to the American people,” said White Housespokeswoman Dana Perino.

Text-sex scandal boosts Democrats ahead of US elections (AFP) »

  • "This Republican Congress has now completely failed the American people," said Democratic leader in the Senate, Harry Reid. "We did expect them to protect our kids. It is now clear we expected too much of them."

October 14, 2006

Bill Clinton rallies activists in Iowa (AP) »

  • “I have never seen the American people so serious,” said Clinton. “I think I know why. People know things are out of whack. The rhythm of our public life and our common life in America has been disturbed.”

October 16, 2006

Warner takes issue with McGavick remarks (AP) »

  • “Senators Warner and Hagel have articulated exactly what the American people are thinking — that things are not getting better in Iraq and a course correction is needed,” McGavick said in a statement released by his campaign.

October 18, 2006

Clinton urges Dems to question criticism (AP) »

  • “Most of us long for politics where we have genuine arguments, vigorous disagreements but we don’t claim to have the whole truth and we don’t demonize our opponents and we work for what’s best for the American people,” he said.

October 20, 2006

Bush to consult on changing Iraq tactics (AP) »

  • Calling the Democrats the party of “cut and run,” Bush said: “The voters out there need to ask the question, `Which political party will support the brave men and women who wear our uniform when they do their job of protecting America? Which political party is willing to give our professionals the tools necessary to protect the American people? Which political party has a strategy for victory in this war on terror?’ ” Copyright © 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The information contained in the AP News report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.

GOP terror strategy no longer foolproof (AP) »

  • “An enemy still plots and plans to attack the American people,” President Bush says, warning voters on the campaign trail. “If we were to follow the Democrats’ prescriptions and withdraw from Iraq, we would be fulfilling Osama bin Laden’s highest aspirations.”

October 21, 2006

Democrats: More seats coming into play (AP) »

  • “National security, border security, and the economy: these are the issues that matter most to the American people as we confront challenges domestically and abroad,” House Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, advised fellow Republicans.

October 22, 2006

US Senator Barack Obama mulling White House run (AFP) »

  • "Ultimately, I trust the judgment of the American people that in any election they sort it through," he said.

October 23, 2006

Rising star Obama weighs White House run (AP) »

  • “I’m not sure anyone is ready to be president before they’re president,” Obama said. “I trust the judgment of the American people.

October 24, 2006

Films offer prelude to midterm elections (AP) »

  • “I think there has been no president that has disgraced this country more,” Kopple said. “As Americans, it’s difficult to go anywhere without people feeling a tremendous amount of anger. I think his policies are not policies that a good deal of the American people believe in. It just seems like there’s a cowboy mentality, dead or alive, you’re either with us or against us.

October 25, 2006

Text of Bush’s news conference (AP) »

  • Over the past three years, I have often addressed the American people to explain developments in Iraq. Some of these developments were encouraging, such as the capture of Saddam Hussein, the elections in which 12 million Iraqis defied the terrorists and voted for a free future, and the demise of the brutal terrorist Zarqawi.
  • The events of the past month have been a serious concern to me and a serious concern to the American people.
  • I know the American people understand the stakes in Iraq. They want to win. They will support the war as long as they see a path to victory.
  • It’s my responsibility to provide the American people with a candid assessment on the way forward. There is tough fighting ahead. The road to victory will not be easy. We should not expect a simple solution.
  • And my point to the American people is that we’re constantly adjusting our tactics to achieve victory.
  • One way for the American people to understand what Iraq could look like is what Afghanistan looked like under the Taliban, a place where there was no freedom, a place where women were taken into the public square and beaten if they did not adhere to the strict, intolerant guidelines of the Taliban, a place where thousands trained to attack America and our allies.
  • BUSH: It’s a conditions-based estimate. And that’s important for the American people to know. This notion about, you know, fixed timetable of withdrawal, in my judgment, means defeat.
  • So why shouldn’t the American people conclude that this is nothing from you other than semantic, rhetoric games and all politics two weeks before an election?
  • Now, I’m giving the speech — you’re asking me why I’m giving this speech today — because there’s — I think I owe an explanation to the American people and will continue to make explanations. The people need to know that we have a plan for victory.
  • And what can you tell the American people about his ability to rein in the militias, since he seems to derive much of his power front them?
  • I think he’s referring to the benchmarks that were developing that show a way forward to the Iraqi people — and the American people, for that matter — about how this unity government is going to solve problems and bring the people together.
  • BUSH: I think the coming election is a referendum on these two things: which party has got the plan that will enable our economy to continue to grow and which party has a plan to protect the American people.
  • These are lethal, cold-blooded killers. And we must do everything we can to protect the American people, including questioning detainees or listening to their phone calls from outside the country to inside the country.
  • In other words, as you know, there was some recent votes on that issue. And the Democrats voted against giving our professionals the tools necessary to protect the American people.
  • If you raise taxes, it will hurt the economy. If you don’t extend the tax cuts, if you don’t make them — in other words, if you let the tax cuts expire, it will be a tax increase on the American people.
  • Can you tell the American people how you plan to measure his success in reaching those benchmarks and what happens if he doesn’t hit those benchmarks?
  • BUSH: The first objective is to develop benchmarks that the government agrees with and that we think are important. You can’t — it’s really important for the American people to understand that to say, OK, these are the benchmarks you must live with, is not going to work nearly as effectively as if we have — when we have buy-in from the government itself, the sovereign government of Iraq.
  • It’ll also be beneficial for the American people to be able to see that this Iraqi government is going to make the difficult decisions necessary to move forward to achieve the goal. And that’s what we’re talking about when it comes to benchmarks.
  • But the American people are going to decide, and they’re going to decide this race based upon who best to protect the American people and who best to keep the taxes low.
  • And then when it changed, we changed. And that’s important for the American people to know, that we’re constantly changing tactics to meet the situation on the ground.

Bush unsatisfied with Iraq war progress (AP) »

  • “The events of the past month have been a serious concern to me and a serious concern to the American people,” the president said.

October 26, 2006

Lamont gets help from Obama (AP) »

  • “Ned Lamont and I share a commitment to bringing our troops home safely from Iraq, to achieving energy independence, to helping all our citizens realize the American dream, and to empowering the American people to reclaim their government,” Obama wrote.

Bush signs U.S.-Mexico border fence bill (AP) »

  • “We’re modernizing the southern border of the United States so we can assure the American people we’re doing our job of securing the border,” Bush said.

October 27, 2006

Poll: Middle class voters abandoning GOP (AP) »

  • “Every decade, the American people at some point get angry at Washington for the course they’ve chosen and the results of that course,” said Rep. Rahm Emanuel , the head of the House Democrats’ campaign effort, rattling off various election years and circumstances that infuriated voters in each.

Iraq deaths Al-Qaeda’s try to sway US vote: Pentagon (AFP) »

  • But he cast the struggle as a "battle for the hearts and minds of the American people."
  • He said Iraqi insurgents "know this is a battle for the resolve of the American people. And if they can influence elections and get the American people to get tired of this war through their attacks, I think they see something."
  • "Again, it is a test of wills for the American people, and if they can dishearten the American people and … get the American people down on this war, then they see that is how they can win ultimately in Iraq and ultimately in the long war."
  • "When the Democratic Party in Connecticut purged Joe Lieberman, in effect, drummed him out of the party on the grounds that he had supported the president in the global war on terror, that sends a message to the terrorists overseas that their basic strategy of trying to break the will of the American people may, in fact, work," he said. Copyright © 2006 Agence France Presse. All rights reserved. The information contained in the AFP News report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of Agence France Presse.

October 28, 2006

GAO chief warns economic disaster looms (AP) »

  • From the hustings and the airwaves this campaign season, America’s political class can be heard debating Capitol Hill sex scandals, the wisdom of the war in Iraq and which party is tougher on terror. Democrats and Republicans talk of cutting taxes to make life easier for the American people.
  • “There’s no sexiness to it,” laments Leita Hart-Fanta, an accountant who has just heard Walker’s pitch. She suggests recruiting a trusted celebrity — maybe Oprah — to sell fiscal responsibility to the American people.

Bush works to save GOP in last campaign (AP) »

  • “This election is going to be determined by how our candidates run locally. And I believe if they continue to emphasize the big issues — keeping taxes low and protecting the American people — we’ll win,” Bush said Friday.

October 30, 2006

Weapons to Iraqis can’t be accounted for (AP) »

  • Warner, who requested the report in May, “believes it is essential that Congress and the American people continue to be kept informed by the inspector general on the equipping and logistical capabilities of the Iraqi army and security forces, since these represent an important component of overall readiness,” said Warner spokesman John Ullyot.

Cheney: Iraq violence linked to election (AP) »

  • “It’s my belief that they’re very sensitive of the fact that we’ve got an election scheduled and they can get on the Web sites like anybody else,” Cheney said. He said al-Qaida and other elements were trying to “break the will of the American people” because “they think we don’t have the stomach for the fight long-term.”