Archive for March, 2007

March 1, 2007

Panel slams treatment of Guard, Reserves (AP) »

  • “This is unacceptable. The American people would find it unacceptable,” said Punaro, a retired Marine Corps general. “These are not problems that have just cropped up in the last two years or five years. These are issues that have been pretty much ignored and glossed over for decades.”

Cheney: Congress should back Iraq plan (AP) »

  • “With a divided government, and strong feelings on both sides of the aisle, getting things done is a bit more of a challenge than it was before. But the American people expect results and the president and I are committed to working with Congress for the good of the country. What we will not do is abandon the conservative principles we ran on in 2000 and 2004.”

March 4, 2007

Wanted: a US conservative champion for 2008 (AFP) »

  • "We will not defeat the Clinton machine by being negative, we will defeat the Clinton machine by offering better solutions, based on better values, with a deeper reach into the American people’s minds and psyche and history." Copyright © 2007 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 The information contained in the AFP News report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of Agence France Presse.

Conservatives laud Gingrich at meeting (AP) »

  • “We need to stand decisively for the values and principles of the future of the American people,” the former House speaker from Georgia declared Saturday to GOP activists who gave him a celebrity’s welcome at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.

March 7, 2007

Bush: Troop care panel will find truth (AP) »

  • The American people can feel very good about the health care system that their VA is providing to veterans,” Nicholson said, “but if there is a case where a veteran gets lost in the system, or suffers anxiety or their family does as a result of something we’re not doing, that is unacceptable.”

March 8, 2007

Analysis: Scandals sap public’s morale (AP) »

  • “Any party, or a third party, that actually broke out of this fog could really hit pay dirt with the American people,” Trippi said.

Medical problems extend to vet hospitals (AP) »

  • “That’s unacceptable and embarrassing, and the American people deserve answers,” Mitchell said in remarks prepared for a hearing late Thursday. “I’m not convinced the Veterans Affairs Department is doing its part.”

March 9, 2007

House Dems face uphill battle over Iraq (AP) »

  • “Never confine your best work, your hopes, your dreams, the aspirations of the American people to what will be signed by George W. Bush, because that is too limiting a factor,” she said.
  • “It does send a message to the Iraqis that the patience of the American people is running out and that is helpful to my diplomacy,” Khalilzad told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” On the other hand, he said, “We don’t want to indicate that we’re going to leave imminently because that in turn could worsen the situation.” Copyright © 2007 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.

March 10, 2007

Gonzales, Mueller admit FBI broke law (AP) »

  • “We have some work to do to reassure members of Congress and the American people that we are serious about being responsible in the exercise of these authorities,” he said.

March 11, 2007

Bush met by Colombia red carpet, riots (AP) »

  • White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe noted Bush would meet with Colombians involved in various U.S programs “that help them reap the benefits of a democracy as well as demonstrate the compassion of the American people.”

March 12, 2007

No. 3 Senate Dem urges Gonzales to quit (AP) »

  • “I think Gonzales has lost the confidence of the vast majority of the American people,” he said. “I think he’s lost the confidence of the Congress.”

2008 candidates maximize media exposure (AP) »

  • “We are about a year away from presidential primaries, and already our airwaves, our newspapers, everything, every talk show is consumed with presidential candidates and presidential politics,” Hagel said. “I don’t know how long we can sustain this or how long the American people will find that entertaining.” Copyright © 2007 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.

March 14, 2007

Analysis: Bush can’t hide from woes (AP) »

  • Gonzales accepted the resignation of his top aide and responsibility. “I acknowledge that mistakes were made here,” he said, echoing the classic phrase from the Watergate era. On a round of television appearances Wednesday, Gonzales defended himself against the escalating political furor and said he had done a good job in the country’s top law enforcement job. But, he added, it was up to Bush whether he remains in the administration. “I work for the American people and serve at the pleasure of the president,” Gonzales said.

March 15, 2007

House concludes Sunshine Week (AP) »

  • The American people expect government employees to be wise stewards of their federal tax dollars and to be free of conflicts of interest,” Rep. Ike Skelton , D-Mo., said when the bill was approved earlier this week by the Armed Services Committee he chairs.

Republican says Gonzales should be fired (AP) »

  • “We need to have a strong, credible attorney general that has the confidence of Congress and the American people,” Sununu said. “Alberto Gonzales can’t fill that role.”

Iraqi leader assures Bush of progress (AP) »

  • An Iraqi leader told President Bush on Thursday that the latest security crackdown in his country is working, but cautioned it will take more time. He thanked the American people for supporting Iraq.

March 16, 2007

Analysis: Clinton talks about dark times (AP) »

  • “Everybody has personal issues,” Obama said in an interview. “And I think, ultimately, what people want to know is what are you going to do on behalf of the American people — and that’s how it should be.”

March 18, 2007

Gates sidesteps question on Pace apology (AP) »

  • Gates said Pace was a man of enormous principle and integrity and tremendous skill. “I think the American people are lucky to have him as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,” he said.

Giuliani defends firm’s work for Citgo (AP) »

  • “I’m a candidate who is moving up in the polls. I’m not way up there yet, but I’m moving,” Richardson said. “The American people and the people of New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Iowa, Nevada and South Carolina are going to decide who wins the Democratic nomination, not necessarily the national press in Washington, D.C.”

March 19, 2007

Text of President Bush’s speech on Iraq (AP) »

  • The terrorists could emerge from the chaos with a safe haven in Iraq to replace the one they had in Afghanistan, which they used to plan the attacks of September 11, 2001. For the safety of the American people, we cannot allow this to happen.

Iraq war’s anniversary sparks protests (AP) »

  • The American people want this war to end,” said Robbins, a frequent anti-war protest participant. “That’s the message they sent last November in the election. When are we going to start listening to them?”

Obama draws enthusiastic crowd in Okla. (AP) »

  • “It has to do with a politics that is petty, that is small, that is focused on calling folks names and cutting each other up instead of solving the problems of the American people,” Obama said.
  • “Every time the American people decide that things need to change, they change,” he said. “When a million voices come together and make a decision that we’re going to have change, we’re going to have change.” Copyright © 2007 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.

March 21, 2007

House Chairman Doubts Veto on TSA Unionization (U.S. News & World Report) »

  • "I don't know of a single instance where a labor issue has prevented law enforcement and security personnel at the federal level from doing their job to protect the American people," Thompson said in an interview with U.S. News, explaining his opposition to the McCaskill compromise.
  • "I would hope that the president would look at the realities of the threat we're facing and not play anti-union politics at the expense of making progress against major U.S. vulnerabilities," Thompson said. "If he vetoes [the bill], I think he'll create all sorts of complaints from the American people, who spoke during these elections. I'm hoping he sees the light." The date has not yet been set for a conference on the measure.

March 23, 2007

Cancer throws Edwards's White House bid into turmoil (AFP) »

  • "It's important that the American people have the opportunity to have a president like him."

House approves 2008 troop withdrawal from Iraq (Reuters) »

  • "The American people do not support a war without end andneither should this Congress," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, calling the Iraq war "a grotesque mistake."

Vilsack to endorse Clinton for president (AP) »

  • “Obviously he’s got credibility in Iowa and I think highly of him as a former governor. But my sense is this race will ultimately not be won, probably, on endorsements, but it will be more on who gives voice to the real hunger that the American people have for change right now,” Obama said in a telephone interview.

March 24, 2007

Bush: Dems should drop partisan politics (AP) »

  • “Members of Congress now face a choice: whether they will waste time and provoke an unnecessary confrontation, or whether they will join us in working to do the people’s business,” Bush said. “We have many important issues before us. So we need to put partisan politics aside and come together to enact important legislation for the American people.”

March 25, 2007

Cheney: House is undermining the troops (AP) »

  • The American people have lost faith in the president’s conduct of this war,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi , D-Calif., said after the passage. A message seeking comment was left with Pelosi’s office Saturday.

March 26, 2007

US Senate to debate troop pullout from Iraq (AFP) »

  • In a radio address Saturday, Representative Paul Hodes said the era of blank checks issued by Congress to the president was over and urged Bush to respond "by listening to the American people." Copyright © 2007 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.

Clinton opens up about attorney firings (AP) »

  • “I believe the American people are going to make this an issue,” said Clinton. “I believe we’re in a better position today to do that than we were in ‘93 and ‘94. … It’s one of the reasons I’m running for president.”

March 27, 2007

Gonzales aide won’t testify in Senate (AP) »

  • To that, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy , D-Vt., responded: “The American people are left to wonder what conduct is at the base of Ms. Goodling’s concern that she may incriminate herself in connection with criminal charges if she appears before the committee under oath.”

Mueller defends Patriot Act authority (AP) »

  • “We are committed to demonstrating to the committee, the Congress and the American people that we will correct the deficiencies,” Mueller said.
  • Republican Sens. Jeff Sessions of Alabama and Orrin Hatch of Utah opposed altering the law to curb FBI authority. “You’ve acknowledged the problems and pledged to fix them,” Hatch said. “That’s what Congress and the American people need.”

March 28, 2007

McCain to Obama: Iraq war is changing (AP) »

  • “To give visibility to someone — anyone — in America who did some of the things that they did is not dignified, in a way. I think the American people have made a judgment,” he said.

March 29, 2007

Senate OKs war bill with Iraq timeline (AP) »

  • “We’ve spoken the words the American people wanted us to speak,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid , D-Nev. “There must be a change of direction in the war in Iraq, the civil war in Iraq.”

Senate ties Iraq funds to pullout timetable (AFP) »

  • "The American people want our troops out, out, out of Iraq," said Democratic Senator Robert Byrd on the Senate floor after the vote.
  • "Let us sit down together to do what is right for the American people, to address the war in Iraq, so that we can bring it to an end and bring our troops home safely and soon," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi .

March 30, 2007

9/11 Presents Challenges for Giuliani (AP) »

  • “But when he runs on 9/11, I want the American people to know he was part of the problem.”

Analysis: Iraq disputes echo past fights (AP) »

  • “President Clinton was far more willing to work with Republicans, while President Bush has been combative,” said the document. “Moreover, in 1995 President Clinton was far more popular than President Bush is today and Democrats have the support and trust of the American people on Iraq, while the public opposed the Republican budget plans.”