Archive for May, 2007
May 1, 2007
- “If the president wonders why the American people have lost patience, it is because the news out of Iraq grows worse by the day,” Reid said.
- “The American people want them out. The Iraqis want them out. The world wants us out of Iraq, and it’s going to happen,” Murtha told NBC’s “Today” show Tuesday. “The president better plan for redeployment or he’s going to have the kind of chaos he’s predicting.”
- Rep. David Obey , D-Wis., described as “nonsense” Bush’s statement about the spending being unnecessary and added, “I don’t think the American people would agree.”
- “Congress should not back down from this president at all on this issue,” Edwards told reporters as Bush prepared to veto the bill calling for withdrawal. “The president is wrong. He’s on the wrong course. The American people support what the Congress is doing. They believe that America needs to be withdrawing from Iraq and we should give no ground.”
May 2, 2007
- We saw the death and destruction al-Qaida inflicted on our people when they were permitted a safe haven in Afghanistan. For the security of the American people, we must not allow al-Qaida to establish a new safe haven in Iraq.
May 4, 2007
- "We should be raising fuel economy, shifting to renewablefuels such as cellulosic ethanol, deploying technology to boostefficiency, reducing our need for additional power plants. Withscientists, business and the American people all supportingaction, Congress needs to get on board with real solutionstoday."
- “We need a new policy and strategy,'' he said. “Someparameters have to be put around our continued involvement therebecause if we don't do that, we send the wrong signal to theIraqis and we send the wrong signal to the American people thatwe're not listening to them.''
- Sen. Gordon Smith of Oregon, one of two Senate Republicans to oppose the latest spending bill for the conflict, said the war “is a problem because it’s defining our party to the American people, and the American people have lost faith in this cause.”
May 5, 2007
- “I like to think of (seeking) the presidency as a job interview with the American people,” Schmidt, who moderates the sessions, told McCain. “And you’re also sort of interviewing with Google. It’s hard to get a job at Google.” The company famously demands college transcripts and high grades; Schmidt’s staff whooped at the indirect praise.
May 6, 2007
- “Whoever the two nominees are, they should agree in advance to 90-minute dialogue time keeper, but no moderator 90 minutes a week, for nine weeks, from Labor Day to the election. Let the American people have in their living room a chance to see two adults.”
May 8, 2007
- Bush replied, “I can’t top that one” and went on to say “the friendship between the British and American people is one of the oldest and most enduring in history.”
May 10, 2007
- “I do not believe that the fact that Governor Romney is a Mormon will have the slightest impact nor should it have any impact on the judgment of the American people as to who their president should be,” said McCain, an Episcopalian. “I soundly reject that notion.”
May 11, 2007
- “The one thing I remember the most was that grizzled fireman, coming out of the burning debris, hunched over, absolute determination,” said Biden, of Delaware. “That one photograph lifted America off its knees. That one image was the most profound image about the determination and the grit of the entire American people that ever was shown during that event.”
May 12, 2007
- In a statement posted on its Web site this week, Democratic National Committee spokesman Damien LaVera said “what the American people are really looking for is a clear plan to end the war in Iraq.”
- “I am optimistic we can pass a comprehensive immigration bill and get this problem solved for the American people this year,” Bush said in his weekly radio address.
- “The American people will be watching and waiting to see if the Senate can come together on immigration reform and strike the right balance between strengthening our security and our economy and enacting laws that uphold the humanity and dignity of those who come here seeking a better life,” Kennedy said.
- “Congress’ real power to end this war is to use its funding power. But while that’s Congress’ only real power, it is not the only power in America,” Edwards said in a commencement speech at New England College. “The irresistible power of America lies in your hands, in the hands of the American people.”
- Obama spokesman Reid Cherlin responded: “Senator Obama is focused on getting the 16 votes we need to override the president’s veto and end this war. He’s been encouraging people across the country to hold their elected officials accountable in respecting the will of the American people to end this war and bring our troops home.”
May 14, 2007
- “The troops in Iraq today, and their families, continue to sacrifice beyond what any of us have any right to ask. So it is certainly not too much to ask that the American people sacrifice some part of Memorial Day weekend in return to honor and remember all those who have gone before in service to our country … and to take some small action to let our government know that we support our troops today.
- "The American people deserve to have the Senate go on record about whether or not it wants to end our misguided mission in Iraq and safely redeploy our brave troops."
- “When it comes to energy and the environment, the American people expect common sense and they expect action,” the president said in a Rose Garden appearance before reporters. “We’re taking action by taking the first steps toward rules that will make our economy stronger, our environment cleaner and our nation more secure for generations to come.”
May 15, 2007
- “The American people deserve to have the Senate go on record about whether or not it wants to end our misguided mission in Iraq and safely redeploy our brave troops,” Feingold, D-Wis. said in a statement.
May 16, 2007
- However, I think that we have to have an honest discussion with the American people about this. We have to ask ourselves this question: Are we prepared to have Iran have a nuclear weapon?”
- “The American people deserve an attorney general, the chief law enforcement officer of our country, whose honesty and capability are beyond question,” Hagel, R-Neb., said in a statement. “Attorney General Gonzales can no longer meet this standard. He has failed this country. He has lost the moral authority to lead.”
- "Simply withdrawing on a timetable is not something that the American people or for that matter Democrats and Republicans in the Senate support," spokesman Tony Snow said.
May 17, 2007
- “It is an important part of protecting the United States,” Bush said. “No matter how calm it may seem here in America, an enemy lurks, and they would like to strike, they would like to do harm to the American people.”
- “The American people want to understand our plans for ending this war,” Biden wrote in both letters, which called for a 90-minute debate on Iraq policy.
- “With this bill, the American people are going to think they are being sold the same bill of goods as before on border security,” Thompson said in a statement.
- “From the beginning Mayor Giuliani has been straightforward with the American people about where he stands on the issues,” said Maria Comella, a Giuliani spokeswoman. “It is a sign of leadership to speak honestly about your beliefs even when it is not politically expedient.”
May 20, 2007
- "Whether it was the torture memo, whether it's Guantanamo, whether it's Geneva Convention, whether it's US attorneys, whether it's 'I don't know, I can't recall' — over a department as major as this, I don't think the American people are well served," she said.
May 21, 2007
- "As president I will make sure that the American people areled with the following ideas: diplomacy and negotiation first,diplomacy second and diplomacy third," he said.
May 22, 2007
- "A year is more campaigning than the American people needto endure," he said.
- “They know this is an issue that concerns us and concerns the American people,” said Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez.
- “I think it’s a matter of national security,” McCain said, “and to do nothing to leave the status quo would be an abrogation of our responsibilities to the American people.”
- “I hope the American people can convince their senators that the status quo is totally unacceptable,” he said. “They expect us to act. They expect us to be legislators.”
- “It sends a message to the American people that our ethics rules are meaningless, and that it is okay for members of Congress to be threatened and intimidated when they try to crack down on wasteful spending.”
- “We’re going to continue our battle, and that’s what it is, to represent the American people like they want us to represent them, to change the course of the war in Iraq,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.
May 23, 2007
- "Its a bumper sticker, not a plan. It has damaged our alliances and weakened our standing in the world — its been used to justify everything from the Iraq War to Guantanamo to illegal spying on the American people."
May 24, 2007
- Thompson also appears to have shifted his emphasis. A year ago, he said deporting all illegal immigrants “is not going to happen” and appeared to advocate a comprehensive approach. Thompson now says, “We should scrap this bill and the whole debate until we can convince the American people that we have secured the borders or at least have made great headway.”
- “It is the sense of the Senate that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales no longer holds the confidence of the Senate and of the American people,” reads a draft of the resolution.
- “In the last election, the American people sent Congress a very strong and unambiguous message: that it’s time to change the way that Washington does business,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen , D-Md., chairman of his party’s 2008 House campaign committee, said during Thursday’s debate.
May 25, 2007
- "Voting against our troops during a time of war shows the American people that the leaders of the Democrat Party will abandon principle in favor of political positioning."
- “Voting against our troops during a time of war shows the American people that the leaders of the Democrat Party will abandon principle in favor of political positioning,” he said in a statement. He said the votes defined the two Democrats’ lack of leadership on national security and “render them undependable.”
- “We should scrap this bill and the whole debate until we can convince the American people that we have secured the borders or at least have made great headway,” Thompson said last week.
May 26, 2007
- He urged the American people to give “Plan A” a chance, noting that the full five brigades that make up the current troop buildup have not all arrived in Iraq.
- “I have tried to discourage my Republican colleagues from saying that September is some kind of seminal moment,” said McCain. “I am aware the American people are frustrated. I share that frustration. I don’t think the American people are aware of the consequences of failure.”
May 27, 2007
- “I want to know what you’re thinking on one of the most important questions of this campaign,” Clinton said in a mock-serious tone during the initial video. “It’s something we’ve been struggling with, debating, agonizing over for months. So now I’m turning to you, the American people.”
May 28, 2007
- After six months at the congressional helm, Democrats are also upbeat about having made "progress on key issues for the American people," according to Pelosi.
- “Last November, the American people said they were frustrated and wanted a change in our strategy in Iraq,” he said April 24, ahead of a veto showdown with congressional Democrats over their desire to legislation a troop withdrawal timeline. “I listened. Today, General David Petraeus is carrying out a strategy that is dramatically different from our previous course.”
- It was the same the next day in Michigan. “If you make decisions based upon the latest opinion poll, you won’t be thinking long-term strategy on behalf of the American people,” the president said.
May 29, 2007
- “In the richest nation on Earth, it is simply not right that the skyrocketing profits of the drug and insurance industries are paid for by the skyrocketing premiums that come from the pockets of the American people,” he said.
- Romney has announced his strong opposition to the immigration bill and Giuliani called it a "hodgepodge
without any central focus." Thompson said "We should scrap this bill and the whole debate until we can convince the American people that we have secured the borders or at least have made great headway." Most Americans are willing to support an enforcement-only approach at this time.
May 30, 2007
- “My experience working with him on the subject of Darfur tells me that I know that he cares about that issue, which is very important to the American people,” she said. “He’s sensitive to the need to alleviate poverty there, to resolve conflict in a peaceful way. … I have been impressed by what he has done so far.”
- “My experience working with him on the subject of Darfur tells me that I know that he cares about that issue, which is very important to the American people,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi , D-Calif. “He’s sensitive to the need to alleviate poverty there, to resolve conflict in a peaceful way. … I have been impressed by what he has done so far.”
- “When I took office, an HIV diagnosis in Africa’s poorest communities was usually a death sentence. Parents watched their babies die needlessly because local clinics lacked effective treatments,” the president said. “Once again, the generosity of the American people is one of the great untold stories of our time.”