Archive for July, 2007

July 2, 2007

Reaction to Bush’s Libby decision (AP) »

  • “This is exactly the kind of politics we must change so we can begin restoring the American people’s faith in a government that puts the country’s progress ahead of the bitter partisanship of recent years.” — Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.
  • “It is time for the American people to be heard — I call for all Americans to flood the White House with phone calls tomorrow expressing their outrage over this blatant disregard for the rule of law.” — Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del.
  • “By commuting Scooter Libby’s sentence, the president continues to abdicate responsibility for the actions of his administration. The only ones paying the price for this administration’s actions are the American people.” — Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn.

July 3, 2007

Analysis: Bush keeps pardon issue alive (AP) »

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called Bush’s decision on Libby “betrayal of trust of the American people,” representative of the sharp criticism leveled in general by Democrats.

Iowa overrun by presidential candidates (AP) »

  • “It’s been too long since the American people have been able to come together around a sense of common purpose,” Obama said. “People look at the challenges and say we can’t continue to keep going down the path we’re on.”

July 4, 2007

Candidates march in Iowa July 4th parade (AP) »

  • Meanwhile, Sen. Barack Obama, who also was campaigning in Iowa, said he likes and respects former President Clinton but thinks the American people want fresh ideas in the current race for the White House.
  • “What we’re more interested in is in looking forward, not looking backward,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I think the American people feel the same way. They are looking for a way to break out of the harsh partisanship and the old arguments and solve problems.”
  • “You know that you who have endured the dangers and deprivations of war so that the worst thing would not befall us, so that America might be secure in our freedom,” McCain said. “As you know, the war in which you have fought has divided the American people. But it But it has divided no American in their admiration for you. We all honor you.”

July 5, 2007

Obama says he is emissary for change (AP) »

  • “I admire Bill Clinton, I think he did a lot of fine things as president and he’s a terrific political strategist,” the Illinois senator said. “What we’re more interested in is in looking forward, not looking backward. I think the American people feel the same way. They are looking for a way to break out of the harsh partisanship and the old arguments and solve problems.”
  • “The president has stubbornly denied the facts on the ground there for a long time,” said Obama. “That’s not what that the American people are looking for.” 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.

White House raps congressional probes (AP) »

  • “All of those things are important issues that we think the American people care about and would like to see Congress move forward on.”

July 7, 2007

Rep. Dingell floats ‘carbon tax’ plan (AP) »

  • “I sincerely doubt that the American people are willing to pay what this is really going to cost them,” Dingell, D-Mich., said in an interview Friday on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers,” which is to air Sunday.

July 8, 2007

Democrats playing trump card more often (AP) »

  • “We have spent a lot of time on the Republicans delaying what the American people want us to do, and that is legislate,” Reid said in a testy exchange with Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the minority leader.

July 9, 2007

Sheehan challenges Pelosi to back Bush impeachment (Reuters) »

  • Sheehan said Bush and Cheney should be impeached for lyingto the American people about Iraq and anti-terrorism policiesthat she believes violate U.S. law and international treatiesbanning torture.

July 10, 2007

Bush under pressure from US Senate to consider withdrawal from Iraq (AFP) »

  • He said he would not announce his position on various Senate measures aimed at changing Iraq strategy until he had heard from Bush, but hoped the president would address the American people directly.
  • "Look, the president understands the American people are frustrated," a senior official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Post.

New shakeup for troubled McCain campaign (AFP) »

  • "In the days and weeks ahead, this campaign will move forward, and I will continue to address the issues of greatest concern to the American people, laying out my vision for a secure and prosperous America."

Top two aides quit McCain's 2008 campaign (Reuters) »

  • "In the days and weeks ahead this campaign will moveforward, and I will continue to address the issues of greatestconcern to the American people," McCain said in a statement.

July 11, 2007

Excerpts from the Sara M. Taylor hearing (AP) »

  • “It’s apparent that this White House is contemptuous of the Congress and feels it does not have to explain itself to anyone, not to the people’s representatives in Congress nor to the American people.

Bush refuses to explain Libby order (AP) »

  • Wilson said Bush “at the very least owes the American people a full and honest explanation of his actions and those of other senior administration officials in this matter, including but not limited to the vice president.”

July 12, 2007

Obama draws cheers at NAACP convention (AP) »

  • The American people don’t feel that when they go vote their vote counts,” New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said.

July 13, 2007

Kucinich lashes out at limiting debates (AP) »

  • “Imperial candidates are as repugnant to the American people and to our democracy as an imperial president,” Kucinich said, adding that his campaign would take steps to stop any effort to limit participation in the forums.

Kucinich rips Edwards on debate remarks (AP) »

  • “If you are truly seeking debates where there are fewer participants and where there is more meaningful and serious discourse, this is a great opportunity for us to join together in an open discussion on behalf of the American people,” the letter said.

July 14, 2007

Obama: Shift troops to fight al-Qaida (AP) »

  • “When I am president of the United States I will make this pledge: Nobody will work harder to go after those terrorists who will do the American people harm,” Obama said. “But that requires a commander in chief who understands our troops need to be on the right battlefield, not the wrong battlefield.”

July 16, 2007

Interest flares for Thompson’s papers (AP) »

  • But he also told the Eagle Forum in a 1994 questionnaire, “I do not believe abortion should be criminalized. This battle will be won in the hearts and souls of the American people.”

McCain rejects GOP Iraq measure (AP) »

  • “I don’t think it satisfies the American people, his answer,” she said.

July 17, 2007

Edwards pushes better education for poor (AP) »

  • “There are multiple examples; just one is the fact that they have illegally spied on the American people in blatant disregard for the law,” he told AirAmerica radio when asked if there were grounds for impeachment.

July 18, 2007

Townsend: al-Qaida plots new attack (AP) »

  • “There’s no question that there’s a very determined enemy that wants to come back and do us harm,” she said. “What this report tells us, the American people have to understand, is that al-Qaida is a determined enemy and we have to be equally determined to go after them.”

Bush threatens to veto insurance measure (AP) »

  • “If Congress continues to insist upon expanding health care through the SCHIP program — which, by the way, would entail a huge tax increase for the American people — I’ll veto the bill,” he said.

Bush creates import safety panel (AP) »

  • “It’s important for the American people to know their government is on top of this situation and constantly reviewing procedures and practices,” Bush said after his first meeting with the Working Group on Import Safety.
  • “This is a serious issue — food safety and consumer safety is a serious issue. We take it seriously,” Bush said. “The American people expect their government to work tirelessly to make sure consumer products are safe. And that’s precisely what my administration is doing.”

July 19, 2007

US Democrats vow to fight on after defeat of Iraq pullout bill (AFP) »

  • "We have a lot of other arrows in our quiver, and our quiver's filled with the wishes of the American people," Reid said.

July 20, 2007

Anti-War Bloc in House Vows to Oppose Further Iraq Funding ( »

  • “We agree with a clear and growing majority of the American people who are opposed to continued, open-ended U.S. military operations in Iraq,” the anti-war bloc, led by California Democrats Lynn Woolsey and Barbara Lee, wrote in a letter to President Bush Thursday. Woolsey and Lee co-chair the Out of Iraq Caucus.

Bush alters rules for CIA interrogations (AP) »

  • “Simply put, the information developed by our program has been irreplaceable,” he said. “If the CIA, with all its expertise in counterterrorism, had not stepped forward to hold and interrogate people like (senior al-Qaida operatives) Abu Zubaydah and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the American people would be right to ask why.”

July 21, 2007

Analysis: GOP senators nervous about war (AP) »

  • “Time and the American people are … on our side,” Sen. Harry Reid, the majority leader, said last week. The Nevada Democrat spoke in defeat, after Republicans — whatever their private misgivings — blocked a final vote on a troop withdrawal deadline.

Romney scales back straw poll plans (AP) »

  • “There are a lot of things we need to do, and I am convinced we will be successful in doing them, but we’ll do it not by turning left as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and John Edwards would do, but by instead turning to strengthen the American people,” he said.

July 22, 2007

U.S. force not ruled out in Pakistan (AP) »

  • “Job No. 1 is to protect the American people. There are no options off the table,” she said.

U.S. force not ruled out in Pakistan (AP) »

  • “Job No. 1 is to protect the American people. There are no options off the table,” she said. Townsend also said, “No question that we will use any instrument at our disposal” to deal with al-Qaida and its leader, Osama bin Laden.

Sen. Feingold proposes censuring Bush (AP) »

  • “We have a lot of work to do,” Reid said. “The president already has the mark of the American people — he’s the worst president we ever had. I don’t think we need a censure resolution in the Senate to prove that.”

July 23, 2007

Spy chief defends interrogation tactics (AP) »

  • When asked if the permissible techniques would be troubling to the American people if the enemy used them against a U.S. citizen, McConnell said: “I would not want a U.S. citizen to go through the process. But it is not torture, and there would be no permanent damage to that citizen.”

US House votes to renew import restrictions on Myanmar (AFP) »

  • "The passage of this resolution shows that the American people will continue to stand with Aung San Suu Kyi and the freedom-seeking people of Burma in their just cause," Pelosi said.

Obama, Clinton clash in YouTube debate (Reuters) »

  • "Yes, it is politics. The Democrats have failed theAmerican people," he said.

Dems face blunt questions on Iraq, draft (AP) »

  • Asked if Democrats are playing politics with the war, Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio said yes. “The Democrats have failed the American people,” he said.

July 24, 2007

Bush warns al-Qaida in Iraq a threat (AP) »

  • In Washington, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., said Bush “is trying to scare the American people into believing that al Qaida is the rationale for continuing the war in Iraq.” But Kerry said Bush presented no new evidence to back that up, and added: “The president is picking the wrong rationale for this war. Al-Qaida is not the principal killer of American forces in Iraq.”

July 26, 2007

Analysis: Democrats aim high in agenda (AP) »

  • “Republicans on both sides of the Capitol are in a mode of delay. I think they fear we will pass our agenda, which the American people supports,” said Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the House majority leader.

July 28, 2007

Congress sends security bill to Bush (AP) »

  • Former Rep. Lee Hamilton, D-Ind., the vice chair of the 9/11 Commission, said with enactment of the bill some 80 percent of the panel’s recommendations will have been met. “The bottom line is that the American people will be safer,” he said.

Pelosi touts progress on 9/11 bill (AP) »

  • “The threat of terrorist violence against the United States is growing. Al-Qaida is gaining strength, and Osama bin Laden continues to elude capture,” Pelosi said. “There is not a moment to spare to take the steps necessary to keep the American people safe.”

July 29, 2007

Internet leader Google prime stop for presidential hopefuls (AFP) »

  • As a company Google has become more active politically and has invited all presidential candidates to swing through Mountain View south of San Francisco for what chief executive Eric Schmidt has called "a job interview with the American people."

July 30, 2007

Senators Allege Possible Perjury by Gonzales ( »

  • “The disagreement that occurred, and the reason for the visit to the hospital, Senator, was about other intelligence activities,” Gonzales said under questioning by Specter. “It was not about the terrorist surveillance program that the president announced to the American people,” the attorney general said.