Archive for August, 2007

August 1, 2007

House drops tougher auto fuel economy (AP) »

  • The American people in every region of the country overwhelmingly support stronger fuel efficiency standards” for motor vehicles, Pelosi said.

August 2, 2007

McCain changes course on immigration (AP) »

  • “We can still show the American people that we are serious about securing our nation’s border,” McCain said in a statement, adding that the new bill would “provide an essential step toward achieving comprehensive reform in the future.”

August 3, 2007

Gonzales still at odds with Congress (AP) »

  • “It is a deeply regrettable that it takes so much work and effort for this attorney general to try to justify answers that appear to remain far short of the full truth the American people should expect from the nation’s top law enforcement officer,” Leahy, D-Vt., said in a statement.

August 4, 2007

House to consider terrorism spy bill (AP) »

  • “Al-Qaida is not going on vacation this month,” said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. “And we can’t either until we know we’ve done our duty to the American people.”

McCain raps Congress for bridge collapse (AP) »

  • “I’m angry today because we just had a chance to reform this process in Washington and we punted,” said McCain. “We pushed off on the American people a joke and a sham in the name of earmark reform.”
  • “We just completed a joke and a sham on the American people with pretended reform that we just passed,” said McCain. “It does not attack seriously the earmark.”

Obama speaks to black leaders (AP) »

  • He told the audience that the American people are “hungry for change.”

August 6, 2007

Text of Bush and Karzai conference (AP) »

  • There’s still a fight going on, but I’m proud to report to the American people that the Afghan army is in the fight. The government’s in the fight, and the army’s in the fight.
  • Mr. President, I’m here today to, once again, thank you and the American people for all that you have done for Afghanistan: for our liberation first and then for our stability and prosperity.
  • I’ve been here many times before in America, thanking the American people for what they have given to Afghanistan. I’ve spoken of roads. I’ve spoken of schools. I’ve spoken of clinics. I’ve spoken of health services. I’ve spoken of education. I’ve spoken of agriculture. I’ve spoken of lots of achievements. I’ve also had requests for help that you have delivered to us.

Analysis: GOP rivals walk delicate line (AP) »

  • “They need to create some differences between themselves and the administration,” said Lampkin. “We’re at a critical point in making sure the American people are seeing differences.”

August 7, 2007

Democrats to focus on labor at forum (AP) »

  • The American people want to elect the person present who best articulates the solutions to what their issues are,” said AFL-CIO President John Sweeney. “If they don’t, you can rest assured that that candidate is going to end up at the bottom of their list.”

Obama, Edwards criticize Clinton (AP) »

  • Unveiling his trade policy at a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, union hall, Edwards argued that President Clinton allowed corporate insiders to shape the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement that has cost U.S. jobs. Swiping at the former president’s wife, Edwards said: “It’s time to have a president that always — always — puts the interests of the American people first.”

Edwards jabs at former President Clinton (AP) »

  • “It’s time that the president stood up and fought for American workers,” Edwards told a crowd of about 300 people at a union hall in Cedar Rapids. “It’s time to have a president that always puts the interests of the American people first.”

Praise for Unions, Moments of Disunity at Democrats’ AFL-CIO Forum ( »

  • Most Defensive Moment: During that same exchange, Obama told Dodd and Clinton they misunderstood his comments or “must not have read his speech.” He said he put his ideas about Pakistan on the table because, despite Clinton’s argument that presidents shouldn’t discuss such things, “the American people have the right to know. It is not just Washington insiders.”

August 8, 2007

Obama expresses sympathy for Musharraf (AP) »

  • “The American public needs to understand these issues because part of what’s at stake in this next, upcoming foreign policy debate is the need to shift resources out of Iraq, in part to attend to these problems,” Obama said. “If the American people don’t understand that this is where the real threat is, that we’re on the wrong battlefield right now, then we may get confused and elect a president who continues down the wrong road instead of the one that’s really going to make a difference in terms of our security.”

August 9, 2007

Iraq critics concede military progress (AP) »

  • “As our troops show some progress toward security, the government of this nation is moving in the opposite direction. This is really unsustainable with the American people,” Durbin said in an interview with National Public Radio.

August 10, 2007

South Carolina pushes up GOP primary (AP) »

  • “So, while we enter the holiday season, we’re going to have all these politicians all over the airwaves? I don’t think that’s going to be very acceptable to the American people, and I would caution all these states to rethink what they’re doing,” said Bob Bennett, the GOP chairman in Ohio, which holds its primary March 4. “This is silly.”

Obama defends foreign policy talk (AP) »

  • “She said, I don’t I think we should talk about it. Well, I think we should talk about it. I think the American people ought to have a debate about our foreign policy because it’s so messed up and if we don’t talk about it we’re going to end up repeating the same mistakes,” Obama told an audience at a conference of the National Association of Black Journalists.

August 11, 2007

Democrat Rep.: Troops need more rest (AP) »

  • “Calling for patience, at this point, I don’t believe is going to work with the American people,” she told reporters in a conference call from Germany on Friday.

August 13, 2007

Reaction to Karl Rove resignation (AP) »

  • “Karl Rove was an architect of a political strategy that has left the country more divided, the special interests more powerful, and the American people more shut out from their government than any time in memory.” — Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.
  • “Karl Rove’s resignation signals the final chapter in the Bush administration’s betrayal of the identity of a covert CIA officer. When this breach of national security occurred, the president promised the American people that anybody in his administration responsible for the leak would be removed. Rove, identified by the prosecutors as one of the leakers, not only was not summarily dismissed, but has been allowed to leave on his own terms, to praise from the president.” — Former Ambassdor Joseph Wilson, whose wife, Valerie Plame, was the CIA officer whose name was disclosed by Rove and others.

Karl Rove to leave White House (AP) »

  • “Karl Rove was an architect of a political strategy that has left the country more divided, the special interests more powerful, and the American people more shut out from their government than any time in memory,” Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama said.

August 15, 2007

Romney delineates his abortion stance (AP) »

  • He said in Iowa he supports the GOP platform because “it’s a very broad, encompassing view, and it suggests, as I believe, that our party should stand for life, and that there should be an effort to communicate that to the American people.” 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.

August 16, 2007

Obama rejects "conventional" foreign policy (AFP) »

  • "I'm running on my judgment and Ill tell the American people where I stand," Obama said according to remarks distributed by his campaign.

McCain: Immigration issue led to threats (AP) »

  • “It is unbelievable how this has inflamed the passions of the American people,” the Arizona senator said in remarks at The Aspen Institute, a public policy forum. In an interview, he declined to elaborate on the threats he had received.

Obama defends foreign policy statements (AP) »

  • “My call for a new foreign policy is based on the same thing that informed my opposition to the war in Iraq: common sense, not conventional Washington thinking,” Obama said. “I’m running on my judgment and I’ll tell the American people where I stand.”
  • “Think of what we can achieve together if we change the conventional thinking that’s squandering America’s reputation in the world,” said Obama. “We can have a foreign policy that the American people are proud of and set an example of leadership that inspires not hate, but hope, in forgotten corners of the world.”

Census Bureau wants to halt 2010 raids (AP) »

  • “I don’t know what country the Census Bureau is living in,” Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., said in a telephone interview from her district. “I can tell them the American people have grown sick and tired of their immigration laws not being enforced. They are not going to tolerate enforcement being suspended for any amount of time.”

August 19, 2007

Reagan adviser Michael Deaver dies (AP) »

  • A spokesman for President Bush, Gordon Johndroe, said Deaver “knew the importance in our democracy of communicating with the American people and he will be missed.”

Rove: Democrats, Clinton negatives high (AP) »

  • “I do think the Republican Party is more in keeping with the attitudes and values of the American people,” said President Bush’s departing chief political strategist. Congress’ approval in an Associated Press-Ipsos poll this month stood at 25 percent, compared with 35 percent for Bush.

August 20, 2007

71% Favor Requiring Foreign Visitors to Carry Universal ID Card (Rasmussen Reports) »

  • Immigration has already played an important role in Election 2008 by severely damaging the campaign of Arizona Senator John McCain. McCain aligned himself with President Bush and strongly backed the unpopular Senate immigration bill debated in June. Eventually, the President, McCain, and the Senate surrendered to the American people and shelved the "comprehensive" reform plan.

Biden airs first campaign ad in Iowa (AP) »

  • “With that kind of experience, I don’t want it if experience leads you to stop asking questions, if experience leads you to be hesitant about telling the truth to the American people about the challenges that we face,” Obama told voters later Sunday in New Hampshire.

Clinton, McCain woo veterans' group (Reuters) »

  • "The war in Iraq has not gone well and the American peoplehave grown sick and tired of it," said the Arizona Republicanseeking his party's presidential nomination but struggling inthe polls and fund-raising.

Obama says he can turn out black voters (AP) »

  • “Senator Obama is right and wrong,” said Edwards spokesman Chris Kofinis. “He’s right that the American people want change, but wrong about who will bring that change. Senator Edwards is the strongest Democratic nominee because it’s his bold transformational ideas that will increase turnout by 30 percent amongst African-Americans, whites, women and all Americans.”

August 21, 2007

Obama presidency a ‘stretch’ for voters (AP) »

  • “I think it’s fair that I’ve got to earn the confidence of the electorate,” Obama told AP. “What we’ve tried to do over the course of the last six months is make the case for change, and the American people are desperately hungry for change. The next four or five or six months will involve me making the case that not only am I the most effective change agent but I’m also equipped with the experience and judgment to be the next commander in chief.”

Bush tries to calm skittish investors (AP) »

  • “We’re going to work through this problem just fine,” Paulson said in an interview with CNBC. He urged patience as investors reassess their appetite for risk, saying: “There’s not going to be a quick solution” to some of the problems. “I think what the American people need to understand, these things take a while to play out.”

August 23, 2007

Warner: Bush should bring troops home (AP) »

  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the report confirms what most Americans already know: “Our troops are mired in an Iraqi civil war and the president’s escalation strategy has failed to produce the political results he promised to our troops and the American people.”

Report finds Iraqi government precarious (AP) »

  • “Our troops are mired in an Iraqi civil war and the president’s escalation strategy has failed to produce the political results he promised to our troops and the American people,” he said.

August 24, 2007

Edwards talks tough at Clinton, Obama (AP) »

  • The American people deserve to know that their presidency is not for sale. The Lincoln Bedroom is not for rent,” Edwards said to applause, referencing a Clinton-era controversy in which high-dollar donors were allowed to stay in the White House’s famed bedroom.

August 25, 2007

Bush: Iraqis working to secure country (AP) »

  • “We cannot expect the new strategy we are carrying out to bring success overnight,” he said in another plea for patience from the nation. “But by standing with the Iraqi people as they build their democracy, we will deliver a devastating blow to al-Qaida, we will help provide new hope for millions of people throughout the Middle East, we will gain a friend and ally in the war on terror, and we will make the American people safer.”

August 28, 2007

Edwards, Kucinich woo machinists union (AP) »

  • “If your tax dollars are being used to produce the products that keep America safe, that provide defense for the American people, those jobs should remain in the United States of America,” Edwards said.

Romney Focuses on Economy, Pledges to Cut Income, Company Taxes (Bloomberg) »

  • “I would love to see us not have abortion in this country,but that's not where the American people are,'' Romney said.“Therefore, I believe the right course for us at this point isto see Roe v. Wade overturned and to allow states to havereturned to them the abortion matter.''

August 29, 2007

Romney distances himself from Craig (AP) »

  • While Romney said Craig “disappointed the American people,” he didn’t call on Craig to resign from the Senate.

Bush tells New Orleans: `We understand’ (AP) »

  • “There’s still obstacles, and there’s still work to be done,” the president said. “But there’s been a lot of progress made, and that’s what people have go to understand. And I have come to this site — what we call Ground Zero, this is where the worst of the worst of the storm hit — to be able to show the American people that through their generosity, this infrastructure has been rebuilt.”

Presidential Race Returns to Protectionism, Mythic Reaganism (Bloomberg) »

  • University of Chicago economist Becker doesn't think theRepublicans' angle of attack will earn them many votes inNovember 2008. “If Republican candidates want to really go backto a small-government era and cut a lot of spending programslike health, they're going to find the American people aren'tinterested in that,'' he says.

August 30, 2007

GOP lawmakers seek Craig’s resignation (AP) »

  • “I think it’s important for Republicans to step out right now and say, ‘No, this behavior is not going to be tolerated,’” he said. “It’s not a judgment on gay rights or anything like that. This is about leadership and setting a standard that the American people and your colleagues in the Republican Party can feel good about.”

Candidates Return to Protectionism, Mythic Reaganism (Bloomberg) »

  • University of Chicago economist Becker doesn't think theRepublicans' angle of attack will earn them many votes inNovember 2008. “If Republican candidates want to really go backto a small-government era and cut a lot of spending programs likehealth, they're going to find the American people aren'tinterested in that,'' he says.