Archive for December, 2007

December 1, 2007

Dems fault own party in pitch to leaders (AP) »

  • The American people are on the outside,” he said. “And on the other side, on the inside, are the powerful, the well-connected and the very wealthy. … The truth is that it’s not just Republicans who built this wall. Democrats helped.”

December 2, 2007

Thompson warns of welfare state (AP) »

  • After warning of a government that gets “bigger and bigger,” he said “I don’t think the American people are going to turn the keys to this country over to the most left-wing part of a left-wing party next year.”

Paul expects over $12M in 4th quarter (AP) »

  • “People are ready for some changes,” Paul said. “It really tells me that although I had a great deal of concerns about the country, the American people were equally concerned and they are willing to put their money with a candidate who is willing to state these positions, all of these concerns, whether it is the foreign policy and coming home, or the irresponsible spending here.”

ANALYSIS: Both Iowa contests tight (AP) »

  • “My conservative message of faith, family, and freedom is resonating with the American people. They know it’s authentic,” Huckabee said in a statement Sunday, jabbing the former Massachusetts governor, who has battled charges of changing positions for political gain.

December 3, 2007

Obama seeks consumer credit guards (AP) »

  • “Many credit card companies are tricking Americans into agreements they can’t afford because that’s how they make big profits,” he said. “Well, no company’s bottom line should come before what’s right for the American people.”

December 4, 2007

Dem rivals assail Clinton on Iran vote (AP) »

  • “We do not deputize the American people to do the job that the federal government is supposed to do,” Obama said.

Bush, Democrats tussle over war money (AP) »

  • “Democrats want to work with the president, yet he continues to engage in the same tired rhetoric that does not serve the best interests of the American people,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

December 5, 2007

Obama: Expand national service programs (AP) »

  • Obama evoked the memory of President Kennedy and his Peace Corps volunteers, saying, “JFK made their service a bridge to the developing world.” Despite growing anti-Americanism around the world, he said, “the American people are not the problem, they are the answer.”

December 6, 2007

Text of Romney’s speech (AP) »

  • Some believe that such a confession of my faith will sink my candidacy. If they are right, so be it. But I think they underestimate the American people. Americans do not respect respecters — excuse me — believers of convenience.

Romney vows to serve ‘the common cause’ (AP) »

  • Romney said some believe that a forthright embrace of his religion will “sink my candidacy. If they are right, so be it. But I think they underestimate the American people.”

Huckabee keeps faith views to himself (AP) »

  • “I think it’s a good thing and healthy for all of us for people to discuss faith in the public square,” Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas, said outside a private fundraiser. “I have nothing but respect for his coming forth and sharing what he did. I’ve been very clear about my own personal views. I think all of us who seek the office of president should be candid with the American people.”

December 7, 2007

Huckabee declines theology discussion (AP) »

  • “I think it’s a good thing and healthy for all of us for people to discuss faith in the public square,” Huckabee said, adding that he hadn’t seen the speech. “I have nothing but respect for his coming forth and sharing what he did. I’ve been very clear about my own personal views. I think all of us who seek the office of president should be candid with the American people.”

December 8, 2007

Democrats: GOP must stop stonewalling (AP) »

  • Durbin said GOP lawmakers are acting as if it is to their party’s benefit to block progress on issues that are important to the American people.

Edwards condemns NAFTA (AP) »

  • “NAFTA was sold to the American people with promises that it would grow the economy and create millions of new jobs. But today, we know those promises were empty,” he said. “In all three countries, it has hurt workers and families while helping corporate insiders.”

Richardson, Kucinich in Nevada (AP) »

  • “The Congress has not responded to the American people. They haven’t ended the war, they made deals on torture,” he said.

December 9, 2007

US Republican hopefuls get tough with Chavez, Cuba (AFP) »

  • "I think Chavez is going in actually the opposite direction" of where the Latin American people are headed, he said, adding that Chavez was repeating in Venezuela what ailing communist leader Fidel Castro had done in Cuba.

December 12, 2007

U.S. Resists Calls for Emission Cuts, Threatening Climate Talks (Bloomberg) »

  • “The U.S. has stalled everything here,'' said DanielMittler, climate policy adviser to Greenpeace, in an interviewon Bali. “The last thing governments should do here is give into the posturing of an administration that does not representthe American people and will be out of office when governmentshave to sign on the dotted line.''

Obama endorsed by Rep. Betty McCollum (AP) »

  • “We need a president who can unite the American people to confront the serious challenges facing our nation, especially ending the war in Iraq, and that is Barack Obama,” McCollum, a Democrat, says in a statement released by Obama’s campaign.

GOP contenders say cut federal spending (AP) »

  • “The sacrifice we need from the American people is saying, ‘Let the programs go that don’t work. Don’t lobby for them forever,” said former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, one of nine GOP presidential hopefuls sharing an Iowa debate stage little more than three weeks before the state’s caucuses provide the first test of the campaign.

December 13, 2007

Clinton adviser: Obama drug use concern (AP) »

  • A campaign spokeswoman, Kathleen Strand, earlier had said “Senator Clinton is out every day talking about the issues that matter to the American people. These comments were not authorized or condoned by the campaign in any way.”
  • “Hillary Clinton said attacking other Democrats is the fun part of this campaign, and now she’s moved from Barack Obama’s kindergarten years to his teenage years in an increasingly desperate effort to slow her slide in the polls. Senator Clinton’s campaign is recycling old news that Barack Obama has been candid about in a book he wrote years ago, and he’s talked about the lessons he’s learned from these mistakes with young people all across the country. He plans on winning this campaign by focusing on the issues that actually matter to the American people.”

Candidates’ New Year’s resolutions (AP) »

  • Hillary Rodham Clinton: Spend time with her family, exercise, do the best job she can in the campaign, rebuild the optimism of the American people, run a campaign people can get behind, go into the White House ready to serve.

Democratic debate quotes (AP) »

  • _On energy independence: “I think fuel efficiency standards in this country should be 50 miles per gallon, not 35. I think that’s pathetic. I think we need to have 30 percent renewable sources in all our electricity by the year 2020. … Reduce our consumption of oil by 50 percent by having flex-fuel vehicles — 50 miles per gallon. Also we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And I would do so by 90 percent with a cap-and-trade program. But, most importantly, it’s going to take the American people. And it’s going to take a president on a bully pulpit asking the American people to sacrifice a little bit, and I will. And that means being more sensitive to mass transit, to appliances, to air conditioning, to the way we live. And if we all do this without mandates, but we all do this, we can reduce our dependence on foreign oil, which is enormously unhealthy.” 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.

Obama wants to aid many who feel ignored (AP) »

  • “The dream that so many people fought for so many years feels like it is slipping away, and you know it in your own lives. Americans are working harder and harder for less,” he said, adding that “they don’t feel as if anybody is listening to them, they don’t feel as if Washington is responsible to the concerns of the American people.

December 14, 2007

Two more staff departures at White House (AP) »

  • Bush said McGurn “has worked tirelessly to help communicate my agenda to the American people and the world. Bill is a serious thinker and a gifted writer whose command of language and knowledge of history have helped shape a wide variety of my speeches.”

Is Richardson ‘Too Real?’ (AP) »

  • The American people want candor,” Richardson said during the first Democratic presidential debate. “They don’t want blow-dried candidates with perfection.”

December 15, 2007

Edwards cites fight for party’s soul (AP) »

  • “We need a president who says to the American people that corporate greed and corporate power is not going to stop us any more,” Edwards said. “I do actually believe we have an enormous fight in front of us.”

Bush Administration Shows `Bunker Mentality,’ Huckabee Says (Bloomberg) »

  • American foreign policy “needs to better explain Islamicjihadism to the American people,'' Huckabee wrote. “If they arewilling to kill their own children by letting them detonatesuicide bombs, then they will also be willing to kill ourchildren for their misguided cause.''

December 16, 2007

Thompson seeks to boost popularity (AP) »

  • Thompson’s straightforward style shone through when he said: “I’m going to take a chance on telling the truth to the American people. Our entitlement programs, by 2040 or so, we’re going to eat up our entire budget.” Then he said he would fix the problems.

December 18, 2007

Senate OKs $70B for Iraq, Afghanistan (AP) »

  • “The omnibus bill largely yields to the president’s top-line budget numbers, but it also addresses some of the bottom-line priorities of the American people,” said Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. “The Grinch tried to steal Christmas, but we didn’t let him get all of it.”

December 19, 2007

Obama pledges help on health coverage (AP) »

  • “I know I can fix it if I’ve got the American people knowing it’s got to be fixed.”

December 20, 2007

Edwards touts rural ties (AP) »

  • “What it takes is a president who uses the bully pulpit to bring the American people behind them,” he said. “This is not rocket science. The rich are getting richer and what happened to the middle class. We need to have the strength and backbone to stand up to them.

December 21, 2007

Today on the presidential campaign trail (AP) »

  • “This is exactly the type of fiscal irresponsibility that the American people have demanded that those in Washington end. Yet, this bill brings the total number of earmarks Congress has approved this year to nearly 11,900 earmarks,” said the former Massachusetts governor.

December 24, 2007

US Senate stays in session to block Bush (AFP) »

  • "Presidential nominations for important positions within the Executive Branch should be carefully considered and debated before the Senate in order to ensure that the most qualified individuals are serving the American people," Webb said in a statement.

December 27, 2007

US presidential race enters home stretch ahead of Iowa contest (AFP) »

  • "You know, telling the American people what they want to hear instead of what they need to hear just won't do," Obama said.

December 28, 2007

Obama jabbing from defensive stance (AP) »

  • “Ten months later, Iowa, my faith in you has been vindicated,” he said. “My faith in the American people has been justified.”

Adwatch: Obama unveils 2 ads in Iowa (AP) »

  • SCRIPT: Obama: “I’m Barack Obama and I approve this message. America is listening. Not just Democrats, but Republicans and independents who’ve lost trust in their government, but want to believe again. I am in this race to tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over. I have done more than any other candidate in this race to take on lobbyists, and I have won. They have not funded my campaign and they will not drown out the voices of the American people when I am president. I’m in this race to take those tax breaks away from companies that are moving jobs overseas and put them in the pockets of hardworking Americans who deserve it. I want to stop talking about the outrage of 47 million Americans without health care and start actually doing something about it. That’s why I’m running, Iowa. Your future is our future and our moment is now.”

Romney unveils ads against 2 rivals (AP) »

  • “We are going to show that a positive campaign works. If it doesn’t, the American people will decide they like negative, nasty, untrue, dishonest advertising,” he said.

December 30, 2007

Clinton preaches, then runs (AP) »

  • “I think the American people need a president who is their champion. And I’ve been running to be that champion — to get up every single day and do all that I can to make sure I provide the tools that every single American is entitled to receive and make the most out of their own lives,” Clinton said.