”America cannot put its foot on the accelerator of war and advocate peace,” the Ohio lawmaker, who favors a withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, told several hundred cheering supporters in the chambers of the Cleveland City Council.
”George Bush and his administration have taken our country far off track. Even worse, they lack the honor and integrity to acknowledge their mistakes, to change direction and to give our country the fresh start it deserves.”
”My friends, you can’t fool all of the people all of the time,” Lieberman said. ”The people are tuning in. And they are catching on to the consequences of the Bush administration’s lack of integrity.”
In an interview aboard his campaign bus, Lieberman allowed that Bush is viewed as ”a good guy. What I’m saying here is he’s been a bad president.”
On the president’s tax cut policies, the Democratic presidential hopefuls can be divided into two camps — those who would roll back Bush’s entire tax cut package — as would Rep. Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean — and those who would retain tax cuts for the middle class but repeal cuts scheduled for wealthier Americans. Included in the latter group are retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark and Sens. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn.; John Kerry, D-Mass.; and John Edwards, D-N.C. …
Trade, however, continues to be a divisive issue among Democrats.
Dean and Gephardt have pushed for strict new environmental- and labor-standard conditions to be included in trade agreements. Following in the Clinton-Gore tradition, Kerry and Lieberman have aggressively defended free trade. …
All the candidates have called Bush fiscally irresponsible, and Dean, Edwards, Kerry, and Lieberman have emphasized as a top priority reducing the federal deficit, estimated at $374 billion in fiscal year 2003.
[article includes good links to candidates]
In week one, he gave conflicting statements on how he would have voted last October on the resolution authorizing force against Iraq. In week two, Democrats learned that he was still a registered lobbyist but not yet a registered Democrat. In week three, he tried out his third traveling press aide, his campaign manager quit and the Washington Post wondered whether he was violating federal election law by giving paid speeches. …
Clark sometimes confronts questions about whether he is “a Republican in disguise.” But his anti-Bush rhetoric is as sharp as any Democrat since birth. Bush will need “brothers in the 49 other states” to win in 2004, he says to cheers every time. And “if conservatives were compassionate, they wouldn’t have to put the adjective in front of it.”
The Washington Post summarizes some international reactions to Bush’s PR campaign. My favorite:
”Deaths deal their daily blows to pollyanna Bush,” declares a news story in the Sydney Morning Herald.
contacts By Nedra Pickler, Associated Press
In a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Friday, 76 percent of those surveyed
said the Bush administration should provide a list of all meetings any White House officials have had with Abramoff. Two in three
Republicans joined with eight in 10 Democrats and political independents in favoring disclosure, according to the poll.