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Wednesday, February 26, 2003


Dean draws fire from DeLay

posted by Chuckie at Wednesday, February 26, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
House majority leader Tom DeLay, a truly dispicable charachter and a chicken-hawk who claimed there were no spots for him in Vietnam because poor minorities had taken them all, attacks Gov. Dean for his stance on Iraq:

Meeting with reporters in his Capitol office, Mr. DeLay said the Democrats were pursuing a "reckless strategy" in fighting the war and singled out Dr. Dean, a presidential candidate who last week accused President Bush of trying to wage a unilateral war.

"I saw his speech on C-Span, and I think it was outrageous," Mr. DeLay said. "He either doesn't know what he's talking about when he says we're going to take unilateral action, or he's seriously uninformed, or he's just misleading the American people and his party."

Dr. Dean disqualified himself for national leadership, Mr. DeLay said, by suggesting that the decision to go to war should be made by the United Nations. "If he wants to be president of the United States, but subject the United States to decisions by the U.N., he lacks the sound judgment needed for responsible national leadership," Mr. DeLay said.

DeLay basically says that anyone who disagrees with his hard line is disqualified from the presidency, which is a novel view of the Constitution.

Talk about a badge of honor for Dean!


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