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Thursday, February 06, 2003


Democratic reaction to Powell's UN presentation is generally unanimous

posted by annatopia at Thursday, February 06, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Across the nation, Democrats and Republicans alike lined up to give kudos to Colin Powell's UN presentation. All the candidates in the field stated that Powell made a "compelling" case against Iraq. Presidential hopeful Joe Lieberman was the only Democrat to suggest that unilateral action was acceptable in this case (this is something we've come to expect from the right-of-center Democrat). Other hopefuls such as John Kerry and Richard Gephart stressed that international cooperation was paramount. Governor Howard Dean agreed that Powell had made a compelling presentation, but stressed that he feels Bush still has not made the case for immediate, unilateral action. He was also the only candidate to suggest that pursuing action in Iraq should come second to quashing global terrorism, which he calls "a far greater danger to the United States".


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