Voices in the News

A sound montage of some of the voices in the past week's news: David Morse, actor in Broadway's The Seafarer; Richard Kirby, stagehand for Hairspray on Broadway; Condoleezza Rice, U.S. Secretary of State; President George Bush; Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA), Republican presidential candidate; Rudy Giuliani, Republican presidential candidate and former mayor of New York City; Mike Huckabee, Republican presidential candidate and former governor of Arkansas.

LIANE HANSEN, host:

From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Liane Hansen.

And these were some of the voices in the news this past week.

Mr. DAVID MORSE (Actor): I, literally, at every show time, would rehearse to the show. I would say it out loud, try to have the same sort of energy, you know, keep the rhythm of the day going. Just the nighttime is when it all happens for us. So it's still, keep that light going because you never knew when it was going to end.

Mr. RICHARD KIRBY (Stagehand): My position is carpenter, stage right. Well, we're going to make sure that everything runs smoothly. We're probably going to run all our pieces and make it safe. Check up in the bridge. Check all the motors. Check all the pieces. Check all our automation. Make sure it safe for all our folks. We'll get back in the theatre. And we'll be up and running at the 7 o'clock curtain tonight. And we certainly will put the show on.

Secretary CONDOLEEZA RICE (U.S. State Department): The Annapolis conference has thus been the beginning, not the end, of a new, serious and substantive effort to achieve peace in the Middle East. This work will be hard. It involves risks and sacrifices for all concerned.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: In furtherance of the goal of two states, Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security, we agree to immediately launch good-faith bilateral negotiations in order to conclude a peace treaty, resolving all outstanding issues, including all core issues, without exception, as specified in previous agreements.

Mr. MITT ROMNEY (Former Republican Governor, Massachusetts): This just happens to be a difference between Mayor Giuliani and myself, and probably others on this stage as well, which is we're going to have to recognize in this country that we welcome people here legally. But the mayor said - and I quote almost verbatim - which is if you happen to be in this country in an undocumented status - and that means you're here illegally - then we welcome you here. That's the wrong attitude. And that's the course we're going to have to pursue.

Mr. RUDOLPH GIULIANI (Former Republican Mayor, New York City): It's unfortunate, but Mitt generally criticizes people in a situation in which he's had far the worst record. At his own home, illegal immigrants were being employed. So I would say he had sanctuary mansion, not just a sanctuary city.

Mr. MIKE HUCKABEE (Former Republican Governor, Arkansas): I have a great record on fiscal conservatism. But one thing I've learned, you know, when you get attacked, it's not always bad. It's like my old pastor used to tell me. When they're kicking you in the rear, it's just proving you're still out front.

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