Voices in the News

John Sifton, executive director of One World Research; David Reems, attorney for Guantanamo detainees; Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR); Sen. John Edwards (D-NC); Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City; Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) with daughters Malia and Natasha Obama; President George Bush; Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), minority leader; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

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. JOHN SIFTON (Executive Director, One World Research): It's quite amazing that tapes exist and there's more clamor than that what's on them. The fact is the tapes are in the possession of the CIA, and that's a big story.

Mr. DAVID REEMS (Guantanamo Bay Detainees' Lawyer): We believe that where there's smoke, there's fire.. And when a litigant destroyed evidence or potentially relevant evidence, that raises a general question of its handling of other evidence that we don't know about.

Mr. MIKE HUCKABEE (Former Republican Governor, Arizona; Presidential Candidate): Are you about worn out of all the television commercials you've been seeing? At this time of year, sometimes it's nice to pull aside from all of that and just remember that what really matters is the celebration of the birth of Christ.

Mr. JOHN EDWARDS (Former Democratic Senator, North Carolina; Presidential Candidate): One out of every four homeless people on our streets is a veteran. Thirty-seven million Americans live in poverty. Who speaks for them? We do.

Mr. RUDY GIULIANI (Former Republican Mayor, New York; Presidential Candidate): With the primaries coming so early this year, I've got to tell you, I'm a having a little trouble getting my holiday shopping done. So I'll be working to get everyone the same gift: a safe America, lower taxes, secure borders, job growth.

Senator BARACK OBAMA (Democrat, Illinois; Presidential Candidate): And this holiday season, we're reminded that things that unite us as a people are more powerful and enduring than anything that sets us apart, and we all have a stake in each other than something larger than ourselves. So from our family to yours, I'm Barack Obama and I approve this message.

Ms. MALIA OBAMA (Senator Barack Obama's Daughter): Merry Christmas.

Ms. NATASHA OBAMA (Senator Barack Obama's Daughter): Happy holidays.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: I appreciate that they included a down payment on the funding request for our troops in the frontlines in - Afghanistan and Iraq without an artificial timetable of withdrawal withdrawal.

Senator MITCH McCONNELL (Republican, Kentucky; Senate Minority Leader): Unfortunately, our friends on the other side are saying most of the time, and count on forcing votes all year whether they'd be on Iraq or any number of domestic issues that never had a chance to be passed in the Senate, or for that matter becoming law.

Senator HARRY REID (Democrat, Nevada; Senate Majority Leader): For the present the Bush Republican Senate, they could have accomplished so much more. I share the frustration of the House of Representatives which has sent over to us lots of very good legislation only to see it blocked.

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