Voices in the News: DeLay, Frist and Byrd

A sound montage of some of the voices in this past week's news, including White House Spokesman Scott McClellan, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Senator Robert Byrd.

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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.

Unidentified Woman: Run! Don't stop! Keep going! Don't stop running!

Unidentified Man #1: Head south! Head south! Head south! Slow down!

Mr. SCOTT McCLELLAN (White House Spokesman): At approximately 11:59, the threat level here at the White House was raised to yellow. There was a Cessna plane within about 15 miles of the White House. It was north of the White House.

Unidentified Man #1: We fought for 18 months to try to preserve our pension plans. We were unfortunately unable to do that. Terminating the plans is necessary for the long-run success of United Airlines.

Unidentified Man #2: We'll be aggressively looking and seeking to replace this management team because either they go or we go.

Senator GEORGE VOINOVICH (Republican, Ohio): It is my concern that the confirmation of John Bolton would send a contradictory and negative message to the world community about US intentions. I'm afraid that his confirmation will tell the world that we're not dedicated to repairing our relationships or working as a team, but that we believe only someone with sharp elbows can deal properly with the international community.

Mr. McCLELLAN: He's exactly the kind of person we need at the United Nations. He brings a lot of unique qualifications to the position and a great amount of experience and passion, and sometimes a little bluntness, but the president believes that's exactly what is needed at the United Nations during this time of reform.

Senator BILL FRIST (Majority Leader; Republican, Tennessee): All of this obstruction must stop. It is hurting the nominees. It is hurting the Senate. It is hurting the American people.

Senator ROBERT BYRD (Democrat, West Virginia): What does the Constitution say? `By and with the consent, he, the president, shall have power to nominate and, by and with the consent of the United States Senate, shall appoint.' Now we can wrangle until the crack of doom.

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