Voices in the News

A sound montage of some of the voices in this past week's news, including: President George W. Bush; Vice President Dick Cheney; Representative Jack Murtha (D-PA); Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Minority Leader; Rep. Joel Hefley (R-CO); Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH); And Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH).

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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.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: I expect there to be criticism, but when Democrats say that I deliberately misled the Congress and the people, that's irresponsible.

Vice President DICK CHENEY: That the president of the United States or any member of this administration purposely misled the American people on prewar intelligence is one of the most dishonest and reprehensible charges ever aired in this city.

Representative JOHN MURTHA (Democrat, Pennsylvania): I like guys who've never been there to criticize us who've been there. I like that. I like guys who got five deferments and never been there and sent people to war, and then don't like to hear suggestions about what needs to be done. I resent the fact on Veterans Day he criticized Democrats for criticizing them. This is a flawed policy wrapped in an illusion.

Representative NANCY PELOSI (Democrat, California): Deception has been the order of the day throughout the entire Iraq engagement. Mr. Hunter's resolution is a continuation of that deception. It is a political stunt, and it should be rejected by this House.

Representative JOEL HEFLEY (Republican, Colorado): Mr. Speaker, there are some out there that are insisting that the mission in Iraq has been a failure, that our presence in Iraq has not been properly run and that we're not winning the peace. And, frankly, I just don't think that's true. And it only serves to lower the morale of the men and women fighting in Iraq while encouraging the terrorists who hate America.

Representative JEAN SCHMIDT (Republican, Ohio): A few minutes ago I received a call from Colonel Danny Bop, Ohio representative from the 88th District in the House of Representatives. He asked me to send Congress a message: Stay the course. He also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message, that cowards cut and run, Marines never do. Danny and the rest of America...

(Soundbite of unrest)

Rep. SCHMIDT: ...and the world...

(Soundbite of gavel, unrest)

Rep. SCHMIDT: ...want the assurance from this...

Unidentified Man #1: Gentlemen...

(Soundbite of gavel, unrest)

Rep. SCHMIDT: ...body that we will see this through.

Unidentified Man #1: The House will...

(Soundbite of gavel, unrest)

Representative DENNIS KUCINICH (Democrat, Ohio): ...almost everything of significance we were told about the war turned out to be false. Instead, those who raised questions had their military service or their honor impugned. They took John Kerry on a Swift boat. We're not going to let them take Jack Murtha on a Swift boat, nor the American people.

Unidentified Man #2: Gentleman's time has expired.

Rep. KUCINICH: Everybody should stand up and expose the fakery when we see it.

Unidentified Man #2: Gentleman's time has expired.

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