Voices in the News

A sound montage of voices in the past week's news, including: Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld; President Bush; Former Bush Chief of Staff Andrew Card; Budget Director Josh Bolten; U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad; Christian Science Monitor journalist Jill Carroll; Leslie Apple of Greensboro, N.C.; Wanda Cecil of Raleigh, N.C.; Gary Eckert of North Vernon, Ind.; David Bowman of Longmeadow, Mass.; Joshua Kakowski of Baltimore, Md.

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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.

Secretary DONALD RUMSFELD (Secretary of Defense): Cap Weinberger was a friend. His extensive career in public service, his support for the men and women in uniform, and his central role in helping to win the Cold War leave a lasting legacy.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: Andy Card has served me and our country in historic times. On the terrible day when America was attacked, during economic recession and recovery, through storms of unprecedented destructive power, in peace, and in war.

Mr. ANDREW CARD (Former White House Chief of Staff): I'm grateful for the White House staff that has served you so well and helped me do a better job. But it is a different season, and Josh Bolten is the right person for that seat.

Mr. ZALMAY KHALILZAD (U.S. Ambassador to Iraq): Today is a good day. She is safe. She is free. And she appears in good health and in great spirits.

Ms. JILL CARROLL (Journalist, Christian Science Monitor): They came to me and said okay, we're letting you go now. I was happy to be free. I was treated very well. It's important people know that, that I was not harmed, and I'm happy to be free and to be with my family.

Unidentified Man: My captors forced me to participate in a propaganda video. They told me I would be released if I cooperated.

Ms. LESLIE APPLE (Greensboro, North Carolina): What if anything should be done with illegal immigrants that are here in the United States? Immigrants are here to stay. We're a nation of immigrants.

Ms. WANDA CECIL (Raleigh, North Carolina): Send them back where they came from. They don't need to be here. They're troublemakers. They're bringing diseases over here and everything else. I'd totally send them back.

Mr. GARY EKHERT (North Vernon, Indiana): I think there's something like eleven million of them, so clearly we can't have them all leave the country.

Mr. DAVID BOWMAN (Longmeadow, Massachusetts): They should be identified and sent back.

Mr. JOSHUA KAKOWSKI (Baltimore, Maryland): As much as I don't always agree with President Bush, the temporary work program I think is going to be a good solution to get them working, get them paying taxes, get them on the road to better things.

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