Voices in the News

A montage of voices in the week's news, including Lloyd Bentsen, the former Texas senator; Dallas Morning News reporter Wayne Slater; Isreali Prime Minister Ehud Olmert; President Bush; British Prime Minister Tony Blair; Sean Berkowitz, federal prosecutor in the Enron case; Daniel Petrocelli, defense lawyer for Enron's Jeffrey Skilling; Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA); House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL).

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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.

Mr. LLOYD BENTSEN (Former Texas Senator): Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy.

Mr. WAYNE SLATER (Dallas Morning News): Bentsen was really the last great southern Texas Democrat at a time when Texas was still Democrat.

Prime Minister EHUD OLMERT (Israel): We, the people of Israel, have learned to change our perspective. We have to compromise in the name of peace, to give up parts of our promised land in which every hill and every valley is saturated with Jewish history. We have to relinquish part of our dream to leave room for the dream of others, so that all of us can enjoy a better future.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: I learned some lessons about expressing myself, maybe in a little more sophisticated manner. You know, wanted dead or alive, that kind of talk.

Prime Minister TONY BLAIR (United Kingdom): I'm afraid in the end, we're always going to have to be prepared for the fall of Saddam, not the rise of Democratic Iraq.

Mr. SEAN BERKOWITZ (Federal Prosecutor): The jury has spoken and they have sent an unmistakable message to boardrooms across the country. You can't lie to shareholders. You can't put yourselves in front of your employees' interests. No matter how rich and powerful you are, you have to play by the rules.

Mr. DANIEL PETROCELLI (Attorney for Jeffrey Skilling): Obviously it did not come out the way we had hoped. It doesn't change our view of what happened at Enron and it certainly doesn't change our view of Jeff Skilling's innocence.

Representative WILLIAM JEFFERSON (Democrat, Louisiana): I would take full responsibility for any crimes that I committed if that were the case. But I will not plead guilty to something I did not do, no matter how things are made to look, and no matter the risk.

House Speaker DENNIS HASTERT (Republican, Illinois): We need to protect the division of powers in the Constitution of the United States. And that's one of the things I talked to the President about. That's one of the things we're concerned about in this issue. And it's an on-going discussion that we have.

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