Voices in the News: Frist, Bush, and Iraq's Jafari
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.
Representative NANCY PELOSI (Democrat, California; House Minority Leader): I think it's been a dismal failure. I think the more he's out there, the less people approve of his handling of Social Security. So as far as I'm concerned, I hope he announces tonight that he's going to go on another 60-day tour.
President GEORGE W. BUSH: Look, we're asking people to do things that haven't been done for 20 years. We haven't addressed the Social Security problem since 1983. We haven't had an energy strategy in our country for decades. And so I'm not surprised that some are balking at doing hard work.
Senator BILL FRIST (Republican, Tennessee; Senate Majority Leader): In the spirit of civility and with sincere hope for a solution, I make an offer. This offer will ensure up or down votes on judicial nominees after fair, open and, some might say, exhaustive debate.
Senator HARRY REID (Democrat, Nevada; Senate Minority Leader): This is slow-motion nuclear option. After a hundred hours, the rights of minority are extinguished. This has never been about the length of the debate. This is about constitutional checks and balances.
Representative DENNIS HASTERT (Republican, Illinois; Speaker of the House): I think we need to move forward in the ethics process. I think that there are issues out there that need to be discussed. I think that there's a member, especially on our side, that needs to have the process moved forward so he can clear his name.
Pres. BUSH: I believe we're making really good progress in Iraq because the Iraqi people are beginning to see the benefits of a free society. They're beginning--they saw a government formed today.
Prime Minister IBRAHIM AL-JAFARI (Iraq): (Through Translator) This journey involved blood, words, sweat and tears so that people would have faith in you and trust every word and position we take.
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