Saturday, January 26, 2008

Dems Try To Pre-Empt State Of the Union

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Dems Try To Pre-Empt State Of the Union
By Laurie Kellman

Congressional Democrats, trying to have the first word on President Bush's State of the Union speech, challenged him Friday to renounce use of waterboarding in interrogations, close Guantanamo Bay to detainees and outline new policies toward Pakistan and Iran.

Domestically, Democrats said they expect Bush to invest more in the development of renewable energy and to support any compromise Republicans and Democrats strike to renew a law governing the president's secretive surveillance program.

At the National Press Club, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid launched into a tightly coordinated pair of speeches in which Pelosi focused on domestic policy — especially job creation — and the Nevada Democrat demanded that Bush restore the nation's standing in the international community.

Pelosi opened her speech with an acknowledgment of the political context in which Bush will deliver the last State of the Union address of his presidency. "Let's hope this is our last Democratic pre-buttal, that next year, we will have a Democratic president," Pelosi ad-libbed at the top.

In a bow to the end of his presidency, Bush is expected to focus Monday night on unfinished business and forgo the big ideas he unveiled in States of the Union past, the White House said.

The economy will be a dominant theme, and Bush will ask Congress to make permanent the tax cuts that are set to expire in 2010. He will prod Congress to extend a law allowing surveillance on suspected terrorists, renew his education law and approve free-trade pacts with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.

He also is likely to recycle ideas on alternative energy, affordable health care and housing reform, said White House spokeswoman Dana Perino.



Blogger CHOMP said...

It doesn't matter what President Bush says. The Dems will do their best to do the opposite...not to do what's best for the country, just to do anything to spite our Republican President.

What a sad bunch of people who want to "rule" our country.

9:53 AM  
Blogger FairestWitness said...

The Democratic jerks ALL have incredibly over-inflated opinions of themselves. The State of the Union address is a Presidential responsibility. Why are these assholes always doing the President's job and never doing their own?

10:59 AM  
Blogger Revbeaux said...

When was the last time we heard a new idea from the left? Other than raise taxes and give our money away in bigger bundles? And how desperate do you have to be to have a "pre-buttal" anyway? I guess part of that is pretty accurate, the "butt" part.

12:46 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

FW--LOL! Good question!

HI REVBEAUX! Nice to see you! No, they have no new ideas--they just want to try and steal the President's thunder.

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Sonny Lykos said...

Apparently they still think he's an illegitimate President. As Hlllary once said "We are the President", I guess they will say "We are the President."

6:48 PM  

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