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September 21, 2006  

J U S T   P O L I T I C S

Harkin defends Venezuelan President's UN speech against Bush,
Chevaz called Bush "the devil"

"Yesterday, the devil came here. Right here. Right here.
And it smells of sulfur still today, this table that I am now standing in front of."
Hugo Chavez, United Nations speech, Sept. 20, 2006. [LINK]

Even the most liberal politicians are lashing out at Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez for his speech Sept. 20, 2006 at the United Nations:

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY):

"You do not come into my country, my congressional district, and you do not condemn my president. If there is any criticism of President Bush, it should be restricted to Americans, whether they voted for him or not. I just want to make it abundantly clear to Hugo Chavez or any other president, do not come to the United States and think because we have problems with our president that any foreigner can come to our country and not think that Americans do not feel offended when you offend our Chief of State" [watch video of Rangel's comments on]

House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA):

"Hugo Chavez fancies himself a modern day Simon Bolivar but all he is an everyday thug," House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said at a news conference, referring to Chavez' comments in a U.N. General Assembly speech on Wednesday. "Hugo Chavez abused the privilege that he had, speaking at the United Nations," said Pelosi, a frequent Bush critic. "He demeaned himself and he demeaned Venezuela." [LINK]

But what is Iowa's Sen. Tom Harkin saying in response to Chavez's UN speech? He's  DEFENDING Chavez:

[From, Sept. 21, 2006:]

Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, a democrat, today defended Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's United Nations speech in which Chavez called President George Bush the devil. Harkin said the comments were "incendiary", then went on to say, "Let me put it this way, I can understand the frustration, ah, and the anger of certain people around the world because of George Bush's policies." Harkin continued what has been frequent criticism of the president's foreign policy.

Harkin says Bush came to office saying he wanted a new humility in foreign policy in reaching out to other countries, but Harkin says Bush's actual policy has been heavy handed. Harkin says the anger against Bush is generated from the Iraq war, which Harkin says was "unnecessary."

Harkin says, "We tend to forget that a few days after 9-1-1 thousands, thousands of Iranians marched in a candlelight procession in Teheran in support of the United States. Every Muslim country was basically on our side. Just think, in five years, President Bush has squandered all that." Harkin says the U.S. has put billions of dollars into the Iraq war, when it could be helping poor countries with things like clean water, medical aid and education.

AUDIO: Excerpt from Harkin conference call (3 min MP3)

Harkin has repeatedly, for decades taken the side of America's enemies. This latest disgrace points to the need to oust Harkin permanently from the U.S. Senate. Harkin is a disgrace to America. Harkin must go in 2008.



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