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'Left of left' in Congress
writes Bush on Sheehan
Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 08/21/2005 @ 5:00 pm In Front Page | Comments Disabled
Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich.
Cindy Sheehan is getting some help from far left Democrats in Congress, who are urging President Bush to meet with the so-called “Peace Mom.”
Rep. John Conyers of Michigan penned a letter to Bush making that request, and it was signed by 38 other members of the House of Representatives, all of whom are Democrats with the exception of Vermont’s Bernard Sanders, who is an Independent.
“We write to respectfully urge you to meet with Cindy Sheehan and other relatives of fallen soldiers who request a meeting to discuss their deep concerns about the war in Iraq,” Conyers writes. “We also request that you help ensure that Ms. Sheehan and her colleagues are not arrested as long as they continue to wait for a meeting with you at their location in the peaceable and legal manner that they have maintained thus far.”
Among other well-known names who co-signed the letter are Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, Jerrold Nadler of New York, and Barbara Lee and Maxine Waters of California.
On Conyers website, he offers links to write to newspapers about Sheehan, and even provides a list of talking points “rebutting the lies of the right-wing smear campaign.”
One purported lie, according to Conyers, is that “Cindy previously praised Bush, but has now changed her story to embarrass the president.”
The talking-point response notes: “The Vacaville Reporter, Cindy’s hometown paper, rejected this Republican claim originating from Matt Drudge. Here is a quote from the original article dated June 24, 2004: ‘We haven’t been happy with the way the war has been handled,’ Cindy said. ‘The president has changed his reasons for being over there every time a reason is proven false or an objective reached.’”
Conyers, though, excludes another quote from Sheehan from the same article, in which she says of Bush, “I now know he’s sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis. I know he’s sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he’s a man of faith.”
Another talking point addresses the refrain that “Bush is the president. He’s got important duties to attend to. He doesn’t have time to meet with everyone.”
Conyers’ response is, “The president has been filmed bicycling around the neighborhood and he has personally attested to spending time fishing and attending little-league baseball games. … Keep in mind, also, that White House press secretary Scott McClellan recently proclaimed about the president’s vacation in Crawford, that ‘Spending time outside Washington gives the president a fresh perspective of what’s on the minds of the American people. It’s a time, really, for him to shed the coat and tie and meet with folks out in the heartland and hear what’s on their minds.’ Possibly, you may have to actually talk to people to find out what’s on their mind.”
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