2003: Hastert urged life sentence for child molesters

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(Chicago Tribune) During nearly 30 years as a state and federal lawmaker, Dennis Hastert presented himself as a champion of children, a hardworking, humble boy from the cornfields of Illinois who learned valuable moral lessons as he rose to become one of the most powerful men in federal government as U.S. House speaker.

In Congress, Hastert supported the Child Abuse Prevention and Enforcement Act of 2000, which among other measures, sought to prevent and punish the sexual abuse of minors.

And in 2003, when Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart was recovered after being kidnapped, sexually assaulted and held captive for nine months, Hastert took a strong stance in a statement.

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