TITLE

DOING THE RIGHT THING

AUTHOR(S)
Cohn, Jonathan
PUB. DATE
November 2003
SOURCE
New Republic;11/17/2003, Vol. 229 Issue 20, p9
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The author gives U.S. presidential candidate Dick Gephardt an "A" for general likeability for remarks he made defending his fellow candidates at a recent debate. At last week's debate in Detroit, moderator Gwen Ifill asked Dick Gephardt why he had voted in favor of President Bush's request for $87 billion to finance the reconstruction and occupation of postwar Iraq, noting that two of Gephardt's rivals--John Edwards and John Kerry--had voted against the authorization even though they voted for the war last fall. Gephardt answered, "I think we all try to do what we think is right. ... And I can't find it within myself to not vote for the money to support the troops." A few thoughts here: First, Gephardt deserves credit for the vote itself, given that his support for the war has become a major liability in the primaries. Second, Gephardt spoke these lines with an understated, thoughtful, even magnanimous tone.
ACCESSION #
11337807

 

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