Bush, Irak and English
-Do you think that victory is at hand in Iraq?
-Oh sure, yeah, we've succeeded. I mean, everybody knows that. We will
be. General Petraeus will be recommending, I understand from the media,
further troop withdrawals. The government is in control of the Iraqi
Army. Now, is Al -Qaeda defeated? No, but they are back on their heels,
and so these withdrawals will be dictated by conditions on the ground.
But, the fact is, that no rational observer frankly, except Senator
Obama, could believe that it hasn't succeeded, and we're emerging
victorious, and our troops are going to come home with victory and with
honor. If Senator Obama would have had his way, they would have been
out last March, and we would have been defeated. We would have a wider
war, we would have the Iranian influence increase, and we would have
great challenges. Senator Obama was wrong and refused to admit it, and
still to this day refuses to admit it.
-Senator, let me ask you about
President Bush. I noticed at the Convention, I was in St. Paul, that
you didn't mention President Bush by name. Do you think that you have
to distance your self from President Bush in order to win the election?
-Well, at the beginning of my remarks I thanked him for the fact that America has not been attacked, since 9-11.
-But not by name, you only said the President.
-Well, I think everybody knows there is only one President right now,
but no, I thanked him, and I thanked his father and his mother for
their honorable service. But there is no doubt there are differences
between myself and President Bush. But there are also differences
between myself and members of my party in Congress, who began to value
power over principle, who came to Washington to change Washington, and
Washington changed them. There is corruption in Washington. Governor
Palin and I are going to clean it up.
-Actually, you said in the Convention
that change is coming. However, as you would know, Barack Obama said
that you have voted 90 percent of the time with President Bush, and he
says that that is not change.
-Everybody knows my record, whether it be on spending, whether it be on
climate change, whether it be on the way the war in Iraq was conducted.
I took on my own party, I was called disloyal by Republicans when I
said Rumsfeld's strategy is going to fail, when I fought against the
pork barrelers and ear mark spending, in my own party when we had
control. Everybody knows about that.
-Are we worse off than four years ago?
-Oh sure, yeah, I mean, I don't think that four years ago we were
hurting very badly, I don't think most people do. I think the events of
the last year, two years, set up by out of control spending, huge
growth in the size of government, failure to exercise any kind of
fiscal discipline or care about the tax payers. Those chickens came
home to roost, and we've got to change it.
-Senator, the platform of your party
says, and I am quoting, "e support the adoption of English as the
official language of the United States, and we demand the abolition of
bilingual education." Do you agree with this?
-No. Look, it's fine with me if English is the official language,
because it is our official language, it is. Anyone that comes to this
country that wants to move up the economic ladder, we all know has to
learn English, is a requirement for citizenship, so we all know that,
but the point is...
-But, most Latinos are bilingual by the way; nine out of ten of Latinos are bilingual.
-Yeah, sure, sure, but Spanish was spoken...
-But, do you support English becoming the official language?
-If you want to call it official, it already is official, official or
unofficial, it is our language, but I come from a state where Spanish
was spoken before English, o.k.? So, I cherish Spanish language, our
heritage, our culture, our food, everything about our Hispanic culture
and that is what I want our party and Americans to do. You know, let's
have a little straight talk, has our party has been damaged because
some of the language that has been used? Yes, but look, I am the guy
that took on the issue of immigration reform when it wasn't popular in
my party to do so, at least in certain elements of it. I'll enact
comprehensive immigration reform, we'll sit down together with
democrats, and we'll get it done, but we got to secure our borders, not
only because of illegal immigration, but because of drugs.
"President Calderon, right now is waging a battle for the heart and
soul of his country, because these drug cartels are taking over towns
in Mexico. We all know that, and we got to help them, and we've
started with a Merida initiative that I think it's the first time that
Mexican and American authorities are working together to stop the flow
of drugs. And if you are going to do that, you got to have secure
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