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Pelosi Asks Bush to "Repudiate" Cheney's Comm
Madame Speaker Calls White House to Demand Respect
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Now that the Dems are in power, they're not going to put up with Cheney talking trash anymore. This afternoon, Nancy Pelosi put in a call to the White House to complain to Bush about Dick Cheney's recent public comments lambasting Democratic ideas to restrict Bush's request for $93 billion for the war.

Cheney had commented on ABC: "I think if we were to do what Speaker Pelosi and Congressman Murtha are suggesting, all we will do is validate the Al Qaeda strategy. The Al Qaeda strategy is to break the will of the American people ... try to persuade us to throw in the towel and come home, and then they win because we quit."

Pelosi's response to Bush: "You cannot say as the president of the United States, 'I welcome disagreement in a time of war,' and then have the vice president of the United States go out of the country and mischaracterize a position of the speaker of the House, and in a manner that says that person in that position of authority is acting against the national security of our country."

Bush had asked Pelosi to call him personally and tell him if any member of his administration went too far with the barbs, but Bush couldn't be reached when Pelosi called the White house, and she had to transmit her comments through chief of staff Josh Bolten.

Pelosi also says she hopes "the president will repudiate and distance himself from the vice president's remarks."


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