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Clinton urges Dems to question criticism

Hah!!!!  Finally.  These Dems need a kick in the butt to even stand up to these neoCONS! Clinton did some butt kicking today. From the AP

Former President Clinton bemoaned ideologues who describe opponents as “running for office on his or her way to hell” and urged Democrats not to shy from fighting back.

Clinton, criticizing Republicans weeks before the midterm elections, told an audience at Georgetown University on Wednesday that intellectual debate should trump partisan rancor and either-or choices are false.

 “Most of us long for politics where we have genuine arguments, vigorous disagreements but we don’t claim to have the whole truth and we don’t demonize our opponents and we work for what’s best for the American people,” he said.

 Clinton, whose wife Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., is eyeing a 2008 White House run, spoke at his alma mater to mark the 15th anniversary of his series of speeches there as a then-fledgling presidential candidate. The former president gave notice that Democrats would not be passive victims of attacks.

 “This is a contact sport, politics,” he said. “You can’t complain about being attacked. It’s like Yao Ming complaining about being fouled playing basketball.”

 Clinton said he doesn’t see Democrats shying from the debate. “It’s not that we want a bland, mushy, meaningless politics,” he said. “We like our debate.

We understand that campaigns will be heated and only one side can win. But we want it to be connected somehow to real lives and real people, to aspirations of ordinary Americans to the future of our children and our grandchildren.”

 Recently, the former president engaged in a testy exchange with Fox News over his administration’s record on terrorism.

 During remarks that were framed as a discussion of the common good, Clinton decried personal attacks against candidates for perceived lack of faith.

 “It’s not about who represents the religious truth and who is basically running for office on his or her way to hell,” Clinton said.

 Clinton also argued that the GOP has allowed its conservative element to drown out moderate voices.

And I like the new motto “For the Common Good”.

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October 18, 2006 - Posted by | Current News

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