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Quizzing Ashcroft
Senators ask tough questions --- how are the answers?


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Thanks to Scott Miller for compiling these questions and answers. Drop a note to Scott to join his mailing list. Scott's Introduction: I have gone through the transcripts on the Ashcroft hearings and highlighted sections where our concerns have come up. Decide for yourself why more has not been made out of this in the news media. -- Scott

Day 1 -- January 16

Senator Pat Leahy (D-VT): "throughout your public life as attorney general and governor of Missouri and as U.S. senator, you have opposed a women's constitutionally protected right to reproductive freedom and choice, even in cases of rape and incest, you have fought voluntary school desegregation, affirmative action and gay rights. When you were running for president in 1998, you were quoted as saying, quote, "There are voices in the Republican Party today who preach pragmatism, who champion conciliation, who counsel compromise. I stand here today to reject those deceptions."

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY): "For many years in Missouri, Senator Ashcroft was a leading advocate against desegregation, he's been on the forefront of arguing against gay rights and for lowering barriers between church and state. In short, John Ashcroft has for decades now been knee-deep in many of the most significant, yet decisive, issues in our country."

Senator Feingold (D-WI): "In fact, as I consider the merits of this nomination, I can't help but take this moment to express my concern about the attitude and approach that the former and then future Republican majority in the Senate has taken since 1996 in considering executive appointments and judicial appointments. The previous majority--and, yes, sometimes led by John Ashcroft--seemed never to accept the legitimacy of President Clinton's 1996 victory.

Instead, in my view, they unfairly blocked many legitimate qualified appointees, such as Bill Lann Lee, Ronnie White and James Hormel. I think this is wrong."

Next page > Day Two - Leahy, Ashcroft & Sen. Orrin Hatch > Page 1, 2, 3, 4,


 

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