Tri-State politicians react to Bush speech

January 29, 2003

"When I talk with people back home in West Virginia, one of their biggest concerns is Iraq. Although the president addressed this situation tonight, he still needs to present evidence demonstrating why Saddam Hussein poses a grave and imminent threat.

"The president also described his priorities on domestic issues, and I agree that the war on terror, health care, education, veterans and seniors must be at the top of the list. My concern is that these are the priorities he emphasized in his address a year ago, yet he did not follow through on many of them..."

- U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller


"The president's economic plan remains reckless, and puts us on the path to deficits."

- U.S. Sen. Paul Sarbanes


"This is a man who has got his finger on the pulse of the concerns of Americans, both foreign and domestic. He understands their insecurity, both with this economy and the global picture, both Iraq and terrorism. And he has a well thought-out and compassionate plan to solve both problems."


- U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum


"President Bush's speech tonight provided an excellent blueprint for economic growth. Obviously we in the House share President Bush's priority of boosting the economy and creating good-paying jobs. ... It is becoming more and more evident that Saddam Hussein is not complying with the U.N. resolutions and that he never had any intention of abiding by them. It is time for this shell game to end."

- U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster


"The president gave a rallying call to all Americans and all West Virginians tonight. His message of optimism in the face of tough times was very encouraging.

"The aggressive agenda that the president set out - growing our economy, strengthening health care and encouraging acts of compassion - are excellent and attainable goals for this Congress and this administration to work toward achieving."

- U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito


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