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RNC release: GOP in Congress defend Karl Rove from 'partisan attacks'

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The following release was issue by the Republican National Committee Wednesday afternoon, detailing Republican members of Congress who have stepped up to defend Bush adviser Karl Rove from 'partisan attacks'. It is titled, "REPUBLICANS DEFEND KARL ROVE FROM PARTISAN ATTACKS."

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairwoman Elizabeth Dole (R-NC): "The Partisan Attacks Against Karl Rove Are Out Of Control And Entirely Inappropriate. He Is A Distinguished Member Of The White House And He Is My Friend." (National Republican Senatorial Committee, "Elizabeth Dole Statement On Karl Rove," Press Release, 7/13/05)

Dole: "It Is Incredibly Irresponsible For Individuals And Organizations To Make Accusations Based On Rumor And Innuendo. It Is Unfair To The Investigation And Even More Unfair To Karl Rove." (National Republican Senatorial Committee, "Elizabeth Dole Statement On Karl Rove," Press Release, 7/13/05)

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Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN): "My Democratic Friends Would Be Doing The Nation A Great Service If They Spent Half As Much Time Getting Legislation Passed That Will Benefit The Country As They Do In Attacking Karl Rove." (Sen. Norm Coleman, Press Release, 7/13/05)

Coleman: "We Have Enough To Do In The Senate In Minding Our Own Business Than To Be Sticking Our Noses Into Someone Else's Business. Everyone Needs To Cool The Rhetoric, Focus On The Business Of The People, And Allow The Investigation To Run Its Course." (Sen. Norm Coleman, Press Release, 7/13/05)

Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA): "I Don't See Any Evidence Out There That He Violated The Law.'' (Richard Keil and Holly Rosenkrantz, "Rove's Role In Spy Inquiry Reverberates Throughout Capital," Bloomberg, 7/12/05)

Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT): "In All Honesty, The Facts Thus Far - And The E-Mail Involved - Indicate To Me That There Is Not A Problem Here..." (Jim VandeHei, "GOP On Offense In Defense Of Rove," The Washington Post, 7/13/05)

Hatch: "I Have Always Thought This Is A Tempest In A Teapot." (Jim VandeHei, "GOP On Offense In Defense Of Rove," The Washington Post, 7/13/05)

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX): "If Anyone Thought The Anger And Political Sniping That Infested The Capital During The Campaign Would End After The Election, They Were Flat Wrong. Partisan Attacks In Lieu Of The Facts Have Replaced Ideas, Action And Cooperation." (Sen. John Cornyn, "Attacks On Rove 'More Anger And Political Sniping,'" Press Release, 7/13/05)

Cornyn: "Sadly, These Attacks Are More Of The Same Kind Of Anger And Lashing Out That Has Become The Substitute For Bipartisan Action And Progress. While Republicans Focus On Accomplishing An Ambitious Agenda For The American People, Some Democrats And Their Allies In The Hyper-Partisan Interest Groups Continue On Their Path Of Smear And Distract." (Sen. John Cornyn, "Attacks On Rove 'More Anger And Political Sniping,'" Press Release, 7/13/05)

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA): "I Support Karl Rove." (Tom Raum, "Newsview: CIA Leak Probe Focuses On Rove," The Associated Press, 7/13/05)

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL): "Karl Rove Is A Friend Who, By All Accounts, Is Fully Cooperating With The Investigation. He Has Been A Most Valuable Member Of President Bush's Team And Has Always Conducted Himself According To High Standards. It's Disappointing That Some Democrats Are Using An Ongoing Investigation To Try And Score Political Points. Instead Of Focusing On The People's Business, Democrats Are Prejudging An Incomplete Investigation And Doing Nothing More Than Mounting Partisan Political Attacks." (Sen. Jeff Sessions, "Statement Of U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions On Karl Rove," 7/13/05)

Republican Congressmen Defend Karl Rove:

House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO): "I Think We See Too Many Efforts Now Where People Quickly Rush To Judgment, Rush To Call For The Most Bizarre Solutions To Problems That Are Problems That Are Often Just Created In Their Own Minds." (Rep. Roy Blunt, Floor Statement, U.S. House Of Representatives, 7/13/05)

Blunt: "Karl Rove Has Fully Cooperated In Any Investigation, And For More Than A Year Now Has Permitted Investigators To Talk To Him." (Rep. Roy Blunt, Floor Statement, U.S. House Of Representatives, 7/13/05)

House Republican Conference Chair Deborah Pryce (R-OH):" I Think What The Democrats Are Doing With Karl Rove Is Just Another Politically Motivated Part Of Their Agenda." (CNN's "Wolf Blitzer Reports," 7/13/05)

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Reynolds (R-NY): "The Extreme Left Is Once Again Attempting To Define The Modern Democrat Party By Rabid Partisan Attacks, Character Assassination And Endless Negativity. And As Has Become Their Custom, The Rest Of The Democrat Party Is Standing By Silently." (National Republican Congressional Committee, "NRCC Chairman Tom Reynolds Statement On Karl Rove, Democrat Partisan Attacks," Press Release, 7/13/05)

Reynolds: "Democrats Are Bitter About Losing In 2004. And They Will Stop At Nothing To Accomplish Through Character Assassination What They Could Not Accomplish At The Ballot Box." (National Republican Congressional Committee, "NRCC Chairman Tom Reynolds Statement On Karl Rove, Democrat Partisan Attacks," Press Release, 7/13/05)

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA): "Karl Rove Is Just The Latest In A Long Line Of Targets For The Democrats Vitriol And Political Games. The American People Want To Know How Congress Is Going To Keep The Economy Growing, Lower Energy Prices And Keep Them Secure At Home." (Rep. Eric Cantor, "Cantor Statement on Democrat Attacks On Karl Rove," Press Release, 7/13/05)

Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA): "Karl Rove Who Did Not Even Know This Woman's Name Did Not Have Any Information Of Her Acting In Any Covert Manner. It Is Just Silly." ("Fox News', "Fox News Live," 7/13/05)

Kingston: "The Democrats Are Absent On Issues Such As Social Security, They Are Ambivalent About Iraq To Begin With And They're Throwing Up One More Smoke Screen Aimed At Karl Rove Who They're Mad At." ("Fox News', "Fox News Live," 7/13/05)

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX): "I Support Karl Rove ..." (Tom Raum, "Newsview: CIA Leak Probe Focuses on Rove," The Associated Press, 7/13/05)

DeLay: "This Is Typical Of The Democrats. They Smell Blood And They Act Like Sharks. Karl Rove Is A Good Man. He Was Doing His Job. He Was Trying To Talk A Reporter Out Of Filing A False Story Based Upon False Premise. I Don't See That He Has Done Anything Wrong." (Fox News' "Studio B," 7/13/05)

Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX): "The President And Karl Rove Are Doing Exactly What They Should. They Are Cooperating Fully With The Pending Investigation." (Rep. Kay Granger, "Congresswoman Granger Calls Democrat Attacks On Rove Partisan Gamesmanship," Press Release, 7/13/05)

Granger: "He Knew Then That Much Of What Joe Wilson Was Saying Was Untrue. The Calls For Mr. Rove's Resignation Are Simply Partisan Gamesmanship." (Rep. Kay Granger, "Congresswoman Granger Calls Democrat Attacks On Rove Partisan Gamesmanship," Press Release, 7/13/05)

Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY): "Republicans Should Stop Holding Back And Go On The Offense: Fire Enough Bullets The Other Way Until The Supreme Court Overtakes." (Jim VandeHei, "GOP On Offense In Defense Of Rove," The Washington Post, 7/13/05)

Originally published on Thursday July 14, 2005.

 


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