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2003-01-21

Hundreds of Thousands Rally Against War in the U.S. Capitol: We Hear From Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, Vietnam War Vet Ron Kovic, Actress Jessica Lange and Muslim Leader Mahdi Bray

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Anti-war sentiment is sweeping the country as the Bush administration prepares for an attack on Iraq.

In a new Newsweek poll, only 39 percent of Americans would support war against Iraq, if the United States decides to wage it with the backing of only one or two allies and without UN authorization. Sixty percent say they’d like the Bush administration to allow more time to find an alternative to war.

In a new poll by the Pew Research Center, more than half of Americans say President Bush has not yet justified an attack on Iraq.

A Gallup poll released Friday showed Bush’s historically high 90 percent approval rating has declined to 61 percent, another Gallup poll from last week showed Bush getting a 58 percent approval rating. That is the lowest since before 9-11.

In addition, hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated all over the country against the Bush administration’s plans for war.

Today we continue our coverage of the largest of these peace rallies, Saturday’s massive peace rally in Washington, D.C.

News outlets are not reporting turnout estimates. Organizers say as many as 500,000; most people, including the police chief of Washington, D.C., agree this rally was larger than October’s. That rally drew between 100,000 and 200,000 people.

Guests:

  • Mahdi Bray, board member of The Interfaith Alliance. He is the Executive Director of the Muslim American Society, Freedom Foundation.
  • Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General and founding member of the International Action Center.
  • Jeremy Corbyn, member of the British Parliament from the Labor Party and member of the Steering Committee of Stop the War.
  • Jessica Lange, Academy Award winning actress.
  • Ron Kovic, Vietnam Veteran and author of "Born on the Fourth of July."

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