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Pataki: “Saddam Hussein Was a…Walking-Talking Weapon of Mass Destruction”

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New York Governor George Pataki introduced President Bush on the closing evening of the Republican National Convention. We hear an excerpt of his address. [includes rush transcript]

The other major speaker of the night was New York Governor George Pataki who took the stage to introduce the president. This is an excerpt of what Pataki had to say.

  • Gov. George Pataki, speaking at the Republican National Convention on September 2004.

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AMY GOODMAN: Well, we’re going to turn now to New York Governor George Pataki who took the stage to introduce President Bush.

GOVERNOR GEORGE PATAKI: George Bush raised our spirits. He came to New York and stood on that smoking heap, looked at our heroes and said, “I can hear you and soon the whole world will hear you.” He declared a new doctrine. “The United States would find and remove terrorists, whoever they are and wherever they are. And if you harbor them, there will be hell to pay.” [applause] He mobilized our forces and went to Afghanistan where the United States fought and won a war. Al Qaeda camps were pulverized, the Taliban deposed. George Bush protected our country and he protects it still. [applause] With supreme guts and rightness, President Bush went into Iraq. The U.S. had asked for peace, went to the U.N. time and again, asked Saddam to step aside, but Saddam would not be moved, so President Bush moved him. [applause] Our American troops, our citizen soldiers and the Coalition of the Willing moved him. And soon the dictator who had used poison gas on his own people was found cowering in the earth. Some people have called this an abuse of power. I call it progress. [applause] There are those who still say that there was no reason to liberate Iraq. They ask about weapons of mass destruction. On September 11 in New York, we learned that in the hands of a monster, a box cutter is a weapon of mass destruction, and Saddam Hussein was a monster, a walking, talking weapon of mass destruction. It is good for the world that he is gone.

JUAN GONZALEZ: New York Governor George Pataki speaking on the floor of the convention last night.

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