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GOP Senator Warns Dems to “Be Careful” About Criticizing Rice

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Speaking on the Senate floor, Sen. George Allen (R-VA) said his Democratic colleagues should “be careful” when criticizing Rice for making false statements about the war in Iraq lest they “diminish Dr. Rice’s credibility in capitals around the world.” [includes rush transcript]

Allen explained that Rice’s “detractors can do a great disservice to this country, a great disservice by playing too hard a partisan game.”

  • Sen. George Allen (R–Virginia), United States Senate, January 25, 2005.

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AMY GOODMAN: This is Republican Senator George Allen of Virginia on the Senate floor yesterday.

SENATOR GEORGE ALLEN: I ask my colleagues to be careful — be careful in your criticism. People can say whatever they want and they’ll say something and I will say that doesn’t make sense and here’s a more logical approach and that sort of banter and back and forth is fine — but in the criticism, and — and statements, and also trying to divide opinion on this nomination of Dr. Rice, be careful not to be diminishing her credibility in the eyes of those in capitals around the world.

AMY GOODMAN: That was Republican Senator George Allen of Virginia.

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