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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Daschle Demands Apology

WASHINGTON -- The leader of the U.S. Senate, Tom Daschle, demanded an apology Wednesday from President George W. Bush for saying the Democratic-led Senate "is not interested in the security of the American people," arguing that this "outrageous" remark politicized a possible war with Iraq.

Daschle's Democratic colleagues, many of whom have complained they were being stampeded by Bush into approving the use of force against Iraq, gathered on the Senate floor during the speech and reached out to shake his hand afterward.

"We ought not to politicize this war. We ought not to politicize the rhetoric about life and death," Daschle said in his speech, his voice thick with emotion.

Bush on Monday commented on a bill to establish a Department of Homeland Security in response to last year's Sept. 11 attacks that has stalled in the Senate in a dispute over labor rights in the proposed department.

"The House responded, but the Senate is more interested in special interests in Washington and not interested in the security of the American people," Bush said Monday. Breaking the recent veneer of bipartisanship over Iraq, Daschle demanded an apology from Bush to the American people and the many Senate Democrats who are war veterans.

"You tell those who fought in Vietnam and in World War II they're not interested in the security of the American people," Daschle said. "That is outrageous, outrageous."