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Democrats Demand Bush Pull TV Ad Attacking Critics of Iraq Policy

Leading Democrats demanded Sunday that the Republican National Committee stop running a new television ad that defends President Bush’s handling of the war in Iraq and charges that Bush’s critics were attacking him “for attacking the terrorists.” Democratic anger at the commercial did not bring about any hiatus in the intraparty warfare among the candidates for the presidential nomination, however. On the eve of Monday’s candidate debate here, Rep. Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.) and former Vermont governor Howard Dean traded some of the toughest rhetoric in their rapidly escalating battle. Gephardt accused Dean of cutting programs for the poor and disabled in Vermont. Dean accused Gephardt of producing “empty rhetoric” in Congress and siding with Bush on Iraq “at the expense of our country and our party.” Full Story

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