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Democrats back Bush on terrorism fight

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- While Democrats praise President Bush's commitment to fighting global terrorism, outlined in his State of the Union address this week, they criticize him for failing to mention campaign finance reforms and new ideas for reviving the U.S. economy.

"We had hoped to hear some new ideas for promoting economic growth, but unfortunately we heard the same tired proposals we have heard before," Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said in the Democrats' weekly radio address Saturday.

"Clearly, the policies of the Bush administration have not promoted economic growth. The Democrats have a plan that will stimulate the economy by modernizing our schools, rebuilding our infrastructure and putting people back to work," the new Democratic whip said.

"For the state of our union to be sound, any decision that we make on the economy must be made in the public interest, not for the special interests," Pelosi said.

"The sudden collapse of Enron, which has been so catastrophic to so many people who have lost their jobs and their hard-earned pensions, has clearly demonstrated the need for meaningful campaign finance reform," she added.

Over the years, Enron made contributions to the political campaigns of both Republicans and Democrats.

"A vote for real campaign finance reform will end the corrosive influence of special interest money, and level the playing field so that all Americans can participate and be heard," Pelosi said.

The congresswoman said campaign finance reforms would restore Americans' confidence in the political process.

She also said Democrats stand "shoulder-to-shoulder with the president" in the war against terrorism.

"As generations of Americans have before us, we will pay any price and bear any burden to keep our country secure," Pelosi said.




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