President Bush, whose public approval ratings have dropped to the lowest point of his presidency, has made two speeches in recent days that painted Democrats as hypocrites for criticizing the Iraq war after earlier supporting the idea that Saddam should go. Presidential counselor Dan Bartlett said Bush would keep fighting on the issue. Rumsfeld singled out Democrats, including President Clinton and his secretary of state, Madeleine Albright, who had depicted Saddam as a threat because of weapons of mass destruction. The Republican National Committee posted on its Web site a video compilation of past statements by prominent Democrats — including several presidential hopefuls — who supported a hard line against Saddam.
As members of the VFW, you are united by common experiences and shared commitments. In the military, you devoted yourselves to a cause above self-interest, served with a firm sense of duty and developed personal standards that make you an example for your families and your fellow citizens. The daughter of an Army Air Corpsman described growing up with her father, and the values she learned from him without even knowing it. As she recalls, "Honesty, integrity, hard work, personal responsibility, and perseverance were all around me and I absorbed them almost imperceptibly. Those values are embodied in this organization. In the VFW our nation sees a continuing ethic of service, shown in the time, talent, and money you have given to citizens in need.
Chairman, delegates, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans: I accept your nomination for vice president of the United States. I am honored by your confidence. And tonight I make this pledge: I will give this campaign all that I have, and together we will make George W.
I count many friends among the American Society of Newspaper Editors, and it's good to have the opportunity to join you again, and I look forward to taking your questions in a few minutes. Three weeks into the war, which I want to talk about this morning, I obviously cannot begin my remarks without paying tribute to those that we've lost on the field of battle. Our campaign is proceeding with speed and success, but that will not ease the sorrow of the families of American and coalition troops killed in the line of duty. We're thinking of these families now with respect and gratitude, and this nation will always honor the sacrifices made in our defense.