September 27, 2002

Senate Majority Whip Harry Reid accused the Republican National Committee of trying to raise money by circulating an e-mail on Friday headlined: "Tell Your Senators to Support President Bush's Homeland Security; Democrat Senators Put Special Interests Over Security."

On Wednesday, the RNC sent an e-mail to 2 million people containing Bush's controversial quote from Monday, in which he said, in reference to the Homeland Security Department debate, the Senate is "not interested in the security of the American people."

"This is what it's all about: raising money for the Republican Party," Reid said on the Senate floor. Reid also demanded the White House give Congress an accounting of Bush's political travel and justify the expenditures in the face of a costly war.

Last night, at a fundraising dinner in Houston, Bush made perhaps his most personal reference to the Iraqi plot to assassinate his father in 1993, shortly after George H.W. Bush left the presidency. "There's no doubt his hatred is mainly directed at us," the president said of Hussein. "There's no doubt he can't stand us. After all, this is a guy that tried to kill my dad at one time." - The Washington comPost.

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