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Mark O. Hatfield: For me, choice for president is clear: Bush
The Oregonian ^ | 9/23/04

Posted on 09/25/2004 4:02:24 AM PDT by kattracks

As a young Navy officer in World War II, I was one of the first Americans to see Hiroshima after the atomic bomb was dropped in 1945. That experience lives with me today, and it helped to shape the view I held during my public service career: a view that war is wrong in nearly every circumstance.

As Oregon's governor, I was the only governor in the nation who refused to sign a statement supporting President Johnson's Vietnam War policy.

As a senator, I joined with Sen. George McGovern in an unsuccessful effort to end that war. I was the only senator who voted against both the Democrat and Republican resolutions authorizing the use of force in the 1991 Gulf War.

In my final years in the Senate, I opposed President Clinton's decision to send American troops to Bosnia.

During my 30 years in the Senate, I never once voted in favor of a military appropriations bill.

I know that this record will cause many to wonder why I am such a strong supporter of President Bush and his policy in Iraq. My support is based on the fact that our world changed on Sept. 11, 2001, a day on which we lost more American lives than we did in the attack on Pearl Harbor.

I know from my service in the Senate that Saddam Hussein was an active supporter of terrorism. He used weapons of mass destruction on innocent people and left no doubt that he would do so again. It was crucial to the cause of world peace that he be removed from power.

Having seen atrocious loss in World War II, I understand the devastation of armed conflict. We have paid dearly with American and Iraqi lives for our commitment, but we cannot afford the alternative. Nor can we afford a president who puts a wet finger in the air and turns over his decisions to pollsters.

President Bush has indeed taken heat for his resolve in pursuing the war on terrorism and efforts in Iraq. His steadfastness and resolve in the face of his critics are deserving of praise.

As terrorists continue to plot against our country and our interests, the American people must choose between action and inaction, between security and insecurity.

I believe the choice is clear. I will proudly cast my vote for President George W. Bush.

Mark O. Hatfield served as a Republican U.S. senator from Oregon from 1967 to 1997.



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KEYWORDS: endorsement; gwb2004; markhatfield; napalminthemorning; wot
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1 posted on 09/25/2004 4:02:24 AM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks

Geez, that's a suprising blast from the past! Guess you can get wiser as you get older...


2 posted on 09/25/2004 4:04:24 AM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Count Petofi will not be denied!)
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To: Dog

ping


3 posted on 09/25/2004 4:05:13 AM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks

My MY...This is a shock!


4 posted on 09/25/2004 4:07:12 AM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry has been AWOL on issues of national security for two decades)
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To: kattracks

Has hell frozen over?


5 posted on 09/25/2004 4:09:45 AM PDT by OneLoyalAmerican (BREAKING NEWS for MSM! Republican activists participate in conservative forums!)
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To: kattracks
Mark Hatfield???

The only other persons I would be more shocked to see supporting George Bush would be John Kerry and Muqtada al-Sadr

6 posted on 09/25/2004 4:10:14 AM PDT by Larry381 (The Democratic Party-Celebrating 60 years of aid and comfort to America's enemies)
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To: kattracks
Let's see how quickly this story grows legs and gets unprecedented MSM coverage. Perhaps the pajama wearing conspiracy theorists will find a way to let the world hear statements such as this one.
7 posted on 09/25/2004 4:12:46 AM PDT by LakeLady (Terrorists, Kerry, Rather/MSM...ZOT 'em all! It's their only chance to leave in a blaze of glory.)
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan
We have paid dearly with American and Iraqi lives for our commitment, but we cannot afford the alternative

We apid dearly, in part, because this excremental dolt resisted keeping America strong. He fought against a militarily strong country until the wolf was through the door and now is all for destroying the wolf.

The wolf should never have become bold enoug or strong enough to attack us.

8 posted on 09/25/2004 4:12:50 AM PDT by Lion Den Dan
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Unfreakin believable!!!!


9 posted on 09/25/2004 4:15:02 AM PDT by Terp (Retired living in Philippines were the Mountains meet the Sea in the Land of Smiles)
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To: kattracks

Game Master: "Mr. Kerry, would you please remove the Oregon Piece from the game board?"


10 posted on 09/25/2004 4:37:53 AM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (You can turn your head away from the Berg video and still hear Al Queda's calls to prayer.)
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To: OneLoyalAmerican

Has hell frozen over?......

Good question. Who do we know down there to check it out?


12 posted on 09/25/2004 4:41:24 AM PDT by bert (Peace is only halftime !)
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To: kattracks

Spoken by a man of strong principle. I had heard of this man, but who could imagine such a super-pacifist republican in the first place, but of course, now he's sees the real difference between "then" and "now".


13 posted on 09/25/2004 4:49:36 AM PDT by jocon307 (Ann Coulter was right)
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To: kattracks
This is amazing.

Next, perhaps WWII vet McGovern will endorse Bush.

14 posted on 09/25/2004 4:52:36 AM PDT by CatoRenasci (Ceterum Censeo Arabiam Esse Delendam -- Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit)
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To: LakeLady

why isn't this up on drudge?


15 posted on 09/25/2004 4:53:10 AM PDT by dalight
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To: Lion Den Dan

Good point!


16 posted on 09/25/2004 4:53:41 AM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Count Petofi will not be denied!)
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan

Not only Hatfield, but in the Oregonian?

...I've been looking for Dorothy and her little dog ever since...


17 posted on 09/25/2004 4:56:16 AM PDT by wrbones (Where'd I put my tin foil hat....)
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To: jocon307

OMG...this...for a baby-boomer who well remembers Hatfield..is one hell of a shock. This is an important endorsement- Hatfield was always known by his integrity and principles.


18 posted on 09/25/2004 4:57:48 AM PDT by SE Mom
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To: dalight

Good question. Let's send ol' Matt a link to the story.

Welcome to FR! You're coming up on your first month anniv.
Having a good time yet?


19 posted on 09/25/2004 4:58:47 AM PDT by LakeLady (Terrorists, Kerry, DemonRats...ZOT 'em all! It's their only chance to leave in a blaze of glory.)
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To: kattracks

Dang,
Guess I can be proud once again to say I'm from Oregon. Well, almost as I'm sure Ashland will be mostly john-john in November.
Sako


20 posted on 09/25/2004 5:01:41 AM PDT by SakoL61R (terrorists are like fire ants-just kill'em any way possible)
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To: kattracks
FYI Mark Hatfield is currently in Intensive Care in Washington.
21 posted on 09/25/2004 5:06:17 AM PDT by mollynme (cogito, ergo freepum)
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To: bert
Good question. Who do we know down there to check it out?

LOL!

Osama bin Laden?


22 posted on 09/25/2004 5:19:02 AM PDT by OneLoyalAmerican (BREAKING NEWS for MSM! Republican activists participate in conservative forums!)
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To: kattracks

Will wonders ever cease?


23 posted on 09/25/2004 5:35:03 AM PDT by txrangerette
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To: kattracks

Ya think there's an army of private dicks and paid researchers digging through Hatfield's past for dirt yet? He just said "kick me".


24 posted on 09/25/2004 5:35:53 AM PDT by dasboot (<img src="XXX">)
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To: LakeLady
mmm.. been a month since I couldn't keep myself from posting rather than just lurking. I have only made a desperate fool of myself 3 or 4 times.. so.. I guess its going well.. This place is definitely addicting.

I have been a Denizen of the internet for some 14 years now, starting with a long since dead service. I remember promises of the internet delivering something like this Free Republic at several times during that span of more than a decade.

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There is a system of recognition that reinforces good postings and kicks the butts of folks of making stupid mistakes. But in a good natured way. With facts.. I had my hat handed to me the other day with a series of pdf's. It was humbling but at the same time delightful.

I do web development for a living.. so I am intensely curious about this place. I made some small suggestions about how the interface could use some minor tweaks.. promptly ignored.. bet these folks are inundated with all sorts of "suggestions". LOL. Anyway.. this is fine. It needs a few things.. but what great thing doesn't. The interface is much better than DU.. and I think that this is one reason FR is more effective.. lol.. cheers..

25 posted on 09/25/2004 5:38:30 AM PDT by dalight
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan

Poor Mark Hatfield. He got booted from the Senate for chasing a woman around his desk. I agree that sexual harrassment should not be tolerated!

But along comes Bill Clinton who ... well, we know. And Barney Frank, William Kennedy Smith, etc.

There ARE two Americas! There is a set of rules for Republicans and another for Democrats. The Republicans are held to higher standards and Democrats are not held to any standards.


26 posted on 09/25/2004 5:42:10 AM PDT by whitedog57
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To: SE Mom
...for a baby-boomer who well remembers Hatfield..is one hell of a shock. This is an important endorsement...

Ditto this statement! From the viewpoint of us baby-boomers this is a much more important endorsement of Bush than former NY mayor Koch's or Sen. Miller's. It is also important in that he states that his view on terrorism, and his support of Bush, is shaped by his visit to Hiroshima shortly after the bomb was dropped, a perspective held by only a few people. The overwhelming majority of us do not share that perspective (9/11 is our worst memory) and Hatfield is reminding us that the potential is so much worse. Also, remember the famous 1964 "Atomic Bomb" commercial used by LBJ against Goldwater's aggressive stance? (A little girl picking a flower when a nuke expodes.) An effective RNC print commercial today would be a photo of a nuke followed overlaid with a couple of paragraphs from Hatfield's statement:

I know from my service in the Senate that Saddam Hussein was an active supporter of terrorism. He used weapons of mass destruction on innocent people and left no doubt that he would do so again. It was crucial to the cause of world peace that he be removed from power.

Having seen atrocious loss in World War II, I understand the devastation of armed conflict. We have paid dearly with American and Iraqi lives for our commitment, but we cannot afford the alternative. Nor can we afford a president who puts a wet finger in the air and turns over his decisions to pollsters.

27 posted on 09/25/2004 5:43:21 AM PDT by LZ_Bayonet
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To: whitedog57
You're remembering Packwood, not Hatfield.

When that pair was around they were the liberal male west coast pair of RINOs the likes of which are seen today on the east coast in the embodiments of Snowe and Collins from Maine.

28 posted on 09/25/2004 6:07:56 AM PDT by Agamemnon
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To: dalight

" The interface is much better than DU.. and I think that this is one reason FR is more effective.. lol.. cheers.."

Actually, the reason FR is effective is the diversity of views and the ability to correct error. DU and other sites tend to reinforce error, rather than correct it. Which, BTW, I am all in favor of, since it is aiding in the decline and fall of the dem party- and I was once a proud member.


29 posted on 09/25/2004 6:16:05 AM PDT by KeyWest
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To: kattracks
HA! I wouldn't write anything, but this is too sick not to.

I thought the headline said "Mark Hacking" (as in the wife killer) and I was wondering how in the hell that freak's endorsement was a good thing.
30 posted on 09/25/2004 6:19:11 AM PDT by Jaysun (Taxation WITH representation isn't so hot either.)
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To: kattracks
Hatfield getting religion in his old age???? I think not.

Hatfield is another Jimmy Carter, looking to get his name in the papers one more time.

31 posted on 09/25/2004 6:19:43 AM PDT by cynicom (<p)
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To: kattracks

Great. Another lib who FINALLY gets it. Stay this way for another 30 years and we'll call it even.


32 posted on 09/25/2004 6:21:19 AM PDT by ILS21R
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To: kattracks

'I know from my service in the Senate that Saddam Hussein was an active supporter of terrorism. He used weapons of mass destruction on innocent people and left no doubt that he would do so again. It was crucial to the cause of world peace that he be removed from power.'

That must be repeated until it sticks.

Losing the battle for Iraq in the War on Terror (WWIV) will have a devastating impact on the whole free world. The fact that much of the free world doesn't recognize that is irrelevant. They will be saved in spite of themselves if they simply get out of the way of the courageous in the pursuit of genuine peace.


33 posted on 09/25/2004 6:30:23 AM PDT by wiley
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To: dalight

Welcome to FR!


34 posted on 09/25/2004 6:42:49 AM PDT by BlessedBeGod
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To: kattracks

Mark Hatfield, wasn't he a carpet Salesman in Oregon?

Got whacked in the head last week and now he sees the light. Guess the crash dummies are right, "Fender to the forehead, works every time"


35 posted on 09/25/2004 7:04:35 AM PDT by TexasTransplant (I made my Fortune selling Sugar Coated Cat Turds on a Stick at the DNC Convention)
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To: kattracks; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Grampa Dave; Jim Robinson; A Citizen Reporter; ...

FYI


36 posted on 09/25/2004 7:10:00 AM PDT by kayak (JFKerry "has fewer days at work this year than he has houses" - Tom DeLay)
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To: Salvation; FBD; dixiechick2000; SAMWolf

Looks like 9/11 woke up Mr Hatfield.

This needs to be spread all over Oregon. The peace senator backs GW.


37 posted on 09/25/2004 7:13:18 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (When will the ABCNNBC BS lunatic libs stop Rathering to Americans? Answer: NEVER!)
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To: kayak

Thanks, k. I mailed this to my aunt in Ca. She will spread the word.


38 posted on 09/25/2004 7:15:02 AM PDT by lysie (Steve Pitkin: Kerry coached me and others to lie about atrocities.)
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To: kattracks; Agamemnon
I have the highest respect for Mark Hatfield. In 1985 I helped coach the Lake Oswego Mock Trial Team when they won the state championship. My son was a member of that hand picked team. In D.C., Senator Hatfield scheduled a private meeting with the team who were representing Oregon at the national finals. He was so impressed with our group that he cleared his schedule and canceled a luncheon. He spent two hours with us, then personally took our group over to eat as his guests in the Senate dining room. We rode over on the trolley that runs under Congress guided the Senator. Hatfield is a true gentleman and a very honorable man. He was also a great Senator who did not support Lyndon Johnson's Gulf of Tonkin Resolution (Google it. Johnson was a worse liar than Clinton).

I still recall the faces of those kids when we toured the Vietnam Memorial. I was looking up some of my best friends who died in Vietnam. One team member, a very talented young man, was so overwhelmed he had tears running down his face.

39 posted on 09/25/2004 7:17:23 AM PDT by ex-Texan (Proud "Pajama Militia" Member)
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To: kayak

Thanks for the ping.

I was posting my reply as you posted your ping.

This should have a lot of impact in Portland with the so called uncommited voters who are afraid to say that they might be for GW.


40 posted on 09/25/2004 7:18:53 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (When will the ABCNNBC BS lunatic libs stop Rathering to Americans? Answer: NEVER!)
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To: KeyWest
Yes, but part of why DU works the way it does is its interface. As lame as the Vanities are and the repetitions are, the moderators seem to decide what to do based on keeping the discussion moving. The structure is very flat and invites and celebrates new voices. Allowing deeper levels in the threads tends to hide ideas rather than exposing them so that perhaps post #47 might have been missed. I know.. I saw it when it hit.. and was stunned. If that had been hidden levels deep.. it might have been days before it bubbled up.

Also, around here.. we are already way on warning that folks are lurking to find fault. Its a maxim that folks should stay with the facts.. and not get caught in wild speculations. Its insane how fast folks around here get to the nub. DU is not used to having the press pick their ideas apart. If the document forgery story had been against the Reps.. it would have been.. front page news without all of our work to strain out fonts and proportional spacing and such.. the standard we have to live with is "Beyond Any Reasonable Doubt." DU lives in world where the standard is "It Might Be Reasonably Supposed."

This can't help but disburse energy in lots of false tangents. I am thinking of all of the effort they waisted on Bush's Unit Citation.. arrf.. what a load of crap.. if someone had brought that up around here.. they would be promptly told.. so what... and it would die.. but they went after this for weeks..

41 posted on 09/25/2004 7:28:38 AM PDT by dalight
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To: mollynme; kayak
I know from my service in the Senate that Saddam Hussein was an active supporter of terrorism. He used weapons of mass destruction on innocent people and left no doubt that he would do so again. It was crucial to the cause of world peace that he be removed from power.

Tellin' it like it is! I hope he has a quick recovery from his injuries.

42 posted on 09/25/2004 7:31:03 AM PDT by ride the whirlwind (And I have faith in the transforming power of freedom. - President Bush to the criminals in the UN)
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To: kattracks

He gets it. The war on terror is a fight for our survival.


43 posted on 09/25/2004 7:44:47 AM PDT by w1andsodidwe (Jimmy Carter allowed radical Islam to get a foothold in Iran.)
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To: kattracks

This is good to see!


44 posted on 09/25/2004 7:48:01 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: kattracks; oregon; abcraghead; aimhigh; Andy from Beaverton; Archie Bunker on steroids; ...

Oregon Ping

Please notify me via FReepmail if you would like to be added to or taken off the Oregon Ping List.

45 posted on 09/25/2004 7:49:14 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: mollynme; kattracks
Ex-Senator Hatfield Hospitalized After Fall [Oregon]
46 posted on 09/25/2004 7:52:10 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: SakoL61R

Ditto!


47 posted on 09/25/2004 7:54:34 AM PDT by Zellenn
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To: kattracks

bump


48 posted on 09/25/2004 7:55:32 AM PDT by VOA
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To: kayak; kattracks
My view.......Mark Hatfield has always been a man of principle........though desperately wrong for 30 years.

I'm in the camp of those who believe him when he says the 9/11 changed everything for him.

I hope this gets some national coverage.

49 posted on 09/25/2004 7:57:25 AM PDT by ohioWfan (BUSH 2004 -Leadership, Integrity, Morality)
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To: cynicom
I think you're wrong about that.

You're right about Carter, though. He's a total fraud who used 'religion' to get ahead politically, when many of his views were antithetical to Christianity.

Hatfield, I believe, was truly a pacifist......a viable, though wrongheaded Christian ideology.

And I believe he genuinely means what he has said here.

50 posted on 09/25/2004 8:02:40 AM PDT by ohioWfan (BUSH 2004 -Leadership, Integrity, Morality)
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