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Japan Today - News - Democrats want Bush to fire Rove over 9-11 remarks - Japan's Leading International News NetworkDemocrats want Bush to fire Rove over 9-11 remarks

Saturday, June 25, 2005 at 07:44 JST
WASHINGTON — Democrats on Friday launched a petition urging President George W Bush to fire his key adviser Karl Rove, whom they accused of politicizing the Sept 11 attacks to divide Americans.

"Karl Rove is abusing the memory of 9-11 in order to score cheap political points and is spreading lies to impugn the values of Democrats who love their country, so it's time for him to go," a Democratic Party official, Anne Lewis, wrote in an email asking supporters to sign the petition.

Rove, a deputy White House chief of staff who crafted President George W Bush's two successful presidential races, drew the ire of Democrats after he accused the left of backing a softer response to the 2001 terrorist attacks.

"Conservatives saw the savagery of 9-11 and the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9-11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers," he told fellow Republicans at a fundraising dinner in New York on Wednesday.

The White House defended Rove, saying he was "talking about different philosophies and different approaches to the war on terrorism."

Former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry also called for Rove's resignation, accusing him of distorting the truth.

"In the days after 9-11, there were no Democrats, no Republicans. We were all Americans, standing together," the senator said. "President Bush acknowledged that unity in a clear and compelling way at the time." (Wire reports)

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