“I will be signing this bill Wednesday,” Bush said in an interview on Fox News Sunday. When asked whether he would consider further action if the economy continued to sputter, Bush said: “We just have to play it by ear.”
The Fox News transcript is here.
President Bush also mentioned the FISA legislation, which leads Senate floor debate starting Monday. The Senate Intelligence Committee version of S. 2248 came out of committee with a bipartisan, 13-2 vote, but is opposed by the party’s left wing, the netroots, and ACLU-types. In a portion of the interview about the fall campaigns, the President acknowledged these political realities:
America’s got to be in the lead if you want to deal with these threats and we’ve had a lot of friends with us. And I’m confident our candidate will say, we’re going to lead to protect the American people. It’s a fundamental difference. Look at the FISA debate.
We believe that our intelligence officers ought to have all the tools they need to protect the American people. And yet it’s — and I think we’re going to get a good bipartisan bill and so I applaud those Democrats. I’m not going after those Democrats. But there is a big part of the Democrat Party that is against giving our intelligence officers the tools necessary to protect America.
We expect many loud expressions of unhappiness about these comments on the Senate floor Monday.
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