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Pat Roberts: Opposed UN ban on discrimination against disabilities

Roberts has begun aligning himself with the most conservative elements of the Senate, after a career in the mainstream conservative tradition of fellow Kansans like Bob Dole and Nancy Kassebaum

Roberts opposed a United Nations treaty banning discrimination against people with disabilities after being personally lobbied to support it by his predecessor, former Senator Kassebaum, and by former Senator Dole, who uses a wheelchair. Roberts said he did not trust the UN.

"I'm disappointed in Pat," said Kassebaum, referring to both the treaty vote and his larger reluctance to stand up to his party's right wing. "You're not sent there just to go whichever way the polls tell us."

Dole, who supports Roberts, acknowledged that his old friend's vote had irritated him "a little bit." "My view is we need to be a party of inclusion, and that includes moderates as well as conservatives," Dole said.

Roberts's aides candidly acknowledge that the moves [ensure against losing in a Tea Party primary].

Source: N. Y. Times on 2014 Kansas Senate race Feb 7, 2014

Dick Cheney: Tenet rejects Cheney statements on Iraq/Al-Qaida connection

CIA Director Tenet rejected assertions by Cheney that Iraq had cooperated with the al-Qaida terrorist network. Tenet also rejected Cheney’s statements that the administration had proof of an illicit Iraqi biological warfare program. “I’m not going to sit here and tell you what my interaction was . and what I did and didn’t do, except that you have to have confidence to know that when I believed that somebody was misconstruing intelligence, I said something about it.”
Source: [X-ref Tenet] Knight Ridder in Kansas City Star Mar 10, 2004

George Tenet: Tenet rejects Cheney statements on Iraq/Al-Qaida connection

CIA Director Tenet rejected assertions by Cheney that Iraq had cooperated with the al-Qaida terrorist network. Tenet also rejected Cheney’s statements that the administration had proof of an illicit Iraqi biological warfare program. “I’m not going to sit here and tell you what my interaction was . and what I did and didn’t do, except that you have to have confidence to know that when I believed that somebody was misconstruing intelligence, I said something about it.”
Source: Knight Ridder in Kansas City Star Mar 10, 2004

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