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Smith: Bush re-election will resolve water dispute
Published August 5, 2004
Sen. Gordon Smith pledged Wednesday that a
solution to the Basin's water problems would be
found within the next four years - if voters
re-elect President Bush.
"Whether it's water or war, we'll end up on the
winning side," said Smith, one of the two U.S.
senators who represent Oregon.
"Aren't water and war the same thing, senator?"
Smith said in an earlier interview that finding
common ground would take a few more years of
leadership from the president's administration.
The Republican senator is making stops around
Oregon this week, taking advantage of the Senate's
August recess. He visited Medford and Lakeview on
Wednesday before coming to Klamath Falls.
Smith used his visit to reinforce Bush's foreign
policy, and to remember Kelly, a 2001 Klamath
Union High School graduate who was killed in
action July 16 by a roadside bomb in Iraq.
The Republican said he voted for intervention in
Iraq because he believes pre-emptive action can
make the world more secure.
"We didn't start the war on terror. But we're
going to finish it. And we're winning it. You mark
my words: What happened in Japan, what happened in
Germany, what happened in Korea, will happen there
"I'll have to tell you in the Senate this year,
politics have taken the place of policy," he said.
"I'm looking forward to serving in the 109th
Congress with Bush as our re-elected president,"
Smith said. "I'm not here to be partisan, but it
is a partisan season."
Smith sponsored legislation in July called the
Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act. After his
emotional appeal to colleagues on the Senate
floor, the bill passed the Senate without a single
The legislation would authorize $82 million in
federal grants that would help states and tribes
develop suicide-prevention strategies and boost
mental health programs at college campuses.
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