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Rove: Terrorism to be top election issue

Associated Press
Published January 21, 2006

WASHINGTON - White House adviser Karl Rove said Friday that the war on terror will be a key campaign issue in November, and said Democrats were "mean-spirited and small-minded" in questioning Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito.

"Republicans have a post-9/11 view of the world. And Democrats have a pre-9/11 view of the world," Rove said. "That doesn't make them unpatriotic, not at all. But it does make them wrong - deeply and profoundly and consistently wrong."

Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean criticized Rove's remarks and renewed his call for the deputy White House chief of staff to be fired. "That is both unpatriotic and wrong," Dean said.

On Friday, Rove called for election-year civility - "Our opponents are our fellow citizens, not our enemies," he said. But he said Democrats are unable to protect the country from terrorists.

"The United States faces a ruthless enemy - and we need a commander in chief and a Congress who understand the nature of the threat and the gravity that American finds itself in," Rove said. "President Bush and the Republican Party do. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for many Democrats."

[Last modified January 21, 2006, 01:34:14]

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