Verbatim: Jan. 26, 2004

"While President Bush likes to project an image of strength and courage, the real truth is that in the presence of his large financial contributors, he is a moral coward." AL GORE, former Vice President, in a speech critical of Bush's environmental policies

"I used some vivid language that, if I could take it back, I'd take it back ... It's not my intention to be personally critical of the President or of anyone else." PAUL O'NEILL, former Treasury Secretary, on statements in the new book The Price of Loyalty, in which he characterized President Bush's behavior in economic-policy meetings as...

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