Verbatim: Feb. 23, 2004

"They're enemy combatants and terrorists who are being detained for acts of war against our country. That is why different rules have to apply." DONALD RUMSFELD, Defense Secretary, explaining the indefinite detention of foreign terrorism suspects in Guantanamo Bay

"I won't dignify your comments about the President because you don't know what you're talking about ... Let's not go there." COLIN POWELL, Secretary of State, responding testily during a congressional hearing when Democratic Representative Sherrod Brown of Ohio referred to allegations that Bush may not have fulfilled his National Guard duty in 1972

"It's important to show that the Republic ......

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