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Clinton blasts Bush: ‘We are isolated, America is divided’

Press Trust of India

Posted: Jul 27, 2004 at 1226 hrs IST

Former US Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter have said that incumbent George W Bush and the Republicans have isolated America in the war against terror and divided the country by giving tax credits to the rich at the expense of the poor.

Clinton, who was introduced by his wife Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in Boston which will officially nominate John Kerry for November 2 election, said terrorism can only be defeated if the US has more partners.

He said the republican administration has not only wiped out the huge budgetary surpluses he had built but also is now running huge deficits, depending on China and Japan. "If you believe it is good policy vote for the Republicans. Otherwise, send John Kerry to the white house," he said at the convention on Monday.

Clinton accused Republicans for rising health care costs and neglecting the environment. Both Clinton and Carter pointed out that the country was united after 9/11 with the rest of the world.

But Bush, said Clinton, "walked away from our allies" in attacking Iraq before the weapons inspectors had finished their work. Similarly, instead of seeking to control the proliferation of nuclear weapons, the Bush administration was trying to build two new weapons.

Clinton said, "This is a time of unprecedented change. The question is how to build a safe and prosperous world for the children. The 21st century is marked by serious security threats and challenges but it also provides amazing opportunities".

Carter said the current administration is "sorely lacking in judgment and maturity." referring to allegations that Bush misled the nation into war against America, Carter said, "our international challenge is to restore the greatness of America, based on speaking the truth, commitment to peace and respect for civil liberties at home and basic human rights around the world.

"Truth is the foundation of our global leadership but our credibility has been shattered and we are left increasingly isolated and vulnerable in a hostile world. Without trust, America cannot flourish," Carter said.

Former Vice President Al Gore alluded to the fact that he lost the last election though he had won more popular votes than Bush did but a Supreme Court ruling made Bush the President to succeed Clinton. He, Clinton and others asked the delegates to see that it does not happen again, and stressed that the only way to prevent that is to make every vote cunt and persuade every voter to cast his ballot.

With thousands of party delegates attending the convention and journalists covering the event, security was unprecedented.

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