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Obama-Bush Tussle, GOP Losses Top Campaign Headlines

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama takes issue with President Bush's perceived criticism of his foreign policy positions, while the GOP lost a House seat in Mississippi, following other losses in Louisiana and Illinois.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Next, the 2008 race for the White House. An unexpected player, President Bush, shakes things up.

    Barack Obama was in Watertown, South Dakota, this morning for what was intended to be a town hall meeting on rural issues.

    SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D), Illinois: But because there was a little dust-up yesterday about foreign policy, I feel obliged just to make a few comments about that, as well.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The "dust-up" was over remarks President Bush made yesterday to the Israeli Knesset, rebuking those who would negotiate with leaders of rogue nations.

    GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States: Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along.

    We've heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared, "Lord, if I could only have talked to Hitler, all this might have been avoided."

    We have an obligation to call this what it is: the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The White House denies that Mr. Bush's comments were directed at Senator Obama, but Obama and others saw it differently.

  • SEN. BARACK OBAMA:

    He accused me and other Democrats of wanting to negotiate with terrorists and said we were "appeasers," no different from people who appeased Adolf Hitler. That's what George Bush said in front of the Israeli parliament.

    Now, that's exactly the kind of appalling attack that's divided our country and that alienates us from the world. And that's why we need change in Washington. That's part of the reason why I'm running for president of the United States of America.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Yesterday, Hillary Clinton came to Obama's defense, criticizing both the substance and the timing of the president's remarks.

    SEN. HILLARY CLINTON (D), New York: President Bush's comparison of any Democrat to Nazi appeasers is both offensive and outrageous.

    On the face of it, especially in light of his failures in foreign policy, this is the kind of statement that has no place in any presidential address. And, certainly, to use an important moment like the 60th anniversary celebration of Israel to make a political point seems terribly misplaced.