Rep. Maxine Waters Calls on Congressional Colleagues to Join Massive Anti-War Rally
Wednesday, January 24th, 2007http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/01/24/1534208
Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California has sent a letter to every other member of the House urging them to participate in Saturday’s anti-war protest in Washington. She joins us to talk about her call and her resolution to withdraw US troops from Iraq. [includes rush transcript]
Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California has sent a letter to every other member of the House urging them to participate in Saturday’s anti-war protest in Washington. She joins us now to talk about her call and her resolution to withdraw US troops from Iraq.
- Maxine Waters. Democratic Congresswoman from California. She is the former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and the co-founder of the “Out of Iraq” Caucus.
AMY GOODMAN: We turn now to Washington, D.C. Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California joins us from Capitol Hill, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, co-founder of the Out of Iraq Caucus. Welcome to Democracy Now!, Congressmember Waters.
REP. MAXINE WATERS: Thank you for inviting me. Delighted to be with you this morning.
AMY GOODMAN: Your response to President Bush's State of the Union.
REP. MAXINE WATERS: Well, you know, I said to someone last night I was left feeling a little bit under-whelmed. I know that the President alluded to all of these domestic things. We have basically moved these issues, where he has to say something about energy, he has to talk about healthcare. So he alluded to an awful lot. He did some of the feel-good stuff. But the 100,000-pound elephant in the room was Iraq. There was nothing new. There was no brilliant exit strategy to go along with this escalation. He did not convince anybody that he had a winning formula with this escalation. And so, he left me, the chair of the Out of Iraq Caucus, more inspired to fight him and to try and bring our soldiers home than ever.