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Alfred E. Newman and Bush

Aspen (Colorado), July 11 (AP): Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has attacked President George W. Bush in a speech and accused him of damaging the economy by overspending while giving tax cuts to the rich.

The Democrat from New York and wife of former President Bill Clinton also accused Bush of depriving US soldiers of equipment needed to fight the war in Iraq and cutting funding for scientific research.

“I sometimes feel that Alfred E. Newman is in charge in Washington,” Clinton said referring to the freckle-faced character in the satirical Mad magazine.

She drew a laugh from the crowd when she described Bush’s attitude toward tough issues with Newman’s catchphrase: “What, me worry'”

Clinton, who was speaking during the inaugural Aspen Ideas festival, organised by the Aspen institute of nonpartisan think tank, did not mention the presidential election in 2008.

She said the US should remain in Iraq until peace can be maintained by the Iraqi people, saying the mission was part of the “long struggle against terrorism” by America.

“The threat of terrorism is as close as our daily commute,” said Clinton, adding that people around the world admired the “famous resilience” of the British in the wake of last week’s terrorist attacks.

When it came to the economy, Clinton accused the Bush administration of focusing on helping the wealthy while hurting the middle class, which she said has been key to Americans’ success and stability.

She said the middle class is now being threatened by an ailing economy caused by the growing national debt, growing healthcare costs, the loss of pensions and the loss of manufacturing diversity.

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