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Joe Wilson Speaks in Tallahassee

By: Donna Davis
By: Donna Davis

Former ambassador Joseph Wilson ran afoul of the White House when he challenged the president’s assertion that Saddam Hussein was trying to buy uranium for weapons of mass destruction.

He believes the president’s top political strategist, Karl Rove, revealed his wife’s role in the CIA to punish him for speaking out. Now Wilson and top Democrats say Bush should fire Rove, even if he isn’t charged with a crime.

Joseph Wilson says, "Certainly we as Americans have a right. It seems to me to demand a higher ethical standard from those who sit in close proximity to the president of the United States.”

While a federal grand jury is investigating the case involving Karl Rove, Gov. Jeb Bush is standing my his brother’s political guru.

“I think it’s much ado about nothing,” says Gov. Bush.

Wilson sees it quite differently. He says Rove ousted his wife as a CIA operative after he wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times saying the weapons of mass destruction claim was exaggerated.

Wilson says, “I always assumed that it was really done to scare other people and intimidate other people from coming forward."

Wilson says he’s anxious to see what will happen to Karl Rove and if the president will fire him. Wilson says the president has gone back on his word because when the scandal first came out the president said he would fire anyone who leaked the identity of a CIA agent.


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