Kennedy Statement on Bush's NAACP Address
Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy released the following statement on President Bush's address at the NAACP annual convention:
"As President Bush addresses the NAACP and the nation tomorrow, I urge him to state unequivocally that he supports the bill to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act passed last week in the House of Representatives and that he opposes any amendments. The Act protects one of the most basic rights in our democratic societythe right to vote- which Martin Luther King called "civil right number one." Unfortunately when I asked Attorney General Gonzales for the Administration's support, he said that he was not prepared at the time to make that commitment. The issue of Voting Rights transcends party lines, as is clear from the bipartisan support for the bill to guarantee that the right to vote is not denied to any American because of race, national origin or proficiency in English. The bill deserves the full support of this Administration."