by NEDRA PICKLER
CWA Presidential fourm
WASHINGTON Mar 27, 2007 (AP)— Democratic presidential candidate Barack
Obama accused the Bush administration on Tuesday of pursuing a policy
of "social Darwinism" that leaves every man and woman struggling.
"It's a strategy that we've seen this administration pursue over the
last six years, that basically says government has no role to play in
making sure that America is prosperous for all people and not just
some," Obama said to applause during an appearance before the
Communications Workers of America.
The Illinois senator said the attempt to "divvy up the government into
individual tax breaks" may be tempting, but government research and
investment is what has made advances possible in the United States.
Obama, John Edwards and Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed the CWA's
conference, each accusing the administration of failing to look out
for average workers and vowing to make changes if elected president.
Clinton said she wanted to return to a time when the country and its
leaders had big goals and achieved them like improving civil rights or
sending a man to the moon. She said she wished President Bush would
have used the opportunity of a unified nation after the Sept. 11
terrorist attacks to make the country energy independent or provide
universal health care.
"We were waiting for the president to seize the moment to say, let's
take this time and let's become energy independent so we're not
sending money to people who fund those who then turn around and attack
us," she said.
The White House had no immediate comment.
Before Clinton took the stage, union leaders removed some members of
the anti-war group Code Pink who often protest her appearances.
Barbara Easterling, secretary-treasurer of the union, went to the
podium and explained that while CWA is deeply involved in the anti-war
movement and considers Code Pink well-intentioned, they didn't want
them to disrupt the event.
The protesters sang "Power to the People" as hotel management escorted them out.