Voices in the News: Nagin, Gore, Cheney and W. Va.

Jan 22, 2006



From NPR News this is WEEKEND EDITION, I'm Liane Hansen. And these were some of the voices in the news this past week.

(Soundbite of song 'Midnight Hour')

Mr. WILSON PICKETT (Performer): I was in Detroit. And I was living on Chicago Boulevard and Dexter and I had a little bit apartment where a little bed pulled out. And it had a little kitchenette -- they called it. And I wrote, 'Wait 'Til The Midnight Hour'. And it's a big song, I mean it's incredible how big that song is today.

Mayor RAY NAGIN (Democrat, New Orleans): It's time for us to come together. It's time for us to rebuild a New Orleans, the one that should be, a chocolate New Orleans. And I don't care what people are saying Uptown or wherever they are, this city will be chocolate at the end of the day.

Mr. ALEX GERHOLD (Resident, New Orleans): He used the wrong dairy product to describe us. We're more Neapolitan not chocolate. We're more vanilla, strawberry...

Former Vice President AL GORE (Democrat): What we do know about this pervasive wiretapping virtually compels the conclusion that the president of the United States has been breaking the law, repeatedly and insistently.

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Vice President RICHARD CHENEY: Knowing what I know and having been involved from the very beginning, I would want to be absolutely certain that the man who is making the key decisions to safeguard the nation would do exactly what George Bush did. And frankly I hear Al Gore make those kinds of comments, I'm just reminded of how fortunate we are that he didn't get elected.

Ms. LARA RAMSBURG, (Spokeswoman for West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin): There is some type of fire at the Aracoma Mine in Logan County, West Virginia.

Governor JOE MANCHIN (Democrat, West Virginia): Our little state's been through a lot of tragedy in a very short period of time. But if you know West Virginia families, we're strong. And with the grace of God, we're gonna get through this. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.