The Candidates React to Burma Cyclone

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008; 5:41 PM

By Garance Franke-Ruta and Juliet Eilperin As the toll of dead or missing in Burma soared to 60,000 in the wake of Cyclone Nargis's slamming into the South Asian state over the weekend, the candidates for president issued statements on the tragedy. "My heart goes out to the people of Burma who have lost loved ones or otherwise been tragically affected by the cyclone that devastated Burma this past weekend," Sen. Barack Obama said in a statement this morning. "I support the Administration's plan to deploy a disaster assistance response team to Burma to assess the needs of Burma's people, and I urge the Burmese government to allow our team access.... Although the regime in Burma is one whose repressive rule deserves our condemnation, I also strongly believe that humanitarian assistance should not be used as a political tool against those in need." Sen. Hillary Clinton had expressed similar sentiments


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