The Democratic Response
Rep. Richard Gephardt,D-Mo., minority leader
"The events of the last days sadden me. We are now at the height of a cycle of the politics of negative attacks, character assassination, personal smears of good people, decent people, worthy people. It's no wonder to me and to you that the people of our country are cynical and indifferent and apathetic about our government and about our country. The politics of
smear and slash and burn must end."