Bush Administration Reverses Position

Bush Administration Reverse Position on Child Abductions

Reversing a long-held position, the Bush Administration today denounced child abduction. "Our nation grieves with every family that has suffered unbearable loss," the President declared, "and our nation will fight the threats against our children." But Democrats were quick to point out that, in an effort to attract the libertarian and "soccer mom" vote, Bush promised throughout the 2000 election that he would seek to increase child abductions if elected. "This is a major U-turn for the President," said Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. "Now that Big Business is afraid of losing the next generation of clerks and cashiers, Bush suddenly becomes anti-kidnapping. The American people will see this for what it really is: an expedient, politically-motivated ploy." White House Spokesman Ari Fleischer, meanwhile, insists that the new policy of denouncing child abductions is in no way inconsistent with the administration's strong pro-abduction stance.