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Musgrave Votes For Torture - 12/19/2005

Musgrave Votes For Torture

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FORT COLLINS – Representative Angie Paccione today demanded that Colorado Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave explain why she voted on Thursday to allow the torturing of prisoners.  Musgrave cast her vote for torture only hours before the White House and an overwhelming majority of congressional members from both political parties decided to put an immediate stop the practice.

“My opponent needs to come out of hiding and tell the voters of the 4th Congressional District exactly why she supports torturing people,” declared State Representative Angie Paccione. “She may endorse the use of cruel and unusual punishment on suspects held by Americans in secret prisons, but Coloradoans do not agree.”  Paccione is a candidate for Musgrave’s seat in the 4th Congressional District.

Musgrave cast her vote came only hours before President Bush and Senator John McCain of Arizona agreed to bar any U.S. personnel from employing cruel and unusual punishment on priso! ners in American captivity anywhere in the world.  The Senate had supported the legislation earlier.  On Thursday the Republican-controlled House of Representatives followed suit in endorsing the legislation drafted by McCain, who had suffered torture himself as a prisoner of war.

Paccione said she agreed with Republican leaders who have demanded clear guidelines on the interrogation of suspects.  President Bush has repeatedly proclaimed that, “We do not torture,” and GOP Senator Susan Collins of Maine declared that such treatment of prisoners “is absolutely unacceptable (and) contrary to our values.”

Mrs. Musgrave’s extremist positions have been clear for years, and now she has another giant step away from mainstream America.  This time we know exactly where she stands—out of touch with the values of Colorado's Fourth ,”  said Paccione.

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