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Senate OKs Cornyn's anti-MoveOn.org bill
WASHINGTON — Sen. John Cornyn won approval Thursday of a measure condemning a liberal group for criticizing the top military commander in Iraq — a measure similar to the one Cornyn was rebuffed for last week.
The Senate voted 72-25 to attach Cornyn's amendment criticizing MoveOn.org to the defense authorization bill.
Cornyn failed to get a similar amendment into the transportation and housing spending bill last week because it was ruled not germane to that bill.
"I can't believe that any member of this Senate would vote against this amendment which condemns this character assassination," Cornyn said from the Senate floor.
Earlier, President Bush had called MoveOn.org's full-page ad critical of Gen. David Petraeus disgusting. The ad ran in the New York Times Sept. 10 with the boldface headline: "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?"
Democrats failed in their attempt to counter Cornyn's amendment with their own.
Their version condemned the MoveOn.org ad and criticism of John Kerry by the Swift Boat Veterans, a group that received financing from Houston homebuilder Bob Perry during the 2004 presidential campaign.
The Democrats' amendment also criticized an ad run by Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a Republican, in a bitter 2002 race against former Sen. Max Cleland, a Democrat. Cleland lost three limbs in Vietnam. Chambliss' ad criticized Cleland's commitment to national security.