Hastert: I’m Not Stepping Down


WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2006 — Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert today dismissed a call for him to step down from his post.

In an editorial today, The Washington Times called for the speaker to step down. But on The Sean Hannity Show today, Hastert said he would not step down.

“We have to be strong,” Hastert, R-Ill., said. “We have to run this race.”

The Washington Times asked Hastert to step down in light of the Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., Internet sex scandal.

“House Speaker Dennis Hastert must do the only right thing, and resign his speakership at once,” the newspaper wrote. “Either he was grossly negligent for not taking the red flags fully into account and ordering a swift investigation, for not even remembering the order of events leading up to last week’s revelations — or he deliberately looked the other way in hopes that a brewing scandal would simply blow away.”

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