Sen. Patty Murray's explanation to high schoolers that charitable works made
Osama bin Laden popular in poor countries -- and her challenge to the United States to do the same -- drew fire Friday from
Republicans and conservatives. ...
"It is absolutely outrageous and despicable to imply that the American government
should learn a lesson from the madman who murdered thousands of American citizens," [Washington
state GOP Chairman Chris] Vance said. ...
In a statement, Murray called bin Laden "an evil terrorist who is responsible
for the deaths of thousands of Americans" and accused Vance and others of twisting her words.
"Having a challenging and thoughtful discussion about America's future reflects
the best values of a free democracy; to sensationalize and distort it in an attempt to divide is not," she said. ...
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