Battle heats up over Bolton confirmation

The White House has been in a serious battle to have conservative hard-liner and former Undersecretary of State John Bolton confirmed as the next US Ambassador to the United Nations.

The White House has been in a serious battle to have conservative hard-liner and former Undersecretary of State John Bolton confirmed as the next US Ambassador to the United Nations.

There is growing speculation in DC that the Bush administration may force a showdown vote in the Senate if its Foreign Relations Committee refuses to endorse Bolton. President Bush's credibility is being threatened as he threw his support behind Bolton and seemed sure of achieving a speedy approval.

Most frequent messages

1. Bolton's nomination has been stalled by various allegations from the Democrats

2. The President's and Vice President's political advisor have tried to get support for Bolton

3. Bolton confirmation hearings have contributed to a standstill of new legislation in DC

4. Colin Powell has reemerged to conduct a campaign to defeat Bush's nomination of Bolton

5. Ex-Powell chief of staff told The New York Times that Bolton "is incapable of listening to people"

Based on analysis of more than 10,000 radio and TV news programs from April 24-28

Evaluation and analysis by VMS

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