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Christopher Dodd Discusses the Terrorist Attack

Aired September 11, 2001 - 13:53   ET

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JUDY WOODRUFF, CNN ANCHOR: With me now here in the studio, Connecticut Democratic Senator Christopher Dodd. Senator Dodd, a long time member of not only the Senate, but of the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee.

Senator Dodd, first of all, what can you say to the American people listening who want to know about the security of the leaders of our country, the president, and everyone else?

SEN. CHRISTOPHER DODD (D), CONNECTICUT: Well, I think they are taking the proper steps in here, and you haven't heard as much from some of the leaders as you might like at this point, but I think those responsible for their security are doing exactly what they should be doing.

I am told that they are in very good shape, that they've -- are being isolated because we don't know the magnitude of this effort. It's beyond our imagination already what has occurred. And if someone or an organization clearly responsible for this, this sophisticated an effort, the potential for them doing more damage is obviously obvious. And so, making sure that our leaders are secure is the right step.

And -- and for those who may be wondering abroad who are watching this program, Judy -- I am a Democrat, as you know. We stand completely and totally behind our president. We may have our differences from here from time to time, but in a day like this, which rivals if not exceeds the attack on Pearl Harbor almost 60 years ago -- three months from now. We stand totally united behind our president and our government. They are taking the proper steps. We are pulling together as a people. And we will overcome this.

Initially, obviously, our prayers and thoughts go to those who have lost their lives, who have been injured in this -- this incredible, incredible attack and then we will...

WOODRUFF: Senator.

DODD: Yes, I am sorry?

WOODRUFF: Senator, I am just going to interrupt you now.

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