President Bush gave embattled House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) a vote of support on Tuesday. (click below for transcript.)
Hastert is unlikely to step down just weeks before the November election. The calls are coming from the GOP right. A resignation would send more shockwaves through the rank and file and may not help keep GOP House seats.
Question 1. Should Hastert step down now in the wake of the Foley page sex scandal.
Question 2. If the GOP remains in control of Congress after the November elections--should Hastert remain as Speaker?
President Bush on Tuesday....
PRESIDENT BUSH: We also had a reminder of the need for people in positions of responsibility to uphold that responsibility when it comes to children, in the case of Congressman Mark Foley.
I was dismayed and shocked to learn about Congressman Foley's unacceptable behavior. I was disgusted by the revelations and disappointed that he would violate the trust of the -- of the citizens who have placed him in office.
Families have every right to expect that when they send their children to be a congressional page in Washington that those children will be safe. We have every right as citizens to expect people who hold high office to behave responsibly in that office.
I fully support Speaker Hastert's call for an investigation by law enforcement into this matter. This investigation should be thorough, and any violations of the law should be prosecuted.
Now, I know Denny Hastert. I meet with him a lot. He is a father, teacher, coach who cares about the children of this country. I know that he wants all the facts to come out, and he wants to ensure that these children that -- up there on Capitol Hill are protected. I'm confident he will provide whatever leadership he can to law enforcement in this investigation.
Again, I want to thank you for your hospitality. It's an honor to be here. Appreciate your time. God bless.