Casper, Wy – As President Bush prepares for his reelection bid next year, his potential Democratic opponents have mainly criticized his handling of the economy and the war in Iraq. A close third, however, could be his environmental record. Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry has called President Bush the kind of politician who would cut down a tree and then climb on its stump to give a speech about conservation. Wesley Clark says Bush's policies are mortgaging our children's future. Whoever the Democratic nominee is, these barbs are sure to continue. But Bush's Interior Secretary Gale Norton has no problem defending the Administration's environmental record.
Norton says they've restored thousands of acres of wetlands and expanded endangered species habitat across the country.