PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE JOHN COX CALLS ON IRANIAN, VENEZUELAN LEADERS TO LIVE UP TO THEIR RHETORIC

John Cox for President
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Contact: Steven Kush, national campaign director, 847-513-7903; Stephen Abbott, New Hampshire State Campaign Coordinator, 603-785-7796

The John Cox for president campaign has released the following statement by John Cox on the current meeting of the U.N. General Assembly in New York:

"In the last two days, the world has witnessed speeches at the U.N. General Assembly by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Both used harsh rhetoric to condemn the United Nations and the United States. Their tone and the content of their speeches belie their intentions, and they clearly do not wish to advance the cause of dialogue and peace among nations, as they claimed.

Ahmadinejad said Iran will "contribute to global tranquility and peace based on the two maxims of spirituality and justice as well as the equal rights of all peoples and nations."

I call on Mr. Ahmadinejad to live up to these lofty words and immediately recognize Israel’s right to exist, and to renounce his calls for Israel and the Jewish people to be wiped from the face of the Earth.

Chavez said he uses his "independent voice" to "denounce persecution and aggression."

I call on Mr. Chavez to live up to his rhetoric in his own nation and stop efforts to control the media, end the oppression of opposition parties, halt the theft and redistribution of wealth, and stop funding terrorist guerrillas in Columbia.

Calling America "the devil" and "oppressors" is the mark of two insecure leaders, and only causes anger and division in the world, not peace and security.

America has and always will stand for peace and opportunity for all the world. True peace and opportunity come without threats and with self-determination by free people informed by a free press. That doesn’t happen in those two countries with these two leaders who have come into our country to deliver such incendiary remarks."

John H. Cox, 51, is the first announced candidate of the 2008 presidential race. He lives in Chicago, IL with his wife and four daughters. His campaign is online at www.cox2008.com and www.nh4johncox2008.blogspot.com.