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Mom of soldier killed in Iraq stages protest near Bush's ranch

Updated: Aug 8, 2005 2:06pm
As public support for the war in Iraq continues to dwindle, protesters in Crawford express their opinions as the president spends this month at his ranch. One protester is a mother who vows to stay at the ranch until she can meet the president face to face.

Under a blistering Texas sun, Cindy Sheehan and a group several dozen protestors set out to make a point: "I wanna let him know that it hurts to have a child killed," she says.

Her son, Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed while fighting in Iraq last year. She and the other protestors have come to Crawford, following a week that saw at least 29 U.S. servicemen killed in Iraq. They've come, they say, to save other sons and daugters and demand answers from president, who insisted on Thursday that Americans are not dying in vain.

President Bush, "The family members of those who lost their life, I hope they can take comfort in the fact that millions of their fellow citizens pray for them. I hope they also take comfort in the understanding that the sacrifice was made in a noble cause."

Words of comfort from the president, but for Cindy Sheehan.

"We wanna talk to George Bush and we mean it," she says. She was supported by more than 50 shouting demonstrators.

She got neither the face-to-face meeting she hoped for, nor the arrests she was expecting. Instead, Sheehan was met by two of the president's top advisors, the Deputy Chief of Staff and the National Security Advisor -- a surprise, but she says, still not enough.

"Nobody in this administration has to worry about their children," she says. "And if I have to stay out here all month in this heat, it's nothing compared to what our soldiers are going through, or what the people of Iraq are going through."

Sheehan arrived in Crawford aboard a bus painted red, white and blue and emblazoned with the words, "Impeachment Tour." She had been attending a Veterans for Peace Convention in Dallas.

Local law enforcement officials were keeping Sheehan four to five miles away from the ranch's entrance. So she says she'll wait by the road for the president himself, for as long as it takes.

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