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Ohioans Respond To President's Speech

CINCINNATI (AP) - Voices from politicians and others who attended President Bush's speech in the city, and some who protested outside:

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"He made the case very clearly that inaction is not an option when you have a man bent on destruction who is connected with terrorists." - Gov. Bob Taft, a Republican.

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"The alternative to not acting now is something worse in the future." - Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken, a Democrat.

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"I had very mixed feelings coming in here, but the emotion coming out of the president's eyes and his commitment to do what was right for the country was so obvious. It has made me feel like I want our country to get behind him." - Ronn Rucker, district health officer, Cincinnati Health Department.

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"He really outlined the issues and put it all together and that was great. We kind of get a sense of where we're going to be going." - Jenny Leamer, an accountant from suburban Cincinnati.

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"I don't think the president wants to hear our message. And it's loud: No war." - Sayrah Namaste, protest organizer and member of Cincinnati's New Jerusalem Community.

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"We've become cowards. We're so afraid of what might happen we're resorting to war. We're making war. I'm not going to protect my family with bombs." - David Miller, of Loveland, speaking to fellow protesters.

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