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Friday, January 19, 2007
Carter, Mondale criticize Bush administration
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Former President Jimmy Carter and ex-Vice President Walter Mondale sharply criticized the two men that currently hold the jobs they once did, in an exclusive interview with CNN Friday.

Carter said President Bush must address the "mistakes" he has made and specifically referenced the Bush administration’s policy regarding domestic eavesdropping.

"Obviously what needs to be done is to reassess some of the mistakes that have been made that are patently obvious to everyone," Carter told Wolf Blitzer. "The violation of basic law, some of which Fitz Mondale and I passed -- that is the getting judicial approval before you start spying on American people."

Mondale criticized the amount of influence Vice President Cheney wields in the current administration.

"The current vice president seems to have stepped across the line that we thought was important in our time," Mondale said. "I tried to work as a representative of the president, I didn't go around volunteering my own policies."

-- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
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