Specter Dresses Down Gonzales: ‘I Don’t Think You’re Going To Win A Debate About Your Preparation’

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) said today that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ opening testimony continued “a pattern of not being candid.” Specter proceeded to ask the Attorney General to resolve his contradictory statements, noting that he should be able to answer them since he has spent weeks preparing.

Gonzales interjected, “I prepare for every hearing, Senator.” A livid Specter responded, “Do you prepare for all your press conferences? Were you prepared for the press conference where you said there weren’t any discussions involving you?”

Gonzales, put on the defensive, conceded, “Senator, I already said I misspoke. It was my mistake.” When Specter pressed about the specific question of whether he prepares for press conferences, Gonzales said “we do take time to try to prepare for the press conference.”

“Let’s move on,” Specter said. “I don’t think you’re not going to win a debate about your preparation, frankly.” Gonzales chuckled. Watch it:



Specter concluded, “I’d like you to win this debate, but you’re going to have to win it.”