Many politicians, citizens thrilled about the U.S. capture of Saddam Hussein

(12/14/03) WHITE PLAINS - Many folks in Westchester were surprised when they woke up to the news that the deposed Iraqi leader was captured alive, adjusting to the fact that Saddam Hussein is no longer a wanted man. Many people showed their relief when they found out that Saddam Hussein was taken into U.S. custody, but at first some had a hard time believing that the report was true.

State and federal lawmakers also weighed in on the breaking development. Sunday afternoon at White Plains Hospital, Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) expressed her admiration for U.S. troops, indicating hope for the Iraqi people. New York Governor George Pataki said, "I want to commend the U.S. troops and coalition forces for succeeding in capturing Saddam Hussein. This is a significant event in the War on Terror and a positive step forward, particularly for the people of New York."

One thing that Senator Clinton was reluctant to touch upon is if this would be a significant boost for the George W. Bush political campaign or if Democrats' strategies criticizing bush would change.

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