Beth Knake, a past president of the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence, questioned the timing of the proposals when Bush could have pushed them during his first term. She
also questioned the morality of linking of the victims' quest for justice to Bush and the Republican Party.
"Political affiliation should be irrelevant to victim issues, especially those involving rape victims," said Knake
, who runs the non-partisan Project HELP Crisis Center in Naples.
Critics cite two other examples of recycled proposals being sold as new:
Republican campaign staffers billed an Oct. 1 hospital appearance by Bush as "launching the latest component" of his
"I'm a Reader" program to urge mothers to read to their babies.He
last "launched" the program in April, nearly seven months ago.
Bush also announced a teacher housing loan program at an Oct. 7 event in Jacksonville, though it had existed for more than a year.