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Kennedy to receive Bush award

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- The 2003 George H.W. Bush Award for Excellence in Public Service will be presented to Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., the Bush library foundation says.

"During his remarkable career spanning over four decades, Sen. Kennedy has consistently and courageously fought for his principles," the Bush Foundation's Roman Popadiuk said. "His commitment to excellence in public policy and his devotion to public service serve as an inspiration to all Americans and make him a superb recipient of the Bush Award."

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Kennedy recently attacked the administration of the former president's son, George W. Bush, over the war in Iraq, accusing administration officials of misleading the country in the run up to war. "There was no imminent threat. This was made up in Texas, announced in January to the Republican leadership that war was going to take place and was going to be good politically. This whole thing was a fraud," Kennedy said.

Previous winners of the award, given in recognition of a commitment to public service, include former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl.

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