This is a partial transcript from "Hannity & COLMES:," July 6, 2006, that has been edited for clarity.
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CINDY SHEEHAN, ANTI-WAR ACTIVIST: We're standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters, America's coalition, and Iraqis who don't have enough clean water to drink, who don't have enough food to eat, who can get killed when they go to the marketplace to shop for their family, who can get raped by our soldiers just living, whose families can be killed. This war is a war crime, and our soldiers trying to survive are committing war crimes.
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REP. JACK MURTHA, D-PA.: There was no firefight. There was no IED that killed these innocent people. Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them. And they killed innocent civilians in cold blood.
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And tonight, some conservatives are seeing similarities in those words and wondering if Cindy Sheehan is speaking for herself, or if her language also represents — may speak (ph) for the Democratic Party.
And joining us now, former democratic presidential candidate Al Sharpton who is joining Cindy Sheehan in her hunger strike. And the author of the forthcoming "American Mourning" — that's with a U — the intimate story of two families joined by war, torn by beliefs, radio talk show host, Melanie Morgan.
Why are you joining Cindy in the strike?
REV. AL SHARPTON, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST: The attention that needs to be raised — Danny Glover, the actor, others, Susan Sarandon, are joining for different parts. We are some two days, some three days, some longer — to hide the attention about this war needs to be brought to an end.
I don't think Cindy is trying to speak for the mainstream of the Democratic...
COLMES: Conservatives would love to tie her to the Democratic Party.
SHARPTON: You can tie whatever you want. The fact is that overwhelmingly, Americans are saying they're opposed to this war, there needs to be some morale outrage. I think this fast is to raise the moral outrage and self-sacrifice of those of us that are saying, "Wait a minute. We need to deal with this war."
COLMES: Now, Melanie, the game that you play on the right is anytime someone like Cindy Sheehan or anybody on the left makes a statement, you want to tie it and identify mainstream Democrats and say, "That's what the party is. That's what they speak for."
The prime minister of Iraq, Maliki, said there should be an investigation into the allegations of murder and rape by American soldiers, the people were killed in cold blood is. Is he speaking for the Democratic Party as well?
MELANIE MORGAN, RADIO TALK SHOW HOST: Well first, before I answer that question, let me say one thing, Alan, to Reverend Sharpton. I know that he's been undertaking this hunger fast with Cindy Sheehan and Susan Sarandon and all of the other Hollywood liberal types.
So I just want him to know that I have brought him a gift tonight. Now, we conservatives do believe in peace through strength, so we are going to bomb Reverend Sharpton and the others with bread. We have the classic Wonderbread and we have San Francisco sourdough bread.
COLMES: I'm glad you're only using bread if you're bombing them.
SHARPTON: Does she speak for the mainstream Republican Party? You know, if some Christian right leader like Jerry Falwell wanted to fast, I would respect that. This is the way the right behaves. When people raise their commitment, their view, they're mocked by them. We're talking about people dying, and she's coming with props. Even Sean Hannity has more class than that.
COLMES: In terms of over-the-top rhetoric, you said that Bill Keller, if he were to be tried and convicted of treason, the "The New York Times" editor, he should be sent to the gas chamber. If that's not over-the-top rhetoric — do you speak for the Republican Party when you say that? Do you speak for all conservatives? Is that not over-the-top rhetoric?
MORGAN: Once again, "The New York Times" can't find an accurate quote to save its life. That's not what I said. When asked a question, I said, "If he were to be tried and convicted of treason, I would have no problem with him receiving the ultimate penalty," which happens to be death.
SEAN HANNITY, CO-HOST: All right. Let me get back on topic, here. First, how many days are you going to fast?
HANNITY: That's not a fast. That's like you went to prison, you said you were fasting. You were drinking soup every day.
SHARPTON: For 40 days, I did a liberal (ph) fast. I'll do a liberal fast. But again, we're not in an exercise game, here.
HANNITY: That's not a fast. Jack Murtha accused our troops of killing civilians in cold blood. John Kerry said our troops are terrorists, terrorizing women and children in the dark of night. The person you're fasting with said our soldiers are rapists and war criminals, that the president killed her son, that George Bush is a lying filthy bastard and a fuhrer. You're going to stand with a woman who says all of those things?
SHARPTON: I'm going to fast.
HANNITY: With a woman who says all those things?
SHARPTON: I fast on many religion holidays.
HANNITY: Stop ducking the question. Why are you supporting a woman who calls our president a lying, filthy bastard?
SHARPTON: Either you're going to let me answer the question, or you can just go on a tirade with your prognosis there.
HANNITY: I want you to answer it.
SHARPTON: I'm fasting because this war is wrong, this war was misleading from the beginning, and this is a morale sacrifice that many of us...
HANNITY: You are fasting way woman who called our troops rapists and war criminals.
SHARPTON: I celebrate Christian holidays with people that are members of the Ku Klux Klan. It doesn't mean I agree with them.
SHARPTON: You want to talk about your views of Cindy Sheehan rather than defend an immoral and wicked war.
HANNITY: I'm proud of this war. I'm proud of our president, and we're winning the war in spite of guys like you undermining the war.
SHARPTON: You're proud of the fact that there is clearly no weapons of mass destruction...
HANNITY: Five hundred of them.
SHARPTON: You should not be proud of the fact that we're now dealing with some soldiers that are being accused of inhuman behavior.
SHARPTON: ... doing a job that is decent that they were sent there for.
HANNITY: Here's the point. They've undermined this war from the beginning. They stand by the most despicable statements that have been made about our president and our troops at a time of war. This is disgraceful, the way the American...
HANNITY: Melanie? Melanie Morgan.
MORGAN: Hey, Reverend, I gave you some free bread, here, so let me talk for a moment, OK? I want to say something very important. The entire country has mixed emotions about Cindy Sheehan. Her popularity approval ratings are down in the 30s and low 20s.
Regardless of what you think of her, let me say very clearly what she said in that comment was slanderous about our American troops. She slandered...
COLMES: What you said about sending someone to a gas chamber was despicable, Melanie Morgan. Unfortunately, we are just out of time.
MORGAN: And she also slandered the memory of her son, Casey. Our troops are not murderers.
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