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    kAb's Avatar Poster
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    I don't like it when either party does it. But this in particular I think is wrong:

    CNN Link

    Bush campaign to base ad on Kerry terror quote
    Democrats: GOP again taking senator's words out of context

    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush's campaign announced Sunday its plans to use as the basis of a new commercial a quote from an 8,000-word New York Times Magazine article about Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.

    The parsing prompted the Kerry camp to retort that the soon-to-be-released Bush ad was another example of the president's campaign taking words out of context to create a misleading impression.

    The article, a largely analytical cover story in the magazine, says the interviewer asked Kerry "what it would take for Americans to feel safe again."

    ''We have to get back to the place we were, where terrorists are not the focus of our lives, but they're a nuisance,'' the article states as the Massachusetts senator's reply.

    ''As a former law enforcement person, I know we're never going to end prostitution. We're never going to end illegal gambling. But we're going to reduce it, organized crime, to a level where it isn't on the rise. It isn't threatening people's lives every day, and fundamentally, it's something that you continue to fight, but it's not threatening the fabric of your life.''

    Kerry was a prosecutor before he got into politics, and made fighting organized crime a priority.

    Bush campaign adviser Marc Racicot, in an appearance on CNN's "Late Edition," interpreted Kerry's remarks as saying "that the war on terrorism is like a nuisance. He equated it to prostitution and gambling, a nuisance activity. You know, quite frankly, I just don't think he has the right view of the world. It's a pre-9/11 view of the world."

    Republican Party Chairman Ed Gillespie, on CBS' "Face the Nation," used similar language.

    "Terrorism is not a law enforcement matter, as John Kerry repeatedly says. Terrorist activities are not like gambling. Terrorist activities are not like prostitution. And this demonstrates a disconcerting pre-September 11 mindset that will not make our country safer. And that is what we see relative to winning the war on terror and relative to Iraq."

    The Bush-Cheney campaign also announced it was releasing an ad highlighting Kerry's comment.

    Reuters reported that the new Bush commercial's script asks "How can Kerry protect us when he doesn't understand the threat?"

    Kerry campaign spokesman Phil Singer called the Republican charges "absolutely ridiculous."

    "This is yet another example of the Bush campaign taking John Kerry's words out of context, and then blowing up it up into something that is nothing," he said.

    "The whole article is about how John Kerry recognizes that the war on terror requires a multipronged approach. It's not just the military aspect, but you need diplomacy to be able to enlist your allies. The Bush people have never understood that. John Kerry has always said that terrorism is the No. 1 threat to the U.S."

    Kerry consistently has rejected assertions that he underestimates the threat of terrorism or views the battle against it as solely a law enforcement matter. He argues that law enforcement and intelligence are critical elements of the battle against terrorism, and that Bush has said the same thing.

    New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who was chairman of the Democratic National Convention, where Kerry got his party's nomination in July, said on "Late Edition," "Senator Kerry has said that the No. 1 threat to America is international terrorism, al Qaeda."

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    Stop with the misquoting and tell us where YOU stand. I don't want to know why the other guy SHOULDN'T be elected, I want to know why you SHOULD be elected

    edit: Heres another link
    Is this the Bush campaign's best strategy? If it is, shame on them.
    Last edited by kAb; 10-10-2004 at 11:25 PM.

  2. The Drawing Room   -   #2
    vidcc's Avatar there is no god
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    He's having a go at the flowers now !!!!

    itís an election with no Democrats, in one of the whitest states in the union, where rich candidates pay $35 for your votes. Or, as Republicans call it, their vision for the future.


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