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Campaign 2004: Debates

NASA Photo Expert Says Bush Was Wired
29-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

Salon's Kevin Berger writes, "Dr. Robert M. Nelson, however, was not laughing. He knew the president was not telling the truth. And Nelson is neither conspiracy theorist nor midnight blogger. He's a senior research scientist for NASA and for Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and an international authority on image analysis... A professional physicist and photo analyst for more than 30 years, he speaks earnestly and thoughtfully about his subject. 'I am willing to stake my scientific reputation to the statement that Bush was wearing something under his jacket during the debate,' he says. 'This is not about a bad suit'... Nelson stresses that he's not certain what lies beneath the president's jacket. He offers, though, 'that it could be some type of electronic device -- it's consistent with the appearance of an electronic device worn in that manner.' The image of lines coursing up and down the president's back, Nelson adds, is 'consistent with a wire or a tube.'" Bush Cheated!

Spy Shop Owner Says Bush Was Wired
29-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

SF Chronicle David Lazarus writes, "Jason Woodside, owner of San Francisco's International Spy Shop, the Bay Area's sole purveyor of espionage and counterespionage gear, could only shake his head when told of Bush's explanation. 'A poorly tailored shirt,' he said. 'It's possible. But it looks like a wireless induction system. It looks like this.' Woodside held up a picture of a small, rectangular receiver, about the same size as the device Bush is alleged to have worn. It comes with an antenna that's looped around the neck and a wireless earpiece... He pointed at a picture from the debate, in which the material of the president's jacket appears taut and unpuckered. 'Here's the receiver,' Woodside said, tracing the outline of the rectangular bulge on Bush's back. 'Here's the antenna,' he said, moving his finger along what appears to be a line from the bulge to Bush's right shoulder. Woodside nodded to himself. 'My gut tells me he's got something on him.'" Bush Cheated!

Debates Expose the Three Faces of Bush
15-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

Debates Expose the Three Faces of Bush and All of Them are Lying and Facing Backward

Kerry 3, Bush 0: Polls Show Kerry Winner of Third Debate
15-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

Editor and Publisher: "More than one American watching the close of the third and final presidential debate must have sighed, 'Finally.' Many of them were likely reporters who had heard most of the tightly scripted lines on the stump too many times to count. Nevertheless, they weighed in with reports Thursday on the intemperate debate in Tempe, Arizona. As with the two previous forums, the scientific polls afterward favored Kerry. He carried the CBS sample by 39% to 25% and Gallup's by 52% to 39%. He outdistanced Bush by 10 votes to 7 with a CNN group of undecided voters. He also edged the president at ABC News by 42%-41%."

Let's Play 'Count the Bush Lies': Transcript of Oct. 13 Bush-Kerry Debate
14-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

We have so far found nearly 20 outright lies by Bush - and still counting! See how many you can spot!

Game. Set. Match.
14-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

William Rivers Pitt writes: "Kerry quoted Bush's bizarre statement from March of 2002 about Bush no longer being concerned about Osama bin Laden. Bush tried to claim Kerry was exaggerating, but the White House website says different. Bush: 'So I don't know where he is. Nor - you know, I just don't spend that much time on him really, to be honest with you. I...I truly am not that concerned about him.' Beyond the glaring silliness of this lie - millions of Americans saw the filmclip of Bush making this statement when they saw Moore's documentary 'Fahrenheit 9/11' - is the frightening truth behind it. If Bush truly does not care about or worry about Osama bin Laden, as his March statement indicates, he is truly an Army of One, divorced from one of the most fundamental concerns within the American mind... All the pundits agreed that Bush, having lost the first two debates, needed to dominate during this third and final meeting. He failed completely to do so."

Kerry Pulverizes Bush in PBS Online Newshour Debate Poll
14-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

Ouch! That's what everyone in the Bush camp will be saying when they see this PBS poll. Guess no amount of Archer Daniels Midland or ExxonMobil ad money could buy Bush good viewer opinion! This poll is extremely telling: Bush bombed on everything except delivery and rebuttal. I.e., all charm and backtalk, no substance.

Bush Appeared Defensive, Desperate to Keep Focus Off His Own Record
13-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

AP: "Bush's policies are under assault, his re-election threatened, so he sought Wednesday night to make the campaign a referendum on his rival. He cast Kerry as out of the mainstream, a liberal whose rhetoric doesn't match his record. Vote against Kerry, the vulnerable incumbent seemed to say, even if you're not too crazy about me. 'If you don't want to focus on your own record, you focus on the other guy's,' said Tony Fabrizio, a GOP consultant. 'He really doesn't have much of a choice, does he?' Bush's challenge was to stop Kerry's momentum, which began with a poor first debate that erased Bush's lead in the polls. There was no reason to believe that the final debate changed the campaign dynamics, said analysts and voters alike.' As one Kerry convert put it: '[Bush] gave me plenty of reasons to vote against Kerry. But why should I vote for him again?' In the CNN-USA Today-Gallup poll of 511, Kerry was seen as the winner by 52 percent to 39 percent."

Kerry Again the Favorite in Post-Debate Polls
13-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

As of 11:00 ET: MSNBC: Kerry 76%, Bush 24%; CBS: Kerry 83%, Bush 16%; AOL Kerry 61%, Bush 39%; Yahoo/AP: Kerry 69%, Bush 39%; FOX showed baseball instead of the debate - but online poll shows Kerry ahead, 63%-36%. Instead of a poll, CNN decided to save Bush the humiliation and cherry-picked "CNN users" statements from "thousands" of comments, which were "edited." (kinda fishy, eh - all that in 20 minutes? C'mon! What were they - pre-written?). [update: CNN later put up a poll - Kerry Leads 56%-44%] (http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2004/)

Technical Expert Says Bush Was Wired
13-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

"Now a technical expert who designs and makes such devices for the U.S. military and private industry tells Salon that he believes the bulge is indeed a transceiver designed to receive electronic signals and transmit them to a hidden earpiece lodged in Bush's ear canal. 'There's no question about it. It's a pretty obvious one -- larger than most because it probably has descrambling capability,' said Alex Darbut, technical and business development vice president for Resistance Technology in Arden Hills, Minn... On Tuesday, in response to repeated questions from Salon, the Bush camp finally issued a flat denial. Campaign spokesman Reed Dickens denied that Bush has ever used an electronic device to aid his public speaking, insisting the president was wearing 'nothing during the debates.'" LoL! Just like we thought - the Emperor was Buck Naked, but no one dared say he "had no clothes"!

Debate Moderator Bob Schieffer is a Golfing Buddy of W
12-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

"[Debate Moderator Bob] Schieffer has described in the past his 'golfing friendship' with George W. Bush 'during the 1990s' and has said, 'It's always difficult to cover someone you know personally.' These and other past statements by Schieffer raise the question that Schieffer himself suggested: Can he perform the role of objective moderator given his 'difficult[y] cover[ing] someone you know personally'?" In addition, Schieffer's brother Tom Schieffer was president of the Texas Rangers under Bush's ownership!

NYC Tailor Says 'There's Definitely Something There'
12-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

NY Daily News reports, "There isn't a thimble-full of doubt that Bush had 'something foreign' under his suit jacket during the first two debates, master tailor Frank Shattuck concluded yesterday after studying photos. 'There's definitely something there, in between the shoulder blades,' he said, checking pictures from both debates. 'I can't say what it is, but it's not hidden very well. They should have come to me. I can hide a pistol under the breast.' Photos of the mysterious bulges have clogged the Internet in recent days... Shattuck's best guess at what the foreign object was: maybe a back brace or some kind of body armor. He said a wire was possible, but he was mystified at the obvious placement between the shoulder blades. 'Then again, maybe all [Bush's] winking was at the guy feeding him information,' Shattuck, 43, joked. 'And he kept jumping off that stool like he just got an answer.'" For the latest details on Wiregate, visit bobfertik.com

Debate Strategy: How Kerry Can Push Bush Over the Edge
11-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

Joe Citizen writes, "Bush is losing it. These are some suggestions to help Bush achieve a public meltdown, compiled by volunteers traveling to get out the vote in PA. 1) Suggest that Bush has transferred his compulsion for drink to a compulsion for war. (Comment: Many psychologists believe that Bush exhibits the character defects of an alcoholic who stopped drinking but never got treatment.) 2) Call him a mama's boy (Comment: Bush always sought primary approval from Barbara.) 3) Say that no matter what he does, that Jeb will always be his daddy's favorite. (Comment: Daddy and mommy Bush never really expected George Jr. to amount to much.) 4) Tell him that even if he wins this election, that he still won't be able to kill his father and marry his mother. (Comment: Psychologists have suggested that Bush exhibits a classic Oedipal complex) " More here:

Timber! Bush Caught Lying About Lumber Business in the Second Debate
11-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

From a Buzzflash reader: "I was surfing on the Internet when I heard President Bush assert strongly that he owned no timber business and made the stupid joke about someone needing wood in response to the assertion of John Kerry that Bush did indeed own such a business. I went to factcheck.org... and found the following which says: 'President Bush himself would have qualified as a 'small business owner' under the Republican definition, based on his 2001 federal income tax returns. He reported $84 of business income from his part ownership of a timber-growing enterprise. However, 99.99% of Bush's total income came from other sources that year. (Bush also qualified as a 'small business owner' in 2000 based on $314 of 'business income,'but not in 2002 and 2003 when he reported his timber income as 'royalties' on a different tax schedule.)' "

Furious George Goes to the Debate
10-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

Check out the latest Flash from TakeBackTheMedia.com...

Kerry Leads Bush 11-0 in Post-Debate Polls
10-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

There've been eleven snap polls taken following the two presidential debates, and Kerry has won each one:

First Presidential Debate, Miami, FL
ABC News Instant: Kerry: 45%; Bush: 36; Tie: 17%
Newsweek: Kerry: 61%; Bush: 19%; Undecided: 16%
CNN/USA Today/Gallup: Kerry: 53%; Bush; 37%
CBS (Uncommitted Voters): Kerry: 44%; Bush: 26%; Tie: 30%
Democracy Corps: Kerry 45%; Bush: 32%
L.A. Times: Kerry: 54%; Bush: 14%
American Research Group: Kerry: 51%; Bush: 41%

Second Presidential Debate, Saint Louis, MO
ABC News Instant Poll: Kerry: 44%; Bush: 41%; Tie: 13%
CNN/USA Today/Gallup: Kerry: 47%; Bush 45%
CBS (Uncommitted Voters): Kerry: 43%; Bush: 28%; Tied: 29%
Democracy Corps: Kerry: 45; Bush: 37

EXCLUSIVE! Bush's Interpreter Says Bush Uses Earpiece
10-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

Fred Burks has done English-Indonesian translations for George W. Bush on three occasions, including a 9-19-01 meeting with President Megawati Soekarnoputri. "During those 90 minutes, President Bush not only covered all the points, he covered them quite well and without any notes! Not once during the entire meeting did he look at any notes or receive cues from anyone present in discussing the Indonesian political situation with depth and intelligence. I was astonished! 'How could this be?' I asked myself. It was a huge surprise. I concluded either that Bush was much more intelligent than we had been led to believe, or that somehow someone was feeding answers to him through a hidden earpiece... I am now certain that he could not have had that much knowledge of Indonesia. He doesn't even read the daily newspaper to keep up with what's being reported in the press. I am convinced that he must have been using some sort of earpiece through which someone was telling him what to say. "

Kerry Klobbers Bush Among Indies in Post-Debate Poll
09-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

Gallup reports, "Democrats rallied behind Kerry's performance by 87% to 8%, while Republicans rallied behind Bush's performance by a slightly smaller margin, 83% to 10%. But independents chose Kerry by a 16-point margin, 53% to 37%." (Note: once again, Gallup stacked their poll with extra Republicans, but Kerry's win among independents is the crucial fact here.)

Here's Another Bulge in Bush's Back!
09-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

In the first debate, there was a conspicuous T-shaped bulge in Bush's back. (White House ventriloquist Nicolle Devilish told the NY Times it was "a rumpling of that portion of his suit jacket, or a wrinkle in the fabric.") In the second debate, there was some kind of curved plate - check out the photo. Who's REALLY got Bush's back? Share your thoughts at bobfertik.com

Even Using Fraudulent 'Bush-Padding,' CNN Post-Debate Poll STILL Shows Kerry Ahead
09-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

In the last few elections, more registered Democrats than Republicans have actually voted - as in 34% Dems to 31% Repugs. Yet how does CNN weight their polls these days? 38% Repug and 31% Dems ("likely voters). But even with fraudulent "Bush padding," CNN's post-debate poll shows Kerry winning 47-45%! Take away CNN's 'loaded dice" and you have an actual result that is more like 50% Kerry to 38% Bush - which is about what other unfudged polls are showing. Oh yeah - CNN's online poll of several hundred thousand Americans shows Kerry winning 72%-25%! (http://www.cnn.com/POLLSERVER/results/13740.exclude.html) Ain't it sad that the only way Bush can keep "on top" these days is via poll fraud.

The Evidence is In: Bush was Illegally Wired During First Debate
09-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

Salon journalist David Lindorff thought the stories about Bush being "wired" during the first debate were probably just conspiracy theories. But he decided to investigate himself. He obtained video footage from FOX and studied both Bush's actions during the debate and images of Bush's back. There was indeed a bulge between Bush's shoulderblades which a spy-tech expert said clearly seemed to be an electronic device. Equally damning: Bush's request to ABSOLUTELY NOT be photographed from behind during the debate. But in the end, the "wire" backfired. For a man who can barely walk and chew gum simultaneously, trying to coordinate Nanny Karen and Keeper Karl's prompting and his own muddled thoughts was just too much.

Fact Checkers Show Bush Lied Repeatedly During Debate
09-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

Look at this deceitful headline: KERRY, BUSH BEAT AROUND THE TRUTH IN DEBATE. It's designed to fool readers into thinking BOTH candidates tampered with the truth. Yet it turns out that the only outright lies told during the debate were by BUSH. In tact, the only instance that these Bushie writers could find of truth stretching from Kerry had to be "trumped up." For example, Kerry said he had shown how he would pay for each campaign promise: having read each of his press releases (which obviously these Bushie writers never bothered to do) we can attest to the veracity of Kerry's statement. But these writers merely dismiss the statement with "That is not entirely accurate" without offering any real reason why!

Bush Acted Like a 13-Year-Old Arguing with Daddy
09-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

AP: "Bush smirked and winked and chuckled to himself. He jumped from his stool, chopped at the air and interrupted the debate moderator. As he fought to keep his emotions in check during a combative debate with John Kerry, the president jokingly said, "That answer almost made me want to scowl"... The question that hung over the second of their three debates was whether Bush's aggressive, hyper style was an effective tool or a damaging habit -- an extension of his disastrous first debate performance. Reviews were mixed. Bush 'seemed wound a bit too tight. He was a little like Nixon -- sort of jumping out of his suit,' said David Niven, political science professor at Florida Atlantic U. 'He looked bad on the TV close-ups.' " Meanwhile, conservative pundits are already spinning fantasies: Charles Franklin, political science professor at the U of WI fantasized: "Bush looked comfortable, and produced a plausible story line." NOT!

Overwhelming Majority of Polls Show Kerry the Winner by a Huge Margin
09-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

In a very smart move, Political Strategy Blog has extracted the results of at least a dozen polls before they could be deleted (as CNN did last time) or blasted by Freepers. The overwhelming majority show Bush being pummeled by Kerry. The margin of victory is HUGE in some cases - in fact CNN is probably gonna delete its first poll! - it shows Kerry leading by an 87% to 12% margin!

'The President has NEVER been assisted by any audio signal' (Yeah, right)
08-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

Rory O'Connor presented the Bush earpiece theory to Mark McKinnon, Media Director for the George W. Bush re-election campaign. He replied: "Unfortunately, the truth is not nearly as interesting. The answer is, 'The President has never been assisted by any audio signal.'" Unfortunately it seems O'Connor never learned the Captain's song from the H.M.S. Pinafore. If he had, O'Connor might have replied "What NEVER?" two more times, which might have changed McKinnon's reply to "Hardly ever..." Still, O'Connor did accomplish something useful: "So the official denial is now on the record. Any readers or viewers who think they can prove otherwise please do so. Any bloggers or chatters who can offer more than conspiracy theories -- see dailykos.com and rense.com as well as postings on Salon.com and the Washington Monthly online -- please do so immediately."

Growing Evidence Bush Had an Earpiece During the First Debate
08-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

Salon's Dave Lindorff is investigating the mysterious "T" that bulged out of Bush's back during the first debate. "So what was it? Jacob McKenna, a spyware expert and the owner of the Spy Store, a high-tech surveillance shop in Spokane, Wash., looked at the Bush image on his computer monitor. 'There's certainly something on his back, and it appears to be electronic,' he said. McKenna said that, given its shape, the bulge could be the inductor portion of a two-way push-to-talk system. McKenna noted that such a system makes use of a tiny microchip-based earplug radio that is pushed way down into the ear canal, where it is virtually invisible. He also said a weak signal could be scrambled and be undetected by another broadcaster."

Edwards Clobbers Cheney among Undecided Voters
06-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

"John Edwards continued the Democratic ticket's winning streak in Tuesday night's vice presidential debate. He was judged the winner - at least among uncommitted voters who watched the debate, just as John Kerry was last week. Immediately after the debate, CBS News interviewed a nationally representative sample of 178 debate watchers assembled by Knowledge Networks who were 'uncommitted voters' - voters who are either undecided about who to vote for or who have a preference but say they could still change their minds. 41% of these uncommitted debate watchers said Edwards won the debate tonight. 28% said Cheney won. 31% thought it was a tie."

MSNBC Poll Shows Edwards Won the Debate - 59%-41%!
06-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

As of 9 pm EDT, the MSNBC poll re: the Edwards-Cheney debate shows that in a poll of over 1.4 million voters thought Edwards won the debate, 59-41%.

The Vice-Presidential Debate: Dick Cheney's House of Lies
05-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

A Buzzflash Editorial: "You'd just as soon have Dick Cheney over for a cup of coffee as have the local mortician over for a cup of tea. But let's face it, tonight's debate pitted the Democratic vice-presidential candidate against the Republican Vice-President, who is really the acting President of the United States. Although as boring as drying wallpaper and as brazen a liar as a ballroom pickpocket, Cheney clearly, once again, proved that junior is just the pedigree puppet whose strings are pulled by Dick."

Rumor of Bush Earpiece Floats around Net
04-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

"Raw Story has received numerous e-mails suggesting that Bush wore an earpiece during the Florida debate Thursday with Senator Kerry. While at this point the suggestion is simply rumor, the volume of emails and the demands of our readers required we at least post the information for public review. The crux of the rumor centers around a part of the debate where Bush says, 'let me finish,' though neither Senator Kerry or moderator Jim Lehrer have moved to interrupt him. The video file can be seen here. Viewers also note the numerous pauses during Bush's answers, though some also note that Bush regularly uses dramatic pauses as part of his replies. The final element of the rumor surrounds an alleged wire in the back of the president's suit jacket, the photograph of which appears below."

Bush's Debate Cheat Sheet
03-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

Matt Drudge is burning up the Internet with his claim that Kerry stole the debate with a secret cheat sheet that he stealthily slipped out of his pocket (with every network broadcasting every second of their actions - see http://drudgereport.com/dnc57.htm). Well, the video experts at Democrats.com did our own close analysis of the debates, and look what we found! The latest from BobFertik.com

Bush Scowls, Democrats Smile
01-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

E.J. Dionne writes, "Bush fares very badly when he is forcefully challenged. It makes you worry about his strength in circumstances he does not completely control. Since 9/11, the president has received a remarkably free ride. He rarely faces the press. He speaks only to partisan crowds; critics risk arrest if they show up. There is little evidence that Bush is challenged by his staff or his Cabinet. He is most comfortable when he sticks to talking points. But suddenly, when Bush was confronted for 90 minutes by an opponent willing to go straight at him, he fumbled, he hesitated and he scowled. The Bush Scowl is destined take its place with the Gore Sigh and the Dean Scream. The Bush forces will no doubt try to find some way to spin this debate into a Bush victory. I could be wrong but, honestly, I think that may be beyond the talents of even Karl Rove. That's why Democrats, finally, are smiling."

Sore Loser Bush Rails at Kerry after the Debate to Safe, Screened Audience
01-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

ABCNEWS.com: "Bush ripped into John Kerry on Iraq Friday, taking a more aggressive approach than he had in the previous night's debate as both candidates [the Bushie media's classic '6 of one half dozen of another scam] rushed back to the campaign trail to put their own spin on the first big faceoff." Speaking as ever before a "friendly" carefully screened audience, Bush threw something of a tantrum: "The president cannot keep changing his mind," Bush said, thumping his finger on the lectern [and speaking, we hear in an almost whining tone]. "The president must speak clearly. And the president must mean what he says." Turns out Bush was esp. angry because the White House had tried to talk the media into not showing Bush on screen while Kerry was speaking, knowing that Bush, being the baby that he is, would scowl, pout, and otherwise make an oaf of himself.

Even the Most Bogusly Weighted Polls Show Kerry Trampling Bush in Debate
01-Oct-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

Man, we'd LOVE to see the results of this poll done by an honest polling outfit! It would be the most humiliating rout of Bush's "residency!" But even as shamelessly weighted toward Bush as USA Today's polling is (they have been showing Bush ahead by a completely unbelievable 52-44%!), they couldn't "out-weigh" (get it!) the impact Kerry had on the American public last night. According to their post-debate poll, Kerry won by 53-37%! We bet that if you scraped off the phony weighting, you'd find Kerry's margin was more like 65-25%!

Washington Post Tells Chicken Hawk Bush: 'Don't Duck the Debates'
08-Sep-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

Washington Post: "At the Republican convention last week, Vice President Cheney called [the election] 'one of the most important, not just in our lives, but in our history.' You'd think, then, that both campaigns would be eager to see that voters get as much of a chance as possible to see the two candidates debate. The bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates, which has sponsored such encounters since 1988, has proposed a schedule of three 90-minute presidential debates (one on foreign policy, one on domestic issues and one a town-hall-style session with undecided voters) along with a vice presidential debate. Democratic nominee John F. Kerry accepted the proposal in July. But even as the time for the first debate nears -- it's set for Sept. 30 in Miami -- the Bush campaign hasn't committed and may be trying to limit the number of presidential debates to two." Bush ducked out of Vietnam and out of the National Guard. Should we rename Chicken George from "Dubya" to "Ducky?"

Kerry AGAIN Asks Bush to Join Him in Weekly Debates on the Issues
26-Aug-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

Bush is running scared when it comes to actually having to present substance instead of smears. So far, Kerry has at least twice challenged Dubya to weekly debates on core issues of concern to America. He has been met with stony - and telling - silence. "America deserves a discussion like we're having here today, which I'm prepared to have with this president every single week from now until the election," said Kerry. The oh-so-predictable, worn out excuse from Bush? "There will be a time for debates after the convention, and during the next few weeks, John Kerry should take the time to finish the debates with himself." Hahahohum. Doncha just love the fourth-grade-level "humor" of the Repugs? They have a worn-out collection of about five lines like that.

Kerry Renews Debate Challenge but Bush is Still a Chicken
02-Apr-04
Campaign 2004: Debates

"In a letter Thursday to Bush campaign chairman Marc Racicot, Kerry campaign chairwoman Jeanne Shaheen said holding debates now would allow voters 'the honest dialogue they deserve.' In response, Bush campaign spokesman Scott Stanzel said Kerry first has to end the 'debate with himself,' criticizing Kerry for waffling on the issues. Stanzel said Mr. Bush will debate Kerry at the 'appropriate time,' but wouldn't say if that will be anytime soon. Kerry's campaign is pinpointing six battleground states to debate issues where it says the Bush administration has been unsuccessful: homeland security and veterans in Pennsylvania, education in Arizona, the environment in Washington state, jobs and the economy in Ohio, health care in Missouri, and equal opportunity in Florida. Kerry challenged Mr. Bush to monthly debates in mid-March, saying then that 'America shouldn't have to put up with eight months of sniping.'" Let's get the famous Debate Chicken to follow Bush everywhere!

 


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