teisipäev, juuli 06, 2004


One more bit from Tad Devine's Post chat:

Rockville, Md.: During the last discussion with a spokesperson for the Bush campaign, someone asked, "Was this just another flip-flop on Kerry's part? Didn't Edwards and Kerry attack each other all through the primaries? How can he get away with this?"

My question for you is, with the Bush team using John McCain in web ads, is that just another flip-flop on Bush's part? Didn't Bush and McCain attack each other all through the 2000 primaries? How can Bush get away with this?

Tad Devine: That is a great question. What President Bush did to Senator McCain in the South Carolina primary was the worst kind of politics. We are not surprised that a republican senator would endorse a republican president for re-election. Having said that, I think that most Americans would agree that John McCain is a patriot and someone who is honest about the political process and who, unlike the president and vice president, is willing to reach across party lines on behalf of the American people. That's why John McCain worked so closely with John Kerry to find the truth about POWs and MIAs in Vietnam and to restore relations with Vietnam during the Clinton administration. And that is why Senator McCain to this day is standing with John Edwards to support a Patients' Bill of Rights in the United States Senate. Instead of invoking Senator McCain's political support, perhaps the president should support some of John McCain's legislation. That would be good for all Americans.

The "Kerry criticized Edwards and now he's his VP" idiocy is already creeping around. Turning it around and making the connection to Bush's criticism of McCain in 2000 is, frankly, brilliant. I hope that idea becomes part of the Kerry campaign's talking points on this. Also, the McCain-Edwards bill needs to be brought up often, not only because it underscores bipartisanship but because it points back to one of Bush's more flagrant lies in 2000, that he supported a patients' bill of rights in Texas.

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