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Friday, July 30, 2004

Associated Press, which side are you on?


Note: This AP article at ABC is titled "Bush attacks Kerry's Senate achievements." If you don't mind my saying so, it might more neutrally have said "Bush attacks Kerry's Senate record." Whether there are "achievements" in his record -or not- should be up to the voters to decide.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. July 30, 2004 — President Bush attacked John Kerry's 19-year record in the Senate on Friday, answering the Democratic convention mantra "America can do better" with a new GOP refrain of his own: "Results matter."

Bush repeated the slogan to crowds here and in Springfield, Mo., the first two stops on a swing through four key election states. He also is campaigning in Ohio and Pennsylvania, wrapping up his latest tour with a rally Saturday in Pittsburgh, just hours after Kerry speaks in a nearby suburb.

"After 19 years in the U.S. Senate, my opponent has had thousands of votes, but few signature achievements," Bush told supporters who waved large blue and red "Ws"for the president's middle initial.

"During eight years on the Senate intelligence committee, he voted to cut the intelligence budget, yet he had no record of reforming America's intelligence capability," said Bush, whose advisers are combing the Sept. 11 commission's recommendations to revamp the nation's intelligence-gathering ability.

"He's had no significant record for reforming education or health care," Bush continued. "In fact, he and his running mate consistently opposed reforms that limit the power of Washington reforms that would leave more power in the hands of the people."

Bush, who continued to portray the Massachusetts Democrat as a tax-and-spend liberal, is seeking to limit Kerry's post-convention bounce to a dribble. Bush summed up the Democratic convention in Boston as four days of "clever speeches" and "some big promises."

Kerry, who left the convention on a two-week cross-country trip by bus, train, boat and plane, defended his record during an interview with The Associated Press in New York state.
"Look, I'm running a positive campaign for the country and I'll stand on my 19-year record pages of legislation and long lists ranging from 100,000 cops on the street to health care for children to agent orange legislation to fisheries. I mean, it's a long list. I'm not going to quibble about that. They don't have a record to run on, so all they can do is attack. They're running away from their own record."
Bush is calling his latest campaign drive the "Heart and Soul of America" tour, a subtle jab at Kerry, who at a Democratic fund-raiser called some of his Hollywood friends the "heart and soul" of America. He sprinkled throughout his speeches another new campaign slogan: "We're turning the corner and we're not turning back."
If you'd like to read a transcript of the President's remarks without AP editing or interspersed Kerry remarks, click here.