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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

George W Bush Is Running Scared In Nevada

Last night the President was in Reno. And what did he do? He scaremongered, as usual. But in recent days it has gotten worse. Now, he's attacking Democrats, practically accusing them of wanting terrorists to strike the United States. Can you believe that? The President of the United States accuses elected officials, Representatives and Senators elected by the people of the United States, of wanting terrorists to attack the country? Good Lord! How scared do you have to be of losing power that you say something like this about your opponent? Have you no sense of decency, Sir?

Read for yourselves. From the official White House transcript:

And that's why I called upon Congress to eliminate the walls and barriers that had arisen over time between the intelligence services and the criminal justice people so they can share intelligence that is necessary to protect you. And that's why I thought it was important to set up a program that said, if al Qaeda or an al Qaeda affiliate is making a phone call into the United States of America, we need to know why in order to protect the American people. (Applause.)

And I want our fellow citizens to look at who voted for those proposals and what political party voted against them. There's a clear difference of opinion about how to protect this homeland.

You know, recently, we just had an important debate in Washington, D.C. It's a debate over whether or not the Central Intelligence Agency should have a program that enabled our professionals to question high-value detainees to determine if they had information that could help protect the homeland. Obviously, I thought that was an important program. I submitted the bill after a speech in the East Room of the White House. I submitted that bill to the Congress. See, I understand the nature of the information we received from people such as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. He is the mastermind of the September the 11th attacks.

I'll be signing that bill pretty soon. The Congress passed the bill, but I want you all to remember when you go to the polls here in Nevada, what political party supported the President to make sure we had the tools necessary to protect the American people, and which political party didn't? (Applause.)

I have made the decision that the best way to protect the American people is to get on the offense against this enemy, and stay on the offense. There is a difference of opinion in Washington. If you listen closely to some of the leaders of the Democrat Party, it sounds like -- it sounds like they think the best way to protect the American people is, wait until we're attacked again. That's not the way it's going to be under my administration. (Applause.) We will stay on the offense, we will defeat the enemy overseas, so we do not have to face them here at home.

And the whimpiness of it all. I mean what a coward do you have to be to always use "some". Name names or just shut the hell up!

Of course, the President was in Reno in support of the Republican candidate in NV-02, Dean Heller. That he had to come here at all says a lot about how scared Republicans are. This used to be a safe Republican district but Democrat Jill Derby is giving Dean Heller a run for his money. Bush managed to sum up Dean Heller's qualifications:

I appreciate the fantastic fundraiser. It's a good sign, Dean, when your friends and neighbors are willing to put a little hard-earned cash into the hat in order to help you. (Laughter.) But he's going to need more than your money. He's going to need your time. And so coming down the stretch, I call on the grassroots activists and those who have been participating in campaigns to put up the signs and go to your houses of worship or your community centers and say, we've got a good man in Dean Heller; he loves his family; he loves his country; he loves the people of the 2nd congressional district -- let's send him to Washington, D.C. (Applause.)

Dean Heller loves some people. According to George W. Bush that qualifies him for office. Oh, what to say, really.

Bush raised an estimated $360,000 for Heller. I don't know if that is gonna give Heller an edge for right now. What I do know is that you can help Jill Derby beat Dean Heller and elect a Democratic Congress by contributing to her now!


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