Rear Window Ethics Rear Window Ethics: "Major Address on Terror!"

Monday, October 18, 2004

"Major Address on Terror!"

That's the way today's Bush stump speech was billed as, and it's the way the last few have been as well. The funny thing is, there have been no new initiatives brought up in the speeches, but by labeling them "Major Addresses on Terror" all the cable news networks are obliged to show them live.

Bush did make a major address today, however. It seems like it was just a bit over a month ago that the Bush campaign was backpedaling from a statement Dick Cheney had made to the effect that if John Kerry were to be elected the U.S. would be more likely to suffer another terrorist attack.

Today Bush stopped just short that mark, but made sure no one mistook what he was saying.

REUTERS:

"Sen. Kerry's approach would permit a response only after America is hit," Bush said, seizing on what he called the Massachusetts senator's "long record" of showing "poor judgment on the great issues of war and peace.

"Sen. Kerry's approach would permit a response only after America is hit," Bush said, seizing on what he called the Massachusetts senator's "long record" of showing "poor judgment on the great issues of war and peace.

"He said Kerry "has chosen the easy path of protest and defeatism" by refusing to acknowledge "progress" in Iraq, and he questioned Kerry's commitment to democracy-building in the Middle East.

"He has not made democracy a priority of his foreign policy," Bush said, citing his positions on Iraq and Afghanistan. "Is he content to watch and wait, as anger and resentment grow for more decades in the Middle East? Let me repeat that. He says that preemptive action is unwise, not only against regimes, but even against terrorists organizations."


It looks like both campaigns are going to be treading a thin line when it comes to the rhetoric they'll be whipping out in the next few weeks. If you thought it was ugly before, just wait.

But on the brighter side of things, early voting began today in certain states, and Florida has already had significant problems!

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