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    Bush was flat-out embarassing yesterday. It's obvious that without a script he's lost. The guy can't even think for himself. Notice how he grabbed onto the word madman and held it like a lifepreserver?

    George W. Bush ia a total imbecile!

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    He seemed tired and repeated himself a few times. But still, he is at his core honest, decent and believes in what he has done and is doing.IF the choice for president is a silver-tongued debating club champion like botoxified John "Candidate from Ketchup" Kerry and a leader like Bush, I know what most people will choose. We had a great speaker in Clinton. While he let the adults run the economy against his wife's dearest socialist wishes, he was a national security disaster.

    And you guys still have to make up your mind-is he an imbecile(with a Harvard MBA) or an evil genius? Can't have it both ways. And if he is a blithering idiot, what does that say about Al Gore?

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    [url=http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4179618/]http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4179618/[/url]

    It was so horrible. I was laughing my ass off watching him try to duck the questions. I have a new respect for Tim Russert, he really let him have it.

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by Section109Row15[/i]@Feb 9 2004, 02:36 PM
    [b] [url=http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4179618/]http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4179618/[/url]

    It was so horrible. I was laughing my ass off watching him try to duck the questions. I have a new respect for Tim Russert, he really let him have it. [/b][/quote]
    How high were you when you watched it? Yeah, Bush requested the interview so he could go on and duck questions. That makes sense.

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by Section109Row15[/i]@Feb 9 2004, 02:36 PM
    [b] [url=http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4179618/]http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4179618/[/url]

    It was so horrible. I was laughing my ass off watching him try to duck the questions. I have a new respect for Tim Russert, he really let him have it. [/b][/quote]
    You respect Russert for what? Being monotonous and Angry after not eliciting the answers he wanted?

    The only problem with the interview is the President doesn't have any of that "al gore ignorance" or attack the interviewer as many of the hateful democrats like dean, kerry or clark would have!

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    [quote][b]Russert: The night you took the country to war, March 17th, you said this: "Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised."

    President Bush: Right.

    Russert: That apparently is not the case.

    President Bush: Correct.

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    [quote][b]Yeah, Bush requested the interview so he could go on and duck questions. That makes sense. [/b][/quote]

    Thats what makes it even more pathetic.

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    Americans are looking for competence in their presdent something Bush clearly lacks. Bush is clearly uninformed and as a result he's lost unless he has a prepared text.

    As far as his honesty goes he agreed to release his pay stubs and tax returns from his Alabama Air National Guard days. If he produces these documents it'll put his service issue to rest. If he fails to live up to his promise of making these documents public we'll know he's an AWOL liar.

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by tailgators[/i]@Feb 9 2004, 02:46 PM
    [b] As far as his honesty goes he agreed to release his pay stubs and tax returns from his Alabama Air National Guard days. If he produces these documents it'll put his service issue to rest. If he fails to live up to his promise of making these documents public we'll know he's an AWOL liar. [/b][/quote]
    As opposed to kerry who sided with the communists.....

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by Section109Row15[/i]@Feb 9 2004, 02:44 PM
    [b] [quote][b]Russert: The night you took the country to war, March 17th, you said this: "Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised."

    President Bush: Right.

    Russert: That apparently is not the case.

    President Bush: Correct.

    [/b][/quote] [/b][/quote]
    [b]"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al Qaeda members, though there is apparently no evidence of his involvement in the terrible events of September 11, 2001. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons. Should he succeed in that endeavor, he could alter the political and security landscape of the Middle East, which as we know all too well affects American security." -- Hillary Clinton, October 10, 2002

    "One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line." --President Bill Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998

    "If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program." --President Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998

    "Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face." --Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998

    "He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983." --Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

    "[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs." Letter to President Clinton, signed by: -- Democratic Senators Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others, Oct. 9, 1998

    "Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process." -Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998

    "Hussein has ... chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies." -- Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999

    "There is no doubt that ... Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies." Letter to President Bush, Signed by: -- Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), and others, Dec 5, 2001

    "We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and th! e means of delivering them." -- Sen. Carl Levin (D, MI), Sept. 19, 2002

    "We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country." -- Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

    "Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power." -- Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

    "We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction." -- Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002

    "The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons..." -- Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002

    "I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force -- if necessary -- to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security." -- Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002

    "There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years ... We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction." -- Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002

    "He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do" -- Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002

    "In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members ... It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons." -- Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002

    "We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction." -- Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), Dec. 8, 2002

    "Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime ... He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation ... And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction ... So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real..." -- Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003
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    [quote][i]Originally posted by Come Back to NY[/i]@Feb 9 2004, 02:47 PM
    [b] As opposed to kerry who sided with the communists..... [/b][/quote]
    John Kerry is a certified war hero.

    Bush is the one who sided with the communists since he refused to volunteer to fight them!

    I hope Kerry watched the Bush interview yesterday so he could get ideas on how he wants to redecorate the Oval Office next January.

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by tailgators+Feb 9 2004, 02:50 PM--></span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>[b]QUOTE[/b] (tailgators @ Feb 9 2004, 02:50 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin--Come Back to NY[/i]@Feb 9 2004, 02:47 PM
    [b] As opposed to kerry who sided with the communists..... [/b][/quote]
    John Kerry is a certified war hero.

    Bush is the one who sided with the communists since he refused to volunteer to fight them&#33;

    I hope Kerry watched the Bush interview yesterday so he could get ideas on how he wants to redecorate the Oval Office next January. [/b][/quote]
    probably with the flag of the Viet cong & NVA&#33;

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by Come Back to NY[/i]@Feb 9 2004, 02:55 PM
    [b] probably with the flag of the Viet cong & NVA&#33; [/b][/quote]
    From johnkerry.com:

    "A graduate of Yale University, John Kerry entered the Navy after graduation, becoming a Swift Boat officer, serving on a gunboat in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. He received a Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat V, and three awards of the Purple Heart for his service in combat."

    CBNY, would you care to post Bush&#39;s service record during the Vietnam War along with a list of the medals he won?

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    Russert: The Boston Globe and the Associated Press have gone through some of their records and said there’s no evidence that you reported to duty in Alabama during the summer and fall of 1972.

    President Bush: Yeah, they re they&#39;re just wrong. [b]There may be no evidence[/b], but I did report; otherwise, I wouldn&#39;t have been honorably discharged. In other words, you don&#39;t just say "I did something" without there being verification. Military doesn&#39;t work that way. I got an honorable discharge, and I did show up in Alabama.

    Russert: You did were allowed to leave eight months before your term expired. Was there a reason?

    President Bush: Right. [b]Well, I was going to Harvard Business School and worked it out with the military.[/b]

    Russert: When allegations were made about John McCain or Wesley Clark on their military records, they opened up their entire files. Would you agree to do that?

    President Bush: Yeah. Listen, these files I mean, people have been looking for these files for a long period of time, trust me, and starting in the 1994 campaign for governor. And I can assure you in the year 2000 people were looking for those files as well. Probably you were. And absolutely. I mean, I

    Russert: But would you allow pay stubs, tax records, anything to show that you were serving during that period?

    President Bush: Yeah. [b]If we still have them[/b], but I you know, the records are kept in Colorado, as I understand, and they scoured the records.

    And I&#39;m just telling you, I did my duty, and it&#39;s politics, you know, to kind of ascribe all kinds of motives to me. But I have been through it before. I&#39;m used to it. What I don&#39;t like is when people say serving in the Guard is is may not be a true service.

    Russert: Would you authorize the release of everything to settle this?

    President Bush: Yes, absolutely.

    We did so in 2000, by the way.

    Russert: Were you favor of the war in Vietnam?

    President Bush: I supported my government. I did. And would have gone had my unit been called up, by the way.

    Russert: But you didn&#39;t volunteer or enlist to go.

    President Bush: [b]No, I didn&#39;t. You&#39;re right.[/b] I served. I flew fighters and enjoyed it, and we provided a service to our country. In those days we had what was called "Air Defense Command," and it was part of the air defense command system.

    [b]The thing about the Vietnam War that troubles me as I look back was it was a political war. We had politicians making military decisions, and it is lessons that any president must learn,[/b] and that is to the set the goal and the objective and allow the military to come up with the plans to achieve that objective. And those are essential lessons to be learned from the Vietnam War.

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    Russert: That&#39;s a very important point. Every president since the Civil War who has gone to war has raised taxes, not cut them.

    President Bush: Yeah.

    Russert: Raised to pay for it. Why not say, I will not cut taxes any more until we have balanced the budget? If our situation is so precious and delicate because of the war, why do you keep cutting taxes and draining money from the treasury?

    President Bush: Well, because I believe that the best way to stimulate economic growth is to let people keep more of their own money. And I believe that if you raise taxes as the economy is beginning to recover from really tough times, you will slow down economic growth. You will make it harder.

    See, I&#39;m more worried about the fellow looking for the job. That&#39;s what I&#39;m worried about. I want people working. I want people to find work. And so, when we stimulate the economy, it&#39;s more likely that person is going to find work. And the best way to stimulate the economy is not to raise taxes but to hold the low taxes down.

    Russert: How about no more tax cuts until the budget is balanced?

    President Bush: Well, that&#39;s a hypothetical question which I can&#39;t answer to you because I don&#39;t know how strong the economy is going to be.

    I mean, the President must keep all options on the table, but I do know that raising the child lowering the child credit thereby raising taxes on working families does not make sense when the economy is recovering, and that&#39;s exactly what some of them are calling for up on Capitol Hill. They want to raise taxes of the families with children, they want to increase the marriage penalty. They want to get rid of those taxes on small businesses that are encouraging the stimulation of new job creation, and I&#39;m not going to have any of it.

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    On [i]Meet the Press[/i] yesterday President Bush looked like a deer caught in the headlights. Sort of like a student who didn&#39;t study for an oral exam. Whoever was responsible for preparing him ought to be fired. Or better yet he can just admit that he&#39;s in way over his head.

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by tailgators+Feb 9 2004, 03:12 PM--></span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>[b]QUOTE[/b] (tailgators @ Feb 9 2004, 03:12 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin--Come Back to NY[/i]@Feb 9 2004, 02:55 PM
    [b] probably with the flag of the Viet cong & NVA&#33; [/b][/quote]
    From johnkerry.com:

    "A graduate of Yale University, John Kerry entered the Navy after graduation, becoming a Swift Boat officer, serving on a gunboat in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. He received a Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat V, and three awards of the Purple Heart for his service in combat."

    CBNY, would you care to post Bush&#39;s service record during the Vietnam War along with a list of the medals he won? [/b][/quote]
    of course they&#39;d have to find room for the big portrait of Uncle Ho kerry has...

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by Section109Row15[/i]@Feb 9 2004, 03:28 PM
    [b] Russert: The Boston Globe and the Associated Press have gone through some of their records and said there’s no evidence that you reported to duty in Alabama during the summer and fall of 1972.

    President Bush: Yeah, they re they&#39;re just wrong. [b]There may be no evidence[/b], but I did report; otherwise, I wouldn&#39;t have been honorably discharged. In other words, you don&#39;t just say "I did something" without there being verification. Military doesn&#39;t work that way. I got an honorable discharge, and I did show up in Alabama.

    Russert: You did were allowed to leave eight months before your term expired. Was there a reason?

    President Bush: Right. [b]Well, I was going to Harvard Business School and worked it out with the military.[/b]

    Russert: When allegations were made about John McCain or Wesley Clark on their military records, they opened up their entire files. Would you agree to do that?

    President Bush: Yeah. Listen, these files I mean, people have been looking for these files for a long period of time, trust me, and starting in the 1994 campaign for governor. And I can assure you in the year 2000 people were looking for those files as well. Probably you were. And absolutely. I mean, I

    Russert: But would you allow pay stubs, tax records, anything to show that you were serving during that period?

    President Bush: Yeah. [b]If we still have them[/b], but I you know, the records are kept in Colorado, as I understand, and they scoured the records.

    And I&#39;m just telling you, I did my duty, and it&#39;s politics, you know, to kind of ascribe all kinds of motives to me. But I have been through it before. I&#39;m used to it. What I don&#39;t like is when people say serving in the Guard is is may not be a true service.

    Russert: Would you authorize the release of everything to settle this?

    President Bush: Yes, absolutely.

    We did so in 2000, by the way.

    Russert: Were you favor of the war in Vietnam?

    President Bush: I supported my government. I did. And would have gone had my unit been called up, by the way.

    Russert: But you didn&#39;t volunteer or enlist to go.

    President Bush: [b]No, I didn&#39;t. You&#39;re right.[/b] I served. I flew fighters and enjoyed it, and we provided a service to our country. In those days we had what was called "Air Defense Command," and it was part of the air defense command system.

    [b]The thing about the Vietnam War that troubles me as I look back was it was a political war. We had politicians making military decisions, and it is lessons that any president must learn,[/b] and that is to the set the goal and the objective and allow the military to come up with the plans to achieve that objective. And those are essential lessons to be learned from the Vietnam War. [/b][/quote]
    [b]"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al Qaeda members, though there is apparently no evidence of his involvement in the terrible events of September 11, 2001. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons. Should he succeed in that endeavor, he could alter the political and security landscape of the Middle East, which as we know all too well affects American security." -- Hillary Clinton, October 10, 2002

    "One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line." --President Bill Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998

    "If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq&#39;s weapons of mass destruction program." --President Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998

    "Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face." --Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998

    "He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983." --Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

    "[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq&#39;s refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs." Letter to President Clinton, signed by: -- Democratic Senators Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others, Oct. 9, 1998

    "Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process." -Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998

    "Hussein has ... chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies." -- Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999

    "There is no doubt that ... Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies." Letter to President Bush, Signed by: -- Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), and others, Dec 5, 2001

    "We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and th&#33; e means of delivering them." -- Sen. Carl Levin (D, MI), Sept. 19, 2002

    "We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country." -- Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

    "Iraq&#39;s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power." -- Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

    "We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction." -- Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002

    "The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons..." -- Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002

    "I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force -- if necessary -- to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security." -- Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002

    "There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years ... We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction." -- Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002

    "He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do" -- Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002

    "In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members ... It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons." -- Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002

    "We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction." -- Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), Dec. 8, 2002

    "Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime ... He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation ... And now he is miscalculating America&#39;s response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction ... So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real..." -- Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003
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    I thought Russert should have pressed harder for answers. He was far easier on Bush than he is on guests who appear in the studio.

    Bush looked pretty weak, though. If this appearance was supposed to stop the slide in his credibility, it failed.

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