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    [b]Protester gets few words in during speech [/b]

    By Gregory Korte



    A 48-year-old Kentucky delivery driver who ran an unsuccessful campaign as a Republican for Bracken County judge-executive in 2002 interrupted Sen. John Kerry's speech in Cincinnati on Wednesday.

    "You said you committed atrocities!" shouted Michael L. Russell of Foster, Ky., at the beginning of Kerry's speech.

    That was about all he got to say before a union sheet metal worker sitting next to him got him in a headlock. Russell, a Teamster member who got an invitation through his union, tried to continue his speech, but 600 Kerry supporters shouted, "Ker-ry! Ker-ry! Ker-ry!" to drown him out.

    Cincinnati police and U.S. Secret Service officers escorted Russell from the building. He was not arrested.

    [b]"He was a plant, obviously," said David Mann, the former Cincinnati mayor and congressman, who was sitting immediately behind Russell. "He would have kept on talking." [/b]

    The outburst led Kerry to depart briefly from his prepared remarks.

    [b]"I have nothing but the greatest respect for people's right to express their opinion," Kerry said. "I might add, it's a terrific tactic of the Bush team. They love to disrupt. They love to interrupt. They don't want America to hear the truth." [/b]

    In an interview afterward, Russell said he wanted to ask Kerry about his 1971 interview on Meet the Press, when he said, "There are all kinds of atrocities and I would have to say that, yes, yes, I committed the same kind of atrocities as thousands of other soldiers have committed in that I took part in shootings in free-fire zones.... I took part in search-and-destroy missions, in the burning of villages."

    Kerry has since said he regrets using the word "atrocity."

    Outside the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, the GOP protest was a fraction of the 2,000-plus who protested Bush's speech there two years ago.

    "He's so indecisive - I don't think he's going to be a strong leader," Bush supporter Glen Comstock of Burlington, Ky. said of Kerry.

    Afterward, a lone GOP operative, Alex Triantafilou of Green Township, handed out DVD copies of a Republican-produced film on Kerry's evolving position on Iraq to reporters covering the speech.

    [url=http://www.enquirer.com/midday/09/09092004_News_mday_kerryprotest09.html]http://www.enquirer.com/midday/09/09092004...yprotest09.html[/url]

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    So let's get this right...anyone who stands up and verablly disagrees with kerri is a plant by the GOP? People invoking their right of free speech against kerri is a tactic by the President?

    I didn't hear anyone say those that disrupted the GOP convention last week were planted by the rats...

    This comes as no surprise to me as I posted last week, while protesting the kerri supporters I/we were continually hounded with intelligent comments such as, "who's paying you to carry that sign?" and "how much are you getting paid for this?"

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    If you choose to attend a speech by a political candidate you shouldn't heckle him or her, to do so is a rude and stupid thing to do.

    No one should heckle either presidential candidate. Let them speak and don't interfere with their right to free speech.

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by valleyjet[/i]@Sep 9 2004, 05:23 PM
    [b] If you choose to attend a speech by a political candidate you shouldn't heckle him or her, to do so is a rude and stupid thing to do.

    No one should heckle either presidential candidate. Let them speak and don't interfere with their right to free speech. [/b][/quote]
    and you reply by saying it (interupting a speech) is a tactic used by your opponent?

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by Come Back to NY+Sep 9 2004, 05:27 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>[b]QUOTE[/b] (Come Back to NY @ Sep 9 2004, 05:27 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-valleyjet[/i]@Sep 9 2004, 05:23 PM
    [b] If you choose to attend a speech by a political candidate you shouldn&#39;t heckle him or her, to do so is a rude and stupid thing to do.

    No one should heckle either presidential candidate. Let them speak and don&#39;t interfere with their right to free speech. [/b][/quote]
    and you reply by saying it (interupting a speech) is a tactic used by your opponent? [/b][/quote]
    Do you think heckling a political candidates speech is acceptable?

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by valleyjet+Sep 9 2004, 05:30 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>[b]QUOTE[/b] (valleyjet @ Sep 9 2004, 05:30 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> [quote]Originally posted by Come Back to NY@Sep 9 2004, 05:27 PM
    [b] <!--QuoteBegin-valleyjet[/i]@Sep 9 2004, 05:23 PM
    [b] If you choose to attend a speech by a political candidate you shouldn&#39;t heckle him or her, to do so is a rude and stupid thing to do.

    No one should heckle either presidential candidate. Let them speak and don&#39;t interfere with their right to free speech. [/b][/quote]
    and you reply by saying it (interupting a speech) is a tactic used by your opponent? [/b][/quote]
    Do you think heckling a political candidates speech is acceptable? [/b][/quote]
    you never answered my question....

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by Come Back to NY+Sep 9 2004, 05:33 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>[b]QUOTE[/b] (Come Back to NY @ Sep 9 2004, 05:33 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> [quote]Originally posted by valleyjet@Sep 9 2004, 05:30 PM
    [b] [quote]Originally posted by Come Back to NY@Sep 9 2004, 05:27 PM
    [b] <!--QuoteBegin-valleyjet[/i]@Sep 9 2004, 05:23 PM
    [b] If you choose to attend a speech by a political candidate you shouldn&#39;t heckle him or her, to do so is a rude and stupid thing to do.

    No one should heckle either presidential candidate. Let them speak and don&#39;t interfere with their right to free speech. [/b][/quote]
    and you reply by saying it (interupting a speech) is a tactic used by your opponent? [/b][/quote]
    Do you think heckling a political candidates speech is acceptable? [/b][/quote]
    you never answered my question.... [/b][/quote]
    Look I don&#39;t have any way of knowing if those hecklers were political operatives or not. Whether they were or not IMO what they did was wrong.

    In my opinion all hecklers are rude jerks and they have no place in legitimate political forums.

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by valleyjet+Sep 9 2004, 05:41 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>[b]QUOTE[/b] (valleyjet @ Sep 9 2004, 05:41 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> [quote]Originally posted by Come Back to NY@Sep 9 2004, 05:33 PM
    [b] [quote]Originally posted by valleyjet@Sep 9 2004, 05:30 PM
    [b] [quote]Originally posted by Come Back to NY@Sep 9 2004, 05:27 PM
    [b] <!--QuoteBegin-valleyjet[/i]@Sep 9 2004, 05:23 PM
    [b] If you choose to attend a speech by a political candidate you shouldn&#39;t heckle him or her, to do so is a rude and stupid thing to do.

    No one should heckle either presidential candidate. Let them speak and don&#39;t interfere with their right to free speech. [/b][/quote]
    and you reply by saying it (interupting a speech) is a tactic used by your opponent? [/b][/quote]
    Do you think heckling a political candidates speech is acceptable? [/b][/quote]
    you never answered my question.... [/b][/quote]
    Look I don&#39;t have any way of knowing if those hecklers were political operatives or not. Whether they were or not IMO what they did was wrong.

    In my opinion all hecklers are rude jerks and they have no place in legitimate political forums. [/b][/quote]
    so it is okay to just assume that the heckler is part of a tactic employed by the other person as your candidate did??

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by Come Back to NY[/i]@Sep 9 2004, 05:47 PM
    [b] so it is okay to just assume that the heckler is part of a tactic employed by the other person as your candidate did? [/b][/quote]
    Since the rude jerk was a former GOP candidate it isn&#39;t a very big leap to believe that he might have had the backing of the GOP.

    CBNY...No matter how you want to spin it here what these hecklers did was wrong.

    BTW...You never answered my question.

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by valleyjet+Sep 9 2004, 05:53 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>[b]QUOTE[/b] (valleyjet @ Sep 9 2004, 05:53 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Come Back to NY[/i]@Sep 9 2004, 05:47 PM
    [b] so it is okay to just assume that the heckler is part of a tactic employed by the other person as your candidate did? [/b][/quote]
    Since the rude jerk was a former GOP candidate it isn&#39;t a very big leap to believe that he might have had the backing of the GOP.

    CBNY...No matter how you want to spin it here what these hecklers did was wrong.

    BTW...You never answered my question. [/b][/quote]
    Personally I don&#39;t approve of heckling but have seen it many times and thought the person being heckled could&#39;ve handled it in a way to their advantage...case and point kerri could&#39;ve taken this guys words and turned it around against the President.

    Fact is kerri does not know how to handle these situations; earlier in the year when giving a speech in Cincinnatti a group of college students pulled out flip-flops and started banging them together.

    Kerri called them "rude"...if he was smart he would&#39;ve said, "I served in the military to help ensure your freedom of speech and give you the opportunity to come here and heckle me.."

    but he didn&#39;t....kerri misses opportunity after opportunity to score points, it is not even funny.

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