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    WAR POLITICS
    Dean ties Madrid bombing to Iraq
    By Nedra Pickler, Associated Press, 3/17/2004

    WASHINGTON -- Former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean said yesterday that President Bush's decision to send troops to Iraq appears to have contributed to the bombing deaths of 201 people in Spain.

    A growing international investigation is focusing on Islamic militants possibly linked to Al Qaeda as those responsible for the Madrid train bombings on Thursday.

    European intelligence agencies are trying to identify a purported Al Qaeda operative who claimed in a videotape that the group carried out the bombings to punish Spain for backing the US-led war in Iraq.

    Dean referred to the videotape when asked whether he was linking US troops in Iraq to the deaths in Spain.

    "That was what they said in the tape," Dean said. "They made that connection, I'm simply repeating it."

    Dean made the remarks during a conference call with reporters as he was defending his former rival John F. Kerry, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, from a Bush campaign ad. The ad accused Kerry of turning his back on US soldiers fighting in Iraq.

    Dean said it is the president who has not supported the troops. He said Bush sent soldiers to Iraq unequipped, misled the country on the reasons for war, and made the United States less safe by focusing on a target that wasn't a threat.

    And, he said, "The president was the one who dragged our troops to Iraq, which apparently has been a factor in the death of 200 Spaniards over the weekend."

    Dean issued a statement later to The Associated Press that said, "Let me be clear, there is no justification for terrorism. Today I was simply repeating what those who have claimed responsibility for the bombings in Spain said was the reason they carried out that despicable act."

    Dean was speaking on a conference call arranged by Kerry's campaign. Campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter reiterated Dean's clarification of his remarks and added,

    "It's clear that what happened in Spain is a painful reminder that the war on terror is far from over," said said, "and the nation would be better off if this administration took the time to rebuild our alliances rather than engaging in political attacks."

    © Copyright 2004 Globe Newspaper Company.
    Bush camp responds


    Statement by Bush-Cheney '04 Campaign Chairman Governor Marc Racicot
    Wed Mar 17 2004 10:20:54 ET

    ARLINGTON, VA --"Yesterday on a conference call arranged by Sen. Kerry's campaign, former Gov. Howard Dean blamed the deaths in Spain on President Bush and the War on Terror. The attacks were caused by a global terror network that not only struck Spain, but also killed in the United States, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Bali. If Senator Kerry understands the nature of this threat and the need to take on terror, then he should immediately repudiate these troubling comments, and stop all efforts on behalf of his surrogates to blame America for these attacks."

  • #2
    Note to dooz:

    Howard Dean and John Kerry are not the same person. They aren't even on a ticket together.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by kah2523@Mar 17 2004, 09:43 AM
      Note to dooz:

      Howard Dean and John Kerry are not the same person. They aren't even on a ticket together.
      I know you might have some trouble with reading comprehension, so here it is again:


      Dean was speaking on a conference call arranged by Kerry's campaign. Campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter reiterated Dean's clarification of his remarks and added

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      • #4
        Originally posted by dooz+Mar 17 2004, 09:45 AM-->
        QUOTE (dooz @ Mar 17 2004, 09:45 AM)

      • #5
        Originally posted by dooz+Mar 17 2004, 09:45 AM-->
        QUOTE (dooz @ Mar 17 2004, 09:45 AM)

      • #6
        Let's face it, all campaigns have designated people to make the inflamatory comments. It's better than the candidate himself doing it himself in many cases.

        Dean has become one of these designated people in the Kerry campaign. Why else would an ex-governor be so visible when he holds no office and won only the Vermont primary?
        "Need some wood?" -- George W. Bush, October 8, 2004

        "Historians will judge if this war is just, not your punk ass." -- Dave Glover, December 8, 2004

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        • #7
          Originally posted by phantom@Mar 17 2004, 09:48 AM
          Why else would an ex-governor be so visible when he holds no office and won only the Vermont primary?
          Good Lord. He's been "visible" for some time now.

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          • #8
            Originally posted by kah2523+Mar 17 2004, 09:49 AM-->
            QUOTE (kah2523 @ Mar 17 2004, 09:49 AM)

          • #9
            Originally posted by kah2523+Mar 17 2004, 09:47 AM-->
            QUOTE (kah2523 @ Mar 17 2004, 09:47 AM)
            Originally posted by [email protected] 17 2004, 09:45 AM

          • #10
            YEAAAAHARRRRAAAAAGH!

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            • #11
              Kerry better get control of his people soon. Mistakes like this are amateurish. This probably won't get a lot of play in the media, but it is these types of blunders that can keep a campaign from getting into high gear.

              Thanks
              "You can't handle my opinions." Moedrabowsky

              Jeffro is a hell of a good man.

              "A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel." - Robert Frost

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              • #12
                I think it's a bit of a stretch to lump Kerry in with this, but whatever makes you feel better.

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                • #13
                  Interview with Dean:

                  Q: Howie, what did you eat for breakfast?
                  A: YEARRRAAAAAAAHGH!

                  Q: Looking back at it, what was the turning point in the campaign?
                  A: YEARRRAAAAAAAHGH!

                  Q: If you were John Kerry, positioned for the nomination, what would you do?
                  A: YEARRRAAAAAAAHGH!

                  Q: Spain suffered a tough attack last week. You are Franco, Spanish King. What to do?
                  A: YEARRRAAAAAAAHGH!

                  Thanks, Howie. You rock.

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                  • #14
                    Kerry does not agree with Dean's comments..


                    "The president was the one who dragged our troops to Iraq, which apparently has been a factor in the death of 200 Spaniards over the weekend," Dean said as he defended Kerry from a Bush television ad that accused Kerry of turning his back on U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq.

                    Asked about the comment on his campaign plane Wednesday, Kerry said, "It's not our position."
                    Smart move.

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                    • #15
                      Originally posted by dooz@Mar 17 2004, 10:09 AM
                      Kerry does not agree with Dean's comments..


                      "The president was the one who dragged our troops to Iraq, which apparently has been a factor in the death of 200 Spaniards over the weekend," Dean said as he defended Kerry from a Bush television ad that accused Kerry of turning his back on U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq.

                      Asked about the comment on his campaign plane Wednesday, Kerry said, "It's not our position."
                      Smart move.
                      dooz,

                      Very stand up of you to post this and change the title of the thread.

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