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Bush Laments ‘Tone’ In Washington, Says His Opponents Want Terrorists To Win

By Judd Legum on November 2, 2006 at 11:13 am

"Bush Laments ‘Tone’ In Washington, Says His Opponents Want Terrorists To Win"

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On Tuesday, in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, President Bush said the worst thing about being President was the “tone” in Washington, saying that it “has gotten ugly.” Bush said that he had stayed above the fray, noting “I really don’t think it’s fitting for the president to drag the presidency into that kind of a mudslinging.” Watch it:

[flv http://video.thinkprogress.org/2006/11/tonehannity.320.240.flv]

The day before, President Bush was on the campaign trail in Georgia. His message: his opponents want America to lose and the terrorist to win. Watch it:

[flv http://video.thinkprogress.org/2006/11/tonefinal.320.240.flv]

This kind of high-minded rhetoric is a staple of President Bush’s election-year stump speech. Expect more of it as the President campaigns in Nevada, Montana and Missouri over the next two days.

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Transcript:

Clip 1

BUSH: Let me start with the least. I don’t like the tone in Washington, D.C. I feel like that the politics has gotten ugly, and that tends to discourage people around the country. And that’s just too bad.

I would hope in my last two years I can — and, by the way, I’ve never really resorted to name-calling. And I’m not trying to say, well, you know, I’m innocent and everybody else is guilty. That’s not what I’m trying to say. But I understand that it’s one thing to disagree with a person, but it’s another thing to have to resort to kind of shameless name- calling. And I really don’t think it’s fitting for the president to drag the presidency into that kind of a mudslinging.

On the other hand, it’s important for the president defends what he believes, you know, in a way that brings honor to the office. But Washington’s a lot — it’s just too — it’s too political in many ways.

Clip 2

BUSH: However they put it, the Democrat approach in Iraq comes down to this: The terrorists win and America loses.

[Snip]

BUSH: In all these vital measures for fighting the war on terror, the Democrats in Washington follow a simple philosophy: Just say no. When it comes to listening in on the terrorists, what’s the Democratic answer? Just say no. When it comes to detaining terrorists, what’s the Democrat answer?

AUDIENCE: Just say no!

BUSH: When it comes to questioning terrorists, what’s the Democrat answer?

AUDIENCE: Just say no!

BUSH: When it comes to trying terrorists, what’s the Democrat’s answer?

AUDIENCE: Just say no!

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