Tony Snow challenged on Bush hypocrisy

over an acceptable level of violence. This was the exchange at today’s White House press briefing:

QUESTION: In October of 2004 John Kerry said, “We have to get to the place where we were, where terrorists are not the focus of our lives, but they’re a nuisance.” The president said he couldn’t disagree more. Cheney called this naive and dangerous, and part of the pre-9/11 mindset. So does the president now have a pre-9/11 mindset?

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SNOW: No, the president does not have a pre-9/11 mindset. And the fact is — I’ll have to go back and take a look, but my recollection is that there was an attempt to, kind of, minimize some of the security challenges. But I don’t want to put words in Senator Kerry’s mouth without looking back at the 2004 debate.

Watch it:

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