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Kerry's Anti-War Record Discussed at White House Briefing
2/10/2004 | Jeff Gannon

Posted on 02/10/2004 2:56:29 PM PST by Jeff Gannon

This was the exchange at today's White House press briefing, much of which focused on George W. Bush's service records with the National Guard.

JEFF GANNON (Talon News): Since there have been so many questions about what the President was doing over 30 years ago, what is it that he did after his honorable discharge from the National Guard?

Did he make speeches alongside Jane Fonda, denouncing America's racist war in Vietnam?

Did he testify before Congress that American troops committed war crimes in Vietnam?

And did he throw somebody else's medals at the White House to protest a war America was still fighting?

What was he doing after he was honorably discharged?

MR. McCLELLAN: We've already commented on some of his views relating back to that period the other day. And, obviously, this was a time period also when he was going to get his MBA at Harvard. But the President was certainly proud to serve in the National Guard.

TERRY MORAN (ABC NEWS): And would the White House consider those actions by Senator Kerry, that Jeff mentions fair game in the political season?

MR. McCLELLAN: Terry, I think -- I know that that's a way to try to draw us into a Democratic primary that is ongoing.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2004election; antiamericanism; antiwarmovement; bush; election2004; fr; freeped; freepers; freerepublic; frinthenews; janefonda; jfk; johnfonda; johnfondakerry; kerry; kerrywasinvietnam; lyingliars; mediabias; pressconference; vietnam; whitehouse; whitehousepresscorps
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1 posted on 02/10/2004 2:56:30 PM PST by Jeff Gannon
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To: Jeff Gannon
Was that you?
2 posted on 02/10/2004 2:58:53 PM PST by Dog
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To: Jeff Gannon
Good show.
3 posted on 02/10/2004 2:59:51 PM PST by ChuckShick (He's clerking for me...)
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To: lysie; kayak; Peach; Miss Marple
We know who the reporter was..
4 posted on 02/10/2004 3:00:02 PM PST by Dog
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To: Jeff Gannon
LOL, I was watching that and my jaw dropped.

I thought, who the hell is this guy and how come I haven't met him on Free Republic.

5 posted on 02/10/2004 3:00:45 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: Jeff Gannon
Thank you.
6 posted on 02/10/2004 3:01:59 PM PST by Eva
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To: Jeff Gannon
Standing ovation here!   Bravo!
7 posted on 02/10/2004 3:02:28 PM PST by jigsaw (Freeper Fidelis)
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To: jwalsh07
Freepers are everywhere!

Thanks for your kind words. btw, I was just on Sean Hannity's radio show.
8 posted on 02/10/2004 3:02:43 PM PST by Jeff Gannon (Listen to my radio show "Jeff Gannon's Washington" on www.RIGHTALK.com)
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To: Jeff Gannon
I'm buying you many beers!!!!!!!! LOL!
9 posted on 02/10/2004 3:02:55 PM PST by cmsgop ( IT WAS THE DIAZ BROTHERS !!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Jeff Gannon
You had a bunch of Freepers screaming/cheering at their tvs today.......great job!
10 posted on 02/10/2004 3:04:09 PM PST by Dog
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To: cmsgop
Bring 'em on!
11 posted on 02/10/2004 3:04:35 PM PST by Jeff Gannon (Listen to my radio show "Jeff Gannon's Washington" on www.RIGHTALK.com)
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To: Jeff Gannon
I thought this post was a joke! Good for you! That's funny.

I'll bet every other reporter in the room looked at you like you had some contagious disease.

12 posted on 02/10/2004 3:04:46 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: cmsgop
You are the best!
14 posted on 02/10/2004 3:04:58 PM PST by TheExploited (R-Illinois)
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To: Jeff Gannon
WOOHOO!!!

Beautifully done, good sir!

15 posted on 02/10/2004 3:05:09 PM PST by Tamzee (EARTH FIRST!!! We'll stripmine the other planets later...)
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To: Jeff Gannon
Thank you, Jeff. :)
16 posted on 02/10/2004 3:05:55 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("The Clintons have damaged our country. They have done it together, in unison." -- Peggy Noonan)
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To: dead
I call it the "gasp" factor. The media stars were apoplectic when I let loose with that! If you didn't see it, catch it on C-SPAN.com later.
17 posted on 02/10/2004 3:06:34 PM PST by Jeff Gannon (Listen to my radio show "Jeff Gannon's Washington" on www.RIGHTALK.com)
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To: TheExploited
Thanks, Now Tell My Wife!
18 posted on 02/10/2004 3:06:45 PM PST by cmsgop ( IT WAS THE DIAZ BROTHERS !!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Jeff Gannon
I will! Great stuff.
19 posted on 02/10/2004 3:07:39 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Jeff Gannon
Great questions. Didn't hear them on the ABC Radio News on the Hour though. Great Job....
20 posted on 02/10/2004 3:08:21 PM PST by eureka! (My hope of hopes is the total demise of the Rat party....)
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To: Iowa Granny; prairiebreeze
fyi...
22 posted on 02/10/2004 3:08:59 PM PST by Dog
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To: Jeff Gannon
You are my hero! I would pay cash money to see David Gregory's face when you let loose with those questions! Good show!
23 posted on 02/10/2004 3:09:48 PM PST by Miss Marple
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To: Jeff Gannon
Terry, I think -- I know that that's a way to try to draw us into a Democratic primary that is ongoing

Gret job! The answer above is very depressing. Here, the WH spokesman was given the softest pitch he will ever receive and what does he do, he ducks. Our guys are friggin' cowards and wimps and if they don't learn how to fight they will be history. The other side cheats, lies and steals and our side won't even fight back.

24 posted on 02/10/2004 3:09:48 PM PST by plain talk
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To: Jeff Gannon
Way to go Jeff, and by the way, good interview on Hannity this afternoon.
25 posted on 02/10/2004 3:09:54 PM PST by Lokibob (All typos and spelling errors are mine and copyrighted!!!!)
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To: Jeff Gannon
Bravo!

26 posted on 02/10/2004 3:10:01 PM PST by dmanLA
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To: Jeff Gannon
Great job! Thank you.
27 posted on 02/10/2004 3:10:03 PM PST by mass55th
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To: plain talk
The White House response is why I have to phrase my questions as I do.
28 posted on 02/10/2004 3:11:42 PM PST by Jeff Gannon (Listen to my radio show "Jeff Gannon's Washington" on www.RIGHTALK.com)
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To: plain talk
The White House response is why I have to phrase my questions as I do.
29 posted on 02/10/2004 3:11:49 PM PST by Jeff Gannon (Listen to my radio show "Jeff Gannon's Washington" on www.RIGHTALK.com)
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To: Mo1
Check this out.
30 posted on 02/10/2004 3:11:57 PM PST by Dog
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To: Jeff Gannon
Great segment on Hannity's program. Look we got to keep stirring this up. Ollie thinks that Kerry will turn radioactive over his VVAW days.
31 posted on 02/10/2004 3:12:08 PM PST by Don'tMessWithTexas
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To: Howlin; Molly Pitcher; A Citizen Reporter; ABG(anybody but Gore); prairiebreeze; Peach
Look at this! A hard-hitting question about Kerry's past, and the White House press corps is gobsmacked!!! HA!
32 posted on 02/10/2004 3:12:34 PM PST by Miss Marple
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To: Jeff
AWESOME

I am soo glad that was said. lord knows we wont see it on the out takes on the networks.

I think Kerry is going to wear out the Vietnam hero crap, and all that will be left will be his anti American statements then. as well as his WORTHLESS senate record
33 posted on 02/10/2004 3:12:49 PM PST by carsonsig
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To: Jeff Gannon
Fantastic!!!
34 posted on 02/10/2004 3:13:02 PM PST by dalebert
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To: Jeff Gannon
Outstanding. Simply outstanding.
35 posted on 02/10/2004 3:13:02 PM PST by Camel Joe (Proud Uncle of a Fine Young Marine)
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To: plain talk
Gret job! The answer above is very depressing. Here, the WH spokesman was given the softest pitch he will ever receive and what does he do, he ducks. Our guys are friggin' cowards and wimps and if they don't learn how to fight they will be history. The other side cheats, lies and steals and our side won't even fight back.

No, this was perfectly correct. The White House should keep hands off of Kerry until he has the nomination locked. Let Kerry have enough rope to hang him with. If the Demorats want to shoot their pitifiul wad this early, let 'em.

36 posted on 02/10/2004 3:13:18 PM PST by kevkrom (YEEEEEAAAAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHHH! <splat> -- a prairie dog coming off a speed high)
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To: Jeff Gannon
Don't be shy. State the facts. Don't ask the media rhetorical questions. They are lazy. I sure hope the WH is ready to do some serious campaign carpet bombing. Especially using some good ole show and tell. The pictures of these scumbags looks like a gathering of terrorist.
37 posted on 02/10/2004 3:13:25 PM PST by marty60
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To: Jeff Gannon
I hope Brit plays your questions at the end of his show!
38 posted on 02/10/2004 3:13:26 PM PST by jigsaw (Freeper Fidelis)
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To: Jeff Gannon
Way to go, Jeff!
39 posted on 02/10/2004 3:13:45 PM PST by alnick
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To: plain talk
You gotta learn how this game is played. If the WH gets into it the issue will come back to slap the POTUS. That won't happen if we use other media outlets. Meanwhile, there will be plenty of time to slime Kerry. There is alot out there.
40 posted on 02/10/2004 3:14:31 PM PST by Don'tMessWithTexas
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To: Jeff Gannon
Kudos, sir.
41 posted on 02/10/2004 3:14:40 PM PST by Right Wing Professor
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To: Don'tMessWithTexas
I agree. Have you noticed that not a single news source will even touch it? That alone shows how much they fear it. This is going to backfire on the Democrats huge.

Let's have 6 months of looking back to what John Kerry was doing after he was discharged from the military.

Bring it on!
42 posted on 02/10/2004 3:14:45 PM PST by Jeff Gannon (Listen to my radio show "Jeff Gannon's Washington" on www.RIGHTALK.com)
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To: Jeff Gannon
Thank YOU, Mr. Gannon!
43 posted on 02/10/2004 3:15:02 PM PST by Molly Pitcher
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To: Jeff Gannon
Nice work. Do you think you might work Ramsey Clark's name into a press briefing or two? RC did work with VVAW, you know. I think the White House could do worse than to make RC an issue and make Kerry denounce him.
44 posted on 02/10/2004 3:15:04 PM PST by AmishDude
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To: Jeff Gannon
Thank you sir!! I salute you! The presser was an astounding spectacle to behold.

The White House response is why I have to phrase my questions as I do.

So, what's UP with the White House response?? LOTS of people would like to know...

Prairie

46 posted on 02/10/2004 3:16:03 PM PST by prairiebreeze (WMD's in Iraq -- The absence of evidence isn't evidence of absence.)
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To: Jeff Gannon
I was going to ask you if ole Helen peed her pantds, but depends keep that little item secret.
47 posted on 02/10/2004 3:16:31 PM PST by marty60
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To: Jeff Gannon
I thought this was a joke also till I read the comments. Way to GO!!! Thanks for standing up and asking the questions that a lot of us want to and dont have the chance..:)
48 posted on 02/10/2004 3:16:41 PM PST by futureceo31
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To: Jeff Gannon
Way to go!
I had turned the briefing off in disgust, so I missed your question.
49 posted on 02/10/2004 3:16:50 PM PST by MamaLucci (Free The Judiciary Committee Memos!)
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To: Jeff Gannon
Go Jeff!!!! I heard you on Hannity today. Good job!

I'll get those photos to you soon, I promise....
50 posted on 02/10/2004 3:17:52 PM PST by abner (FREE THE MIRANDA MEMOS! http://www.intelmemo.com < go there or be square!)
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