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Kerry Mocks Bush's 'Itsy Bitsy' Campaign Slogan
Reuters ^ | 7/31/04 | Patricia Wilson

Posted on 07/31/2004 2:09:23 PM PDT by LibWhacker

GREENSBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Democratic White House challenger John Kerry mocked President Bush's new "turning the corner" campaign slogan on Saturday and said he offered voters more than "little itsy bitsy" sound bites.

On the second day of a 22-state, 43-city tour that will take him and running mate John Edwards from coast to coast by bus, train and boat over the next two weeks, Kerry disputed Bush's contention that "we are turning the corner and we're not turning back" on the U.S. economy.

"I think the American people are a heck of a lot smarter than some of these politicians and political consultants think they are," Kerry told more than 8,000 people gathered in a light drizzle outside a railway station in Greensburg, a Republican stronghold in western Pennsylvania.

"They keep telling them, 'just talk in this tiny, little, itsy bitsy sound bite. Be negative, go out there and attack."

Kerry said Americans wanted real leadership and vowed -- if he defeated Bush in the Nov. 2 election -- to be a president in the mold of Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower.

"They stood up and told the truth to the American people and they had a plan and they took this country to the future," he said.

Bush and Kerry joined battle on Friday, with the Democrat trying to carry some of the momentum out of his party's convention in Boston and Bush looking to grab back some of the political spotlight with a retooled stump speech after a week at his Texas ranch.

LARGE CROWDS FOR KERRY

Both candidates campaigned in key battleground states, sometimes less than a hundred miles from each other. In Pennsylvania, Kerry drew large crowds, including what he said were up to 20,000 people in Harrisburg.

"Yesterday, the president said to Americans that we were turning the corner, referring to the economy," Kerry said in Greensburg. "Well, let me ask you, if you're one of those 44 million Americans that don't have health insurance are you turning the corner? If you're one of those people who has a job ... that's been forced overseas, are we turning the corner for those folks?"

Despite slower-than-expected economic growth and a record budget deficit, Bush insisted that the nation's economic prospects were improving as he campaigned in neighboring Ohio, another battleground state hit hard by job losses.

But Kerry drew a parallel between Bush and Herbert Hoover, who as president during the Great Depression presided over an economy that experienced the biggest job losses in U.S. history.

"The last time we had a president who ran on a slogan of turning the corner was Herbert Hoover, and he ran on the prospect that prosperity was just around the corner," Kerry said. "I don't want to run talking about turning the corner. I'm running to climb the mountain and get to the top."

Bush campaign spokesman Steve Schmidt accused Kerry of pessimism and talking down the U.S. economy which he said had created 1.5 million new jobs since August.

"He's trying to tell America that things aren't improving," Schmidt said. "But his disingenuous campaign cannot hide the fact that America is stronger and safer because of the president's leadership."

A Newsweek poll released on Saturday showed Kerry gained a four-point bounce from last week's Boston convention where he was formally nominated.

In the survey conducted on Thursday and Friday, Kerry received 49 percent to Bush's 42 percent and 3 percent for independent candidate Ralph Nader. In early July, Kerry led Bush 47 percent to 44 percent, with Nader at 3 percent.

Without Nader in the race, Kerry led Bush by 51 percent to 45 percent. The poll of about 1,000 registered voters had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bitsy; bush; itsy; kerry; mocks; slogan
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1 posted on 07/31/2004 2:09:25 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

I . . . will . . . not . . . have . . . slogans . . . that . . . can . . . be . . . said . . . in . . . less . . . than . . . an . . . hour . . .


2 posted on 07/31/2004 2:12:17 PM PDT by AmishDude
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To: LibWhacker

That's right. John Kerry offers long winded, monotonous soundbites that never seem to go anywhere and just leave you more confused about his positions than before he started talking.


3 posted on 07/31/2004 2:12:52 PM PDT by counterpunch (The CouNTeRPuNcH Collection - www.counterpunch.us)
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To: LibWhacker

"I think the American people are a heck of a lot smarter than some of these politicians and political consultants think they are," Kerry told more than 8,000 people

Then why was your entire convention acceptance speehch a random collection of focus-group/political consultant tested slogans??


4 posted on 07/31/2004 2:12:58 PM PDT by Betaille ("Show them no mercy, for none shall be shown to you")
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To: LibWhacker

LOL, we'll soon see that so-called 'BOUNCE' go very flat, to very much behind Bush. Kerry will be trailing behind Bush by at least 15-25% in October-November 2004


5 posted on 07/31/2004 2:13:54 PM PDT by prophetic
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To: LibWhacker

How pathetic and immature Kerry is. He can't attack the President's record, so he's got to be petty and attack the campaign slogan. Pretty desperate if you ask me...and shallow at that...as shallow as the man himself.


6 posted on 07/31/2004 2:14:20 PM PDT by mass55th (We are The Knights Who Say "Ni!" No! Not The Knights Who Say "Ni!" The same!)
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To: prophetic

I wish I could be in a locked room with Kerry for 15 minutes.


7 posted on 07/31/2004 2:15:21 PM PDT by Viet-Boat-Rider (KERRY LIED)
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To: AmishDude

What was that Kerry said in his speech? Something along the lines of he wants he and President Bush to run a positive race?


8 posted on 07/31/2004 2:15:50 PM PDT by LSUsoph
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To: LSUsoph

Let me see.........."Reporting for duty" BWWAARRGAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH


9 posted on 07/31/2004 2:16:45 PM PDT by Viet-Boat-Rider (KERRY LIED)
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To: mass55th
"little itsy bitsy"

ROFL!!

Senator, you already have a lock on the "metrosexual girlie man" vote. You really should move to expand your base.

10 posted on 07/31/2004 2:17:08 PM PDT by Soul Seeker
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To: prophetic

Yup, the leftists' party is going down big time in November. We'll definitely see a landslide victory for Dubya.


11 posted on 07/31/2004 2:17:19 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Viet-Boat-Rider
I wish I could be in a locked room with Kerry for 15 minutes.

If it's a smoking room, I'd like ten minutes. If it's a non-smoking room, I'll need only three.

12 posted on 07/31/2004 2:17:28 PM PDT by Petronski (Edwards threatening al Qaida is like Pee Wee Herman threatening Luca Brazzi.)
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To: LibWhacker
LARGE CROWDS FOR KERRY

Both candidates campaigned in key battleground states, sometimes less than a hundred miles from each other. In Pennsylvania, Kerry drew large crowds, including what he said were up to 20,000 people in Harrisburg.

Okay. And Bush's crowd size was...? What, you don't say? Oh, this isn't an article about Bush?

Truly, they have no shame.

13 posted on 07/31/2004 2:18:29 PM PDT by prion (Yes, as a matter of fact, I AM the spelling police)
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To: LibWhacker
Typical Liberal, Kerrys all bark and NO bite. (heh heh)
14 posted on 07/31/2004 2:19:56 PM PDT by SunnySide
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To: LibWhacker
"I think the American people are a heck of a lot smarter than some of these politicians and political consultants think they are," Kerry told more than 8,000 people gathered in a light drizzle outside a railway station in Greensburg, a Republican stronghold in western Pennsylvania.

If that were true, Kerry's unfavorables would be at least 80%.

The guy is the emptiest of empty suits -- a vacuity wrapped in a vapidity wrapped in a platitude.

15 posted on 07/31/2004 2:21:42 PM PDT by Maceman (Too nuanced for a bumper sticker)
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To: AmishDude
Be negative, go out there and attack

Even during the primary Kerry was attacking others for non-existent attacks on his own virtue and patriotism. It's a kindergarten tactic.

16 posted on 07/31/2004 2:21:48 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: LibWhacker
offered voters more than "little itsy bitsy" sound bites.

He hasn't offered voters anything but free handouts and home movies of him in Nam 35 years ago.

Kerry is such a dork.

17 posted on 07/31/2004 2:22:21 PM PDT by concerned about politics ( Liberals are still stuck at the bottom of Maslow's Hierarchy)
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To: LibWhacker
More hot gas from kerry.


18 posted on 07/31/2004 2:23:33 PM PDT by gorebegone
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To: LibWhacker
Kerry campaign is selling a pack of smokes & mirrors
19 posted on 07/31/2004 2:24:00 PM PDT by SunnySide
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To: mass55th

Most all the Dems seem that way these days, petty and childish and always very personal in their attacks. They do no have a grasp of big issues or a real agenda or a "vision" so they act like 8th graders. Who does that approach connect with?


20 posted on 07/31/2004 2:26:06 PM PDT by BonnieJ
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To: LibWhacker
"I think the American people are a heck of a lot smarter than some of these politicians and political consultants think they are,"

Yes, they are. They'll see right through Kerry. He's no Republican, no matter how much he tries to fake it.
He's such a dork.

"They keep telling them, 'just talk in this tiny, little, itsy bitsy sound bite. Be negative, go out there and attack."

Paranoid, or what? He still thinks he's just back from Nam, and at war with America.

Correction - Kerry is such a bottom feeder.

21 posted on 07/31/2004 2:26:37 PM PDT by concerned about politics ( Liberals are still stuck at the bottom of Maslow's Hierarchy)
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To: mass55th

I'm like the Marines in Wendy's - I do not like Kerry!


22 posted on 07/31/2004 2:28:05 PM PDT by maxwellp (Throw the U.N. in the garbage where it belongs.)
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To: LibWhacker
Kerry told more than 8,000 people gathered in a light drizzle outside a railway station in Greensburg, a Republican stronghold in western Pennsylvania.

And half of them were homosexuals bused in from Canada. What a guy! He's got my vote - NOT!

23 posted on 07/31/2004 2:28:12 PM PDT by concerned about politics ( Liberals are still stuck at the bottom of Maslow's Hierarchy)
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To: counterpunch

Kerry doesn't give you soundbites, he feeds you the whole boring meal.


24 posted on 07/31/2004 2:28:12 PM PDT by savedbygrace
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To: LibWhacker

Let's see,

Kerry stole his slogans from previous Bush/Cheney speeches, and Kerry ridicules GWB's latest slogan, but Kerry has 'a plan'--no details, just 'a plan'.

Hey, Jacquestrap, you are being petty.


25 posted on 07/31/2004 2:29:09 PM PDT by TomGuy (After 20 years in the Senate, all Kerry has to run on is 4 months of service in Viet Nam.)
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To: savedbygrace

You almost make it sound like there is substance to what he says.


26 posted on 07/31/2004 2:29:16 PM PDT by counterpunch (The CouNTeRPuNcH Collection - www.counterpunch.us)
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To: Betaille
"I think the American people are a heck of a lot smarter than some of these politicians and political consultants think they are," Kerry told more than 8,000 people gathered in a light drizzle outside a railway station in Greensburg, a Republican stronghold in western Pennsylvania.


Westmoreland county, of which Greensburg is the county seat is the cow-shapped county with the tail against the isolated red rectangle, 2nd one up from the north and third over from the west. Notice Mondale carried the county in the blow-out Reagan re-election in 1984.


Dukakis won it in 1988.


Clinton carried it in both 1992 and 1996.


Bush finally carried it in 2000, the first Republican to do so since Nixon in the 1972 landslide. This is NOT a Republican stronghold. It is a traditionally Democrat county which has been turned off by the radical left fringe which has taken over the party.

27 posted on 07/31/2004 2:29:44 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (crime would drop like a sprung trapdoor if we brought back good old-fashioned hangings)
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To: LSUsoph

I think he only challenged President Bush to run a positive campaign. Not himself.


28 posted on 07/31/2004 2:30:28 PM PDT by savedbygrace
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To: LibWhacker
Kerry said Americans wanted real leadership and vowed -- if he defeated Bush in the Nov. 2 election -- to be a president in the mold of Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower. "They stood up and told the truth to the American people and they had a plan and they took this country to the future," he said.

The only way he can get away with saying that is because they're DEAD and can't defend themselves.

Kerry is such a dork.

29 posted on 07/31/2004 2:31:11 PM PDT by concerned about politics ( Liberals are still stuck at the bottom of Maslow's Hierarchy)
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To: concerned about politics

Here I come to save the day...
you know that Mighty Mouse is on his way

:o)

and you know flipper...flipper...flipper
lives in a world full of wonder
lieing there under
under the sea

:^)


Bush/Cheney '04




30 posted on 07/31/2004 2:31:15 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (It's a mighty world we live in but the truth is we're only passin' through)
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To: Maceman

LOL, it's gonna be fun watching Kerry and the Rats come unravelled over the next three months! They've got nothing the voters can sink their teeth into.


31 posted on 07/31/2004 2:32:13 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: counterpunch

Only to the degree that there is substance to offal.


32 posted on 07/31/2004 2:32:53 PM PDT by savedbygrace
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To: LibWhacker

big words from the girly-man in the pink necktie.


33 posted on 07/31/2004 2:33:06 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: LibWhacker
OK girlie man!

Results matter!

itsy bitsy enough?
How about?

RESULTS MATTER!
34 posted on 07/31/2004 2:33:10 PM PDT by UpInArms (Benedict Arnold was a war hero too.)
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To: LibWhacker

Could he hire a speech writer older than 5? Next, he'll be challenging W. to rock, paper, scissors contest. BUT we'll see who has the last laugh. Wait 'til W. triple dog dares Kerry to stick his tongue on the frozen flag pole. He's going to feel really stoopid.


35 posted on 07/31/2004 2:33:31 PM PDT by small voice in the wilderness (Quick, act casual. If they sense scorn and ridicule, they'll flee..)
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To: LibWhacker

36 posted on 07/31/2004 2:35:32 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: Vigilanteman

hey, don't let facts interfere with media spin!


37 posted on 07/31/2004 2:36:45 PM PDT by ambrose (Kerry is endorsed by the Communist Party USA)
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To: LSUsoph

See, Kerry will be permitted to slime Bush daily. If the President points out that Kerry hasn't DONE anything in 20 years in the Senate, that's a "negative attack".


38 posted on 07/31/2004 2:36:51 PM PDT by PogySailor (Proud member of the RAM)
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To: Vigilanteman

Let's not let facts get in the way of a good story......


39 posted on 07/31/2004 2:38:31 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("If you want a little peace, sometimes you gotta fight" - Sammy Hagar)
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To: LibWhacker
But Kerry drew a parallel between Bush and Herbert Hoover, who as president during the Great Depression presided over an economy that experienced the biggest job losses in U.S. history.

Geeze! I thought it was bad enough Kerry still lived in the '70's, but it's worse than I thought. The dork has taken a quantum leap back into the '30's!
Call the nut house. He's gone to the big pretend la la land of liberal Utopia. I guess his military commander was right after all. He does need a straight jacket!

40 posted on 07/31/2004 2:39:31 PM PDT by concerned about politics ( Liberals are still stuck at the bottom of Maslow's Hierarchy)
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To: LibWhacker

Ok... and droning "BRING IT ON" is the equivalent of a funeral oration by Pericles.


41 posted on 07/31/2004 2:40:17 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Be a Dollar a Day FReeper, and SMILE when you get your Mastercard bill!)
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To: LibWhacker

True.

And Kerry and the complicit media have been hiding Kerry from much of the public view.

Now, Kerry can't just sit comfortably and hide behind the complicit media and his talkingpoints-mouthpieces who have been making the rounds at the news-talk programs.

The public won't go for substitutions. And the more Kerry is seen, the less people seem to like him.

Still, most voters are too busy living their lives to think about the election---still 3 months away. After Labor Day and when the Debates begin, the more valid picture of the election numbers will emerge.


42 posted on 07/31/2004 2:40:58 PM PDT by TomGuy (After 20 years in the Senate, all Kerry has to run on is 4 months of service in Viet Nam.)
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To: LibWhacker
A Newsweek poll released on Saturday showed Kerry gained a four-point bounce from last week's Boston convention where he was formally nominated.

Zogby said no jump, Fox said a mere 2.8.
Next thing we'll hear is "Kerry got a 50 point jump!" (Liberals like to tell fibs)

43 posted on 07/31/2004 2:42:10 PM PDT by concerned about politics ( Liberals are still stuck at the bottom of Maslow's Hierarchy)
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To: Dan from Michigan

Kerry sucks, Bush rocks!


44 posted on 07/31/2004 2:42:21 PM PDT by nwrep
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To: counterpunch

You forgot ponderous and pretentious.


45 posted on 07/31/2004 2:43:07 PM PDT by altura (Kerry got my contempt the old-fashioned way--he earned it!)
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To: TomGuy

Kerry's campaign is all Wet.

46 posted on 07/31/2004 2:44:27 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: UpInArms

One of Kerry's problems is that he has a - er, "size" problem. He knows he's nowhere near as masculine as GWB, and he's suddenly decided he's got to make himself look muy macho. Since he ain't, this is an exercise in futility, but aside from that, it is making him look progressively more ridiculous.

Keep it up, JFK! We (Pubbies) love it!


47 posted on 07/31/2004 2:46:31 PM PDT by livius
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To: Vigilanteman
Bush finally carried it in 2000, the first Republican to do so since Nixon in the 1972 landslide. This is NOT a Republican stronghold.

Wow! Nice research job, vigilanteman! Who is this lame reporter who just lied through his/her teeth?

48 posted on 07/31/2004 2:48:36 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I'm so glad to no longer be associated with the Party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: LibWhacker
LOL, it's gonna be fun watching Kerry and the Rats come unraveled over the next three months! They've got nothing the voters can sink their teeth into.

I'd like to see the democrats sink their teeth into each other after they lose the election. That would be be "so kewl"!

49 posted on 07/31/2004 2:48:36 PM PDT by concerned about politics ( Liberals are still stuck at the bottom of Maslow's Hierarchy)
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To: concerned about politics

Kerry/Backwards wants to bring back the glory days of Jimmy Carter.

Not a joke, if you follow these democrats THEY REALLY WANT TO GO BACK TO JIMMY CARTER DAYZE.

The see Ronald Reagan as the start of their demise. If only they could undo all from that loss, the Democrats will have their Fourth Reich.


50 posted on 07/31/2004 2:49:09 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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