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Cleland to Bush: 'Put Up or Shut Up'
CNSNews.com ^ | 8-25-04

Posted on 08/25/2004 12:27:20 PM PDT by ambrose

Cleland to Bush: 'Put Up or Shut Up'

By Melanie Hunter

CNSNews.com Deputy Managing Editor August 25, 2004

(CNSNews.com) - Former Georgia Sen. Max Cleland tried, but failed to personally deliver a letter to President George Bush at his Crawford, Texas ranch Wednesday, asking Bush to denounce TV ads run by the group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth that criticizes Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry's military record.

At a news conference following the incident, Cleland called on Bush to "put up or shut up" and denounce the ads.

"These scurrilous attacks on John Kerry's credibility in war, his courage, his valor are false, and George Bush is behind it. That's why I tried to deliver a letter at the president's home, hand it to either him or one of his aides, but that was unsuccessful," said Cleland.

"And I'm sorry it was, because the letter is signed by some nine distinguished members of the United States Senate, all of whom have worn a uniform," he said.

The former senator called Bush's honor into question by accusing him of attacking "a fellow veteran who has distinguished himself" in combat, "regardless of the political combat involved." Cleland called it "disgraceful."

"For those of us in the Vietnam era, we're having to go through Vietnam again," Cleland said. "We're having to go through the divisive aspect of politics ... That is not what we ought to be doing in America."

"Republicans like Sen. John McCain, who have been the subject of scurrilous attacks like this before, say this is dishonest and dishonorable," he added.

Cleland said the president has criticized the military records of three Vietnam veterans in four years.

"[Bush] went after John McCain when [Bush] got behind [in the 2000 Republican presidential race], when McCain won the New Hampshire primary and came south to South Carolina. The slime machine got cranked up. The smear campaign started and McCain actually went on television and asked the president to stop it. He did not," Cleland said.

"And then when the president came after me in Georgia in 2002, [Nebraska Sen.] Chuck Hagel asked them to stop putting me up there with Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, and they did not," he said.

"And now, nine members of the Senate and millions of Americans around the country are asking George Bush to make one phone call to his friends here in Texas and say 'stop this insanity," Cleland added.

The former senator concluded by accusing Bush of "trying to cover up the fact that we have a mess in Iraq, which he created." Cleland added, "He's trying to cover up for the terrible presidency that he's given this country."


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KEYWORDS: cleland; kerry; nut
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1 posted on 08/25/2004 12:27:24 PM PDT by ambrose
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To: ambrose

Cleland just proved to the American people today that he is nuts!


2 posted on 08/25/2004 12:28:41 PM PDT by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: ambrose

Moose4 to Cleland: Shut up or shut up.

}:-)4


3 posted on 08/25/2004 12:28:54 PM PDT by Moose4 (I've got two Viking Kittens locked and loaded, and I'm not afraid to use 'em. Back off!)
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To: ambrose

Trailerpark Badass to Cleland: "Shut up!"


4 posted on 08/25/2004 12:29:08 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass
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To: ambrose

Tijeras_Slim to Cleland: "Take a hike."


5 posted on 08/25/2004 12:29:25 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Be a Dollar a Day FReeper, and SMILE when you get your Mastercard bill!)
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To: ambrose

Me to Cleland, dont pick up a live hand grenade, then expect me to call you a hero...


6 posted on 08/25/2004 12:29:29 PM PDT by FesterUSMC
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To: ambrose

I'd say he needs to make ten or twenty thousand phone calls. Maybe a couple of million.


7 posted on 08/25/2004 12:29:35 PM PDT by js1138 (Speedy architect of perfect labyrinths.)
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To: ambrose

I still can't believe that there are 9 RATS in the Senate who have worn the uniform.


8 posted on 08/25/2004 12:29:43 PM PDT by Veritas et equitas ad Votum (If the Constitution "lives and breathes", it dies.)
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To: ambrose
Cleland called on Bush to "put up or shut up" and denounce the ads.

Hasn't Bush done exactly that?
What's Bush supposed to do, call the Swift Vets? Give them orders? That would be improper.

9 posted on 08/25/2004 12:30:10 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The Fourth Estate is a Fifth Column)
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To: ambrose

Bush denounced 527s the other day. What is being demanded of him now?

Is he suposed to ultra, double-denounce them?


10 posted on 08/25/2004 12:30:10 PM PDT by Gefreiter ("Flee...into the peace and safety of a new dark age." HP Lovecraft)
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To: FesterUSMC
GBC to Cleland: Sit down and shut up.
11 posted on 08/25/2004 12:30:17 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: ambrose

I love the smell of 'Rat desperation in the morning.


12 posted on 08/25/2004 12:30:24 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Drug prohibition laws help fund terrorism.)
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To: ambrose

God, can't these people even just once shut the hell up and accept reality!? I'm starting to think that the only rational response to a Liberal is a dose of Lithium!


13 posted on 08/25/2004 12:30:25 PM PDT by sc2_ct (This is the way the world ends... not with a bang but a whimper)
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To: areafiftyone
"These scurrilous attacks on John Kerry's credibility in war, his courage, his valor are false, and George Bush is behind it."

That is a lie. A filthy lie. Just because he is a triple amputee does not mean that insincere stunts like he pulled today on behalf of John Kerry was truthful.

14 posted on 08/25/2004 12:31:01 PM PDT by KC_Conspirator (This space outsourced to India)
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To: ambrose

"These scurrilous attacks on John Kerry's credibility in war, his courage, his valor are false ..."

Except for ...

Christmas in Cambodia ...
First Purple Heart ...

Kerry is dying the death of a thousand cuts, and he's doing it to himself.



15 posted on 08/25/2004 12:31:17 PM PDT by RiteWingConspiracy
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To: ambrose

Thanka again SwiftVets - You've got these guys really going nuts ! Keep it up !


16 posted on 08/25/2004 12:31:26 PM PDT by RS (Just because the SwiftVets are out to get him dosen't mean he's not guilty)
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To: ambrose

Hey Max, Did you commit atrocities like Kerry did?
Were you drunk or stoned when you blew yourself up?
Did you enjoy it when Kerry called you a baby killer?
Answer up, or shut up!


17 posted on 08/25/2004 12:31:34 PM PDT by Ron in Acreage (Kerry is a threat to national security)
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To: ambrose

Bush to Cleland: "You first."


18 posted on 08/25/2004 12:31:37 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: Gefreiter

Double-dog denounce them.


19 posted on 08/25/2004 12:31:54 PM PDT by TomEwall
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To: ambrose

Hey Cleland. Listen up or shut up. Bush has denounced all 527 ads


20 posted on 08/25/2004 12:31:55 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: ambrose

Pure theater. The elitist Cleland should email his opinions to the president like the rest of us serfs. This 'hand-delivered' crap is transparent my Saran wrap blushed.


21 posted on 08/25/2004 12:32:26 PM PDT by rudypoot
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To: RiteWingConspiracy

"Kerry is dying the death of a thousand cuts, and he's doing it to himself. "

" Bring it on ! --- Make it stop ! "


23 posted on 08/25/2004 12:33:17 PM PDT by RS (Just because the SwiftVets are out to get him dosen't mean he's not guilty)
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To: ambrose
Headline: BUSH ORDERS SECRET SERVICE TO KILL ALL SWIFT VETS

Kerry Response: "Too Little, Too Late"

24 posted on 08/25/2004 12:33:36 PM PDT by twhitak
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To: ambrose

Glen Beck played some Dem Vietnam ads this morning. They are just as bad, even worse.


25 posted on 08/25/2004 12:33:46 PM PDT by RightWhale (Withdraw from the 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty and establish property rights)
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To: ambrose
So very pathetic and desperate.

By the way, anybody checked out the latest Iowa Electronic Market Quotes on the race? They dont look too swift for Monseur Kerry !

26 posted on 08/25/2004 12:34:09 PM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: ambrose
That's why I tried to deliver a letter at the president's home, hand it to either him or one of his aides, but that was unsuccessful," said Cleland.

"And I'm sorry it was, because the letter is signed by some nine distinguished members of the United States Senate, all of whom have worn a uniform," he said.

Of course, Cleland refuse to accept a letter from a veteran in uniform, signed by many distinguished veterans.

I'd accuse Cleland of being yet another Kerry syncophant to shoot himself in the foot, but that wouldn't be appropriate...

27 posted on 08/25/2004 12:34:09 PM PDT by dirtboy (Forget Berger's socks - has ANYONE searched his skin folds for classified documents?)
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To: ambrose

Cleland = Lunatic


28 posted on 08/25/2004 12:34:13 PM PDT by tomahawk
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To: ambrose

Message to Cleland and Rassmann.......SHOVE IT


29 posted on 08/25/2004 12:34:51 PM PDT by OldFriend (WAR IS THE REMEDY OUR ENEMIES HAVE CHOSEN)
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To: RiteWingConspiracy

Kerry is dying the death of a thousand cuts, and he's doing it to himself.



no he has friends like cleland helping him

Doogle


30 posted on 08/25/2004 12:35:10 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF..408th MMS...Ubon, Thailand "69" ..."Wolfpack".night line delivery "Doogle")
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To: ambrose
And now, nine members of the Senate and millions of Americans around the country are asking George Bush to

In other words, "Eighty percent of Senate DemocRATS refused to sign our letter."

31 posted on 08/25/2004 12:35:34 PM PDT by harrycarey
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To: ambrose

F-off, Cleland!


32 posted on 08/25/2004 12:35:39 PM PDT by RockinRight (Liberalism IS the status quo)
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To: FesterUSMC

Wasn't that a fraging incident?


33 posted on 08/25/2004 12:35:47 PM PDT by stockpirate (Real issue is Kerry attended meeting where VVAW discussed killing 7 US Senators! 11/71)
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To: ambrose

These guys are a bunch of wussies. President Bush has put up with all these liberal movies, moveon, being compared to Hitler, being questioned about his service, etc. He takes it like a man. Kerry is...well I don't wanna use the language that I'm thinkin in my head.


34 posted on 08/25/2004 12:35:54 PM PDT by MP5 (Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap, Life is expensive.)
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To: FesterUSMC

Is it fair to say that all who serve deserve honor and gratitude, but not all of them are heros? (And most true heros deny the title.)


35 posted on 08/25/2004 12:36:15 PM PDT by WestTexasWend
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To: ambrose
So are we supposed to treat Cleland with kid gloves not because of the measure of his arguments, but out of sympathy for his accident?
36 posted on 08/25/2004 12:36:43 PM PDT by atomicpossum (If there are two Americas, John Edwards isn't qualified to lead either of them.)
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To: ambrose

Hey Cleland, you blowhard Communist RAT tool, SHUT UP!

The DemocRATs will be looked back upon by history very, very unkindly...unless they get to write it!


37 posted on 08/25/2004 12:37:06 PM PDT by ApesForEvolution (DemocRATS are communists and want to destroy America only to replace it with the USSA)
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To: ambrose

handy to Cleeland...don't try to strongarm me!


38 posted on 08/25/2004 12:37:11 PM PDT by handy (Forgive me this day, my daily typos...)
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To: ambrose
LOL!!!If this was Bush's plan to turn Kerry's world up side down, then he can truly say,"MISSION ACCOMPLISHED"!

Yet again, Bush was under estimated!

39 posted on 08/25/2004 12:37:26 PM PDT by shiva
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To: MP5

Kerry is...well I don't wanna use the language that I'm thinkin in my head.
...let me help you

Doodoo

Doogle


40 posted on 08/25/2004 12:37:53 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF..408th MMS...Ubon, Thailand "69" ..."Wolfpack".night line delivery "Doogle")
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To: ambrose
What an outrage that Kerry would send a crippled vet as his agent to try to stifle the First Amendment, the very Document that Cleland lost his limbs defending!

What a disgrace!

Cleland has lowered himself to a third rate stooge.

Kerry's first crisis is going very badly for him.

41 posted on 08/25/2004 12:38:02 PM PDT by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN (I don't believe anything a Democrat says. Bill Clinton set the standard!)
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To: OldFriend
"Bush, quit attacking me or im gonna tell my mom!" John F'n Kerry
42 posted on 08/25/2004 12:38:02 PM PDT by FesterUSMC
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To: ambrose

They're melting they're melting! What a world what a world.


43 posted on 08/25/2004 12:38:21 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (I'm Conspiracy Guy and I approve this message. "John Kerry is a liar!")
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To: ambrose

The irony is that Bush said Kerry's record is to be honored. So actually I agree with Cleland. Bush should shut-up about that and start shedding some context to the SwiftVets' claims. The MSM has successfully steered the story towards one of "timing" and "back-room" deals.


44 posted on 08/25/2004 12:38:30 PM PDT by Naspino (HTTP://NASPINO.COM)
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To: ambrose
And I'm sorry it was, because the letter is signed by some nine distinguished members of the United States Senate, all of whom have worn a uniform, he said.

I wonder if Sheets Byrd signed it? After all he wore KKK uniform.

45 posted on 08/25/2004 12:38:38 PM PDT by hflynn
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To: Veritas et equitas ad Votum

He didn't specify the uniform. Heck, even inmates wear a uniform.


46 posted on 08/25/2004 12:39:36 PM PDT by rabidralph (Arm Tibet!)
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To: TomEwall

I know, I mean sheesh what's it take to denounce something these days?

You come out on Tuesday and say you're against something, and on Wednesday people are screaming for you to denounce that same thing.

I don't know whether to be insulted by the inanity, or amused.


47 posted on 08/25/2004 12:39:46 PM PDT by Gefreiter ("Flee...into the peace and safety of a new dark age." HP Lovecraft)
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To: ambrose
"Republicans like Sen. John McCain, who have been the subject of scurrilous attacks like this before, say this is dishonest and dishonorable," he added.

McCain gave the Kerry campaign a gift that keeps on giving.

48 posted on 08/25/2004 12:40:01 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: ambrose

State of Georgia to Cleland : 'Win Election or Shut Up'


49 posted on 08/25/2004 12:40:13 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: WestTexasWend
That is correct! Someone who does NOT follow regulations and drops a grenade and picks it up, is NOT a hero. He is a dumbass
50 posted on 08/25/2004 12:40:55 PM PDT by FesterUSMC
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