Skip to comments.Cleland to Bush: 'Put Up or Shut Up'
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."
Cleland just proved to the American people today that he is nuts!
Moose4 to Cleland: Shut up or shut up.
Trailerpark Badass to Cleland: "Shut up!"
Tijeras_Slim to Cleland: "Take a hike."
Me to Cleland, dont pick up a live hand grenade, then expect me to call you a hero...
I'd say he needs to make ten or twenty thousand phone calls. Maybe a couple of million.
I still can't believe that there are 9 RATS in the Senate who have worn the uniform.
Hasn't Bush done exactly that?
What's Bush supposed to do, call the Swift Vets? Give them orders? That would be improper.
Bush denounced 527s the other day. What is being demanded of him now?
Is he suposed to ultra, double-denounce them?
I love the smell of 'Rat desperation in the morning.
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!
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.
"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.
Thanka again SwiftVets - You've got these guys really going nuts ! Keep it up !
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!
Bush to Cleland: "You first."
Double-dog denounce them.
Hey Cleland. Listen up or shut up. Bush has denounced all 527 ads