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Clinton says GOP strategy is ‘weak’
Vail Daily News ^ | 7/10/06 | Joel Stonington

Posted on 07/11/2006 8:06:20 AM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32

ASPEN — Democrats should perform well in November if they focus on issues like climate change, former president Bill Clinton told an Aspen Ideas Festival audience Friday.

“Historically, we should win,” Clinton said. “We might well win one or more houses.” In a wide-ranging, hour-long interview, Clinton discussed AIDS, Sudan, limits to executive power, climate change, Rwanda, oil, Iraq, Democratic Party strategies and GOP mastermind Karl Rove.

The Republican strategy is weak, he said.

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1 posted on 07/11/2006 8:06:21 AM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

"Aspen" is all one needs to know about the audience.


2 posted on 07/11/2006 8:07:17 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Many at FR would respond to Christ "Darn right, I'll cast the first stone!")
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

We should listen. There are fewer experts on weakness than Bill Clinton.


3 posted on 07/11/2006 8:07:47 AM PDT by Patrick1
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
Biggest issue in the next election is "Climate Change".

Riiiiiiiiiiiiight.

4 posted on 07/11/2006 8:08:13 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("He hits me, he cries, he runs to the court and sues me.")
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
"The Republican strategy is weak" unlike our manly Democratic stategy:


5 posted on 07/11/2006 8:09:05 AM PDT by jwalburg (It wasn't the Executive that Thomas Jefferson referred to as "the Despotic Branch.")
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

What does Ford or Bush41 have to say about the Democrats strategy?


6 posted on 07/11/2006 8:09:14 AM PDT by weegee (Seasons greetings and happy holidays this June-July!)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

This sex-fien has not changed a bit....still full of hot air....


7 posted on 07/11/2006 8:09:43 AM PDT by HarleyLady27 (My ? to libs: "Do they ever shut up on your planet?" "Grow your own DOPE: Plant a LIB!")
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To: ClearCase_guy
Biggest issue in the next election is "Climate Change".

At Starbucks on Broadway...maybe,,,

8 posted on 07/11/2006 8:09:44 AM PDT by litehaus
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
Democrats should perform well in November if they focus on issues like climate change, former president Bill Clinton told an Aspen Ideas Festival audience Friday.

He HAD to be bullshitting somebody to have said this.

9 posted on 07/11/2006 8:09:46 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: HIDEK6

Bubba heard those hippie chicks still put out for guys who spout the right politics.


10 posted on 07/11/2006 8:10:28 AM PDT by weegee (Seasons greetings and happy holidays this June-July!)
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To: ClearCase_guy
I guess they're not gonna do "culture of corruption". You could see the switch to "global warming" being led by their media pimps. OK, bring it on.
11 posted on 07/11/2006 8:10:59 AM PDT by kjo
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To: HIDEK6
Democrats should perform well in November if they focus on issues like climate change, former president Bill Clinton told an Aspen Ideas Festival audience Friday.


He HAD to be bullshitting somebody to have said this


Maybe he's been inhaling Algore's hot air?
12 posted on 07/11/2006 8:11:45 AM PDT by Jameison
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

Same old Democratic talking points garbage - that they're gonna win, and then when they don't, there's another excuse. We see this every election cycle, and it's only parroted in the media.


13 posted on 07/11/2006 8:11:59 AM PDT by brain bleeds red
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
Unfortunately I think they are going to slaughter us this time around. We better select candidates very carefully.

GE
14 posted on 07/11/2006 8:12:36 AM PDT by GrandEagle
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

"Democrats should perform well in November if they focus on issues like climate change"

Sure enough. Democrats do their best with phony baloney dogma and scare tactics. The huge number of Americans who pay no attention to anything are readily duped by Democrat crap.


15 posted on 07/11/2006 8:12:39 AM PDT by hauerf
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
If Hillary! is their candidate, we win!
16 posted on 07/11/2006 8:12:42 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam Factoid:After forcing young girls to watch his men execute their fathers, Muhammad raped them.)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

"Democrats should perform well in November if they focus on issues like climate change". Yea that's the ticket, focus on climate change while people are paying $3 a gallon. The Rats are really bankrupt on ideas.


17 posted on 07/11/2006 8:12:46 AM PDT by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Democrats should perform well in November if they focus on issues scare tactics like climate change

There, fixed it.

18 posted on 07/11/2006 8:12:49 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Jameison

All those things he discussed had something in common. They were all issues that he did nothing about.


19 posted on 07/11/2006 8:13:26 AM PDT by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: massgopguy

Correct.


20 posted on 07/11/2006 8:14:15 AM PDT by Jameison
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
“Historically, we should win,” Clinton said. “We might well win one or more houses.” In a wide-ranging, hour-long interview, Clinton discussed AIDS, Sudan, limits to executive power, climate change, Rwanda, oil, Iraq, Democratic Party strategies and GOP mastermind Karl Rove.

And why he never took action on any of these issues!

21 posted on 07/11/2006 8:14:42 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: weegee

"Bubba heard those hippie chicks still put out for guys who spout the right politics."

Also naive young college women who have been indoctrinated by our public schools and universities (apologies to any intelligent young college freeper women, but you are a rarity, esp. in the humanities). I'm betting Clinton is done and over with hippie chicks aka was Hitlary really used to be...


22 posted on 07/11/2006 8:14:53 AM PDT by piytar
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

"Anybody here see my Legacy?"....

"No, not HILLARY, MY Legacy!"


23 posted on 07/11/2006 8:15:08 AM PDT by Mikey_1962 (If you build it, they won't come...)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
Rwanda

What's Bill been inhaling? Please. Let's have a months' long discussion of the previous administration's brilliant diplomatic manuevers as a genocide slowly unfolded before our very eyes. With a sidebar on our reliance on the U.N. Hero of Rwanda, Kofi Annan, ordering the peacekeepers to stand down.

That should win a lot of votes.

24 posted on 07/11/2006 8:15:24 AM PDT by siunevada (If we learn nothing from history, what's the point of having one? - Peggy Hill)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
Democrats should perform well in November if they focus on issues like climate change, former president Bill Clinton told an Aspen Ideas Festival audience Friday.

Coming from Mr. Hot Air who's married to Mrs. Freeze!

25 posted on 07/11/2006 8:15:28 AM PDT by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
"You people are fools, but I'll gladly take your money and tell ya what you want to hear. Have I told you how much money I make on the speaking tour these days?"


26 posted on 07/11/2006 8:15:46 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

In other news Clinton remarked "The French soccer team BLOWS!"


27 posted on 07/11/2006 8:15:47 AM PDT by freedomlover (This tagline has been pulled - - - - OK?)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
Three things:

1)He is partly playing to the crowd.

2) He is sending a signal to the other dem candidates as to what direction they should take.

3) If they take the bait and run left, Hillary will cover the middle. As the left implodes, she gets a lock on the nomination.

28 posted on 07/11/2006 8:15:52 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (Nothing says "SLUTT", like a tattoo on the BUTT)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
Democrats should perform well in November if they focus on issues like climate change . . .

With every passing day I become more convinced that Bill Clinton is really just a Republican mole -- planted in the Democratic Party to ensure that they look as silly as possible.

How else could one explain this idea that his recipe for Democratic success in November is to focus on the one freaking issue that hardly anyone cares about?

29 posted on 07/11/2006 8:15:54 AM PDT by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

At least they have a stategy.


30 posted on 07/11/2006 8:16:23 AM PDT by xarmydog
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

Clinton's character is "weak".


31 posted on 07/11/2006 8:16:48 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
Democrats should perform well in November if they focus on issues like climate change,

Oh please oh please oh please.

I *pray* they go for this as an issue.

It's so easy to slam dunk.

32 posted on 07/11/2006 8:17:29 AM PDT by Dominic Harr (Conservative = Careful, as in 'Conservative with money')
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

This a$$hole is bullsh*tting more now... than he did when he soiled the Oval Office. Where the hell is a disgruntled, office-seeker when you really need one?


33 posted on 07/11/2006 8:17:29 AM PDT by johnny7 (“And what's Fonzie like? Come on Yolanda... what's Fonzie like?!”)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

thank you so much for posting this. Be sure and repost it on Election Night so we will be reminded of Bill Clinton's prediction.


34 posted on 07/11/2006 8:17:39 AM PDT by YaYa123
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
“Historically, we should win,” Clinton said.

The day after the election could be a lot of fun.

35 posted on 07/11/2006 8:17:59 AM PDT by siunevada (If we learn nothing from history, what's the point of having one? - Peggy Hill)
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To: Alberta's Child

Somebody tell this pervert to shut up.


36 posted on 07/11/2006 8:18:50 AM PDT by jackv (just shakin' my head)
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To: weegee
What does Ford or Bush41 have to say about the Democrats strategy?

Two things: First, don't be an idiot and run when you said you weren't going to run. Second, don't trust Ross Perot.

37 posted on 07/11/2006 8:19:32 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: Mikey_1962

38 posted on 07/11/2006 8:22:55 AM PDT by edzo4
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To: Dominic Harr
Oh please oh please oh please. I *pray* they go for this as an issue. It's so easy to slam dunk.

If the Democrats pick this issue, I have no doubt that the Republicans will rise to the challenge of missing the slam dunk shot anyway.

Republicans will agree that human-induced global warming is a reality, and then will focus on competing with Democrats over how best to grandstand by claiming a solution (that will not work).

39 posted on 07/11/2006 8:23:37 AM PDT by Maceman (This is America. Why must we press "1" for English?)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
Democrats should perform well in November if they focus on issues like climate change

Talk about a weak strategy. Ask any pollster, no one votes on this issue -- no one.

40 posted on 07/11/2006 8:24:58 AM PDT by The Old Hoosier (Right makes might.)
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To: Maceman
Republicans will agree that human-induced global warming is a reality, and then will focus on competing with Democrats over how best to grandstand by claiming a solution (that will not work).

Oh, man, I'm sure you're right!

41 posted on 07/11/2006 8:26:56 AM PDT by Dominic Harr (Conservative = Careful, as in 'Conservative with money')
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To: massgopguy; Jameison
From Bob Novak

Lindsey Graham uses a metaphor from the links to describe his political discomfort. His fellow Republicans remind him of a tournament golfer who ignores the leader board and thinks he is ahead going into the 17th and 18th holes, when he really is trailing.

"It's like we think we'll get by with pars on the last two holes when we really need birdies," Graham told me. He referred to the 2006 mid-term election, where he sees a real danger of Republicans losing control of both houses in Congress for the first time since the 1992 elections. Such foreboding reflects Graham's fear that demographic changes in America will extend beyond this year's elections and return the Republican Party to minority status.

Graham's remedy to avert short-term and long-term disaster: return to fiscal integrity by seriously cutting spending -- clean up entitlements, develop sane environmental and immigration policies .....necessary for the party's health .... find little GOP support on Capitol Hill and only mixed backing at the White House.

It is not merely lack of enthusiasm for Graham's agenda. Since talking to the senator, (Novak talking)I have tested his theories with a dozen prominent Republicans.

All feel the tide has turned for them in the last month.

Each of them says the American voter will stick with the Republicans after taking a good look at Democrats, a mind-set that often is a precursor of defeat. To follow Graham's metaphor, perhaps they are not reading the real leader board of American politics.

Republicans surely seem to need some birdies to keep Senate seats in 2006. Rick Santorum remains far behind in Pennsylvania. Conrad Burns is in trouble in Montana. Jim Talent trails in Missouri. Mike DeWine is threatened by a noxious Republican atmosphere in Ohio. Lincoln Chafee is endangered in Democratic Rhode Island. Jon Kyl faces a surprisingly tough race in Arizona. Despite excellent candidates in Minnesota and Washington state, no Republican challenging for a Democratic-held Senate seat is in the lead. Thus, a six-seat takeover capturing the Senate is possible.

This is of special concern for Republicans because the third of Senate seats contested in 2006 is more favorable to their party than what will follow. The long-term outlook troubles Graham, who sees a bleak GOP outlook north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins in Maine and Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania may be the last Republican senators from their states. The rising Hispanic-American population not only has transformed California into a Democratic state; freshman Democratic Sen. Ken Salazar looks like the new political face of Colorado, and Arizona is no longer safe for Kyl conservatives.

These demographic changes suggest an end to the gradual political realignment that began in the late '60s and produced consistent electoral success for Republicans. As a South Carolinian, Graham must worry about his party suffering the fate of Democrats in the 1920s. Democrats elected only 20 House members and won no presidential electoral votes outside southern and border states in 1920.

Accordingly, Graham is one conservative Republican who supports President Bush on immigration. He and Bush advisers agree that the immigration hard line may alienate the Hispanic vote with disastrous consequences. But Graham has little backing at the White House for a softened party line on global warming and entitlement reform that includes greater contributions by upper-income Americans.

Graham sees the highest Republican priority as controlling federal spending. He proposes renewing the campaign for a constitutional amendment mandating a balanced budget, backed up by self-restraint on earmarks. That agenda evokes limited applause in party circles. Sophisticates in Washington roll their eyes over constitutional limits on spending. Senators John McCain and Tom Coburn have not made friends by fighting earmarks. After all, why should Republicans clap if they think they are ahead going into the last two holes?

OK to have a few laughs at Bubba's expense entre nous, but he is one smart politico. Bubba is shoring up the base right now and I would take him very very seriously ... not to say the GOP should follow his lead. But dammit, I don't think we look at all good in the coming election. Whatever the GOP is going to do, (and I would love to know) they had better start doing, or GW is going to be one very lame duck indeed.

42 posted on 07/11/2006 8:27:11 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (( Vote Fraud: The Democrats' Secret Weapon .... Well, secret to the RNC, anyway.))
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To: Dominic Harr

The truth is there's very little the Democrats can bring up without splitting their party.


43 posted on 07/11/2006 8:31:40 AM PDT by kjo
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To: kjo
The truth is there's very little the Democrats can bring up without splitting their party.

I agree.

I think the truth is, the 'moderates' have abandoned both parties as regular members. The moderates will still vote at election time, but they don't really vote in primaries or participate in party building between elections.

Which leaves only the fringe Ls as the basis of the D party. And to please them, you gotta pretend to believe some crazy stuff! Which will kill them come time for the general election.

44 posted on 07/11/2006 8:34:15 AM PDT by Dominic Harr (Conservative = Careful, as in 'Conservative with money')
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To: Dominic Harr; massgopguy; Jameison; Maceman
How about using the "silliness approach.

E.G. "You know Al Gore, in addition to inventing the internet also forced the low volume flush toilet through the Senate. It's a typical Democrat solution in that it now takes 25 gallons of our precious water resources to accomplish what 7 gallons used to do.

BTW, the Democrat/Green Loony Left Solution to the problem their stupidity and political correctness caused?

DON'T FLUSH UNTIL EVERYBODY'S DONE!

Or how about the switch from R-12, to R-134 Refrigerant in Automotive AC. It's 30% less efficient, thus requires larger components, is prone to leakage, is explosive, corrosive ... and worst of all, the "hole in the ozone layer" pseudo-science that the switch was based on turns out NOT TO EXIST.

Ducks suffering from lead poisoning, ethanol fuels, special gasolines, etc ad inf. All based on bullsheep science .... all costing us billions. Even the damned glue used to hold the heat tiles on the shuttle was changed because of environmental regulations ... and now the tiles fall off!

Jeez, Attack, Attack. Attack! Remember the Dems always have a head start, and they always have fraud going for them in the close ones! 50+% of the American public simply cannot be too stupid to understand, if we tell it right.

45 posted on 07/11/2006 8:42:04 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (( Vote Fraud: The Democrats' Secret Weapon .... Well, secret to the RNC, anyway.))
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To: Kenny Bunk
I stopped reading Bob Noecak over a year ago.
He has no idea what he's talking about.
Plus I consider him even more weaselly than Jacques Chirac.
Plus I am still not satisfied with exactly what role he played in the Plame affair.

I'll take just one point of his from that article:

"Despite excellent candidates in Minnesota and Washington state, no Republican challenging for a Democratic-held Senate seat is in the lead"


Wrong.
Off the top of my head, we have Republican Tom Kean in New Jersey, right next door, who has been in the lead for US Senate for months, in a RATS state, with RATS incumbent.

"OK to have a few laughs at Bubba's expense entre nous, but he is one smart politico. Bubba is shoring up the base right now and I would take him very very seriously ..."


Why should I?
BJ Klinton never managed to win a majority of any presidential election he stood for.
He has Ross Perot to thank for being president.
He also confidently predicted Jeb Bush was going to lose when he went there to campaign for the RATS in 2002.
Jeb won easily.
46 posted on 07/11/2006 8:52:38 AM PDT by Jameison
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

OH PUHLEASE.....I hope they all take this advice!


47 posted on 07/11/2006 9:20:29 AM PDT by docman57 (Retired but still on Duty)
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To: Kenny Bunk

The election campaigns really don't start until after Labor Day.


48 posted on 07/11/2006 9:25:20 AM PDT by kabar
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

Compared to the Democrats' platform of "climate change"????

LOLOL!!!


49 posted on 07/11/2006 9:53:01 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: kabar; Jameison
election campaigns really don't start until after Labor Day.

This is the crucial "marketing" period for the election, during which directions and major themes are tested and established. It's just like a retail establishment: now is Christmas. The Back-to-School ads are getting ready to go in the can, the media buy is ready to go.

It is also a period in which the Democrats, who IMHO, are always better at this, have a thousand different weasels out there following coherent scripts, establishing directions and themes. We are lucky they haven't hit on a big winner yet, but they certainly seem to have a lot of little ones!

So far, the GOP is telling itself:
"Any fool can see the Democrats are complete and traitorous weasels, loony-left green maniacs. Why, see here, no sane person could possibly vote for them!"
This ain't a winning strategy. (One really cannot count on analytical intelligence among one's audience, especially if one is leaving it up to them to get the data one might already have. One has to show them.)

Novak, who ain't my cuppa tea neither, is giving a platform to Lindsey Graham, to whom I think it is worth listening, and with whom I largely agree as to the attitude of the Republicans.

Hey, I hope I am dead wrong on this. But I am very nervous about the Democrats taking over the house and Senate when this country is at war, and in danger.

50 posted on 07/11/2006 9:53:42 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (( Vote Fraud: The Democrats' Secret Weapon .... Well, secret to the RNC, anyway.))
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