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Cheney offers to bet on congressional Republicans
Reuters ^ | 9/11/06

Posted on 09/11/2006 6:10:16 AM PDT by presidio9

Vice President Dick Cheney said on Sunday he expects fellow Republicans to rally and keep control of Congress in the November 7 election -- and offered to bet on it.

Although polls show unhappy voters may turn over the U.S. House of Representatives and possibly the Senate to Democrats, Cheney said: "I think we're doing very well out there."

Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," Cheney told moderator Tim Russert, "I'll even bet you a dinner that we hold both houses."

"I don't bet," replied Russert.

Cheney was questioned about the election, which will determine whether President George W. Bush will still have a Congress controlled by his fellow Republicans during his final two years in office.

Cheney said the administration does not fear that it would face tougher congressional scrutiny of the Iraq war and other matters if Democrats win control of the House or Senate.

"We have had oversight all along," said Cheney, rejecting Democratic complaints that Republicans have failed to hold the administration accountable.

The Washington Post reported on Sunday that Republicans intend to spend the vast majority of their financial war chest in the next two months on negative ads.

"I hope our guys have good hard-hitting advertisements," Cheney said when asked about the report. "Certainly the opposition does."

"Just think about what's at stake in this election in terms of national security and the global war on terror," Cheney said.

Democrats have accused Republicans of trying to scare the public into voting to keep them in charge of Congress, and say Democrats could better protect America.

"They (Republicans) think they can't win the elections unless they talk about terrorism all the time," Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean told "Fox News Sunday."

"We think we ought to talk about a new direction for the country," said Dean, whose party's campaign platform includes upgrading health care and education while also increasing anti-terrorism efforts.

Sen. John Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat whom Bush defeated in the 2004 presidential election, said Republicans have no advantage on national security.

"They've been incompetent," Kerry told CNN's "Late Edition." "... We can do better."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 109th; 2006; cheney

1 posted on 09/11/2006 6:10:17 AM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9

DIEBOLD!!!!!! ;)


2 posted on 09/11/2006 6:11:13 AM PDT by Hydroshock ( (Proverbs 22:7). The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.)
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To: presidio9

Are Republicans dissappointed in the representatives we elected to the House and Sanate? Damned right we are.

We are very dissappointed, but we arent going to cut off our noses to spite our face.

Certainly many people we elected suck, but when compared to the alternative, they shine like a briliant light.


3 posted on 09/11/2006 6:13:35 AM PDT by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: presidio9
I love Cheney, but couldn't muster the will to watch lefty tater head Russert yesterday. Sounds like Cheney was his usual intellectual self and Tim was his usual hemorrhoid self.
4 posted on 09/11/2006 6:15:07 AM PDT by demkicker (democrats and terrorists are intimate bedfellows)
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To: presidio9
Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean told "Fox News Sunday."

Howard Dean also outted Valerie Plame as a CIA operative. I demand investigations.

5 posted on 09/11/2006 6:15:36 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: presidio9

http://www.tradesports.com


6 posted on 09/11/2006 6:16:22 AM PDT by aynrandfreak (The Left hates America)
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To: presidio9

I couldn't sleep last night and I got up and found "Meet the Depressed" on at midnight. Tim was so red-faced, so intent in his questioning I thought he might bust a gut! I think he thought he was still residing at that Demonrat rally on MSNBC last week! He was out for blood and I commend Vice President Cheney for his grace and calm during this "hit".


7 posted on 09/11/2006 6:16:39 AM PDT by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: presidio9

""I don't bet," replied Russert."

(unless it's a sure thing)


8 posted on 09/11/2006 6:16:57 AM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0
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To: demkicker
Tim was his usual hemorrhoid self.

He was exactly that. Your description is well worded.

9 posted on 09/11/2006 6:17:09 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: presidio9
Sen. John Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat whom Bush defeated in the 2004 presidential election, said Republicans have no advantage on national security. "They've been incompetent," Kerry told CNN's "Late Edition." "... We can do better."

Hah! Do WHAT better? The Democrats can't even figure out what their priorites for national security are. Aids? Global Warming? More federal money for cities? Maybe Kerry will roll out his secret plan soon.

10 posted on 09/11/2006 6:17:52 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: presidio9
"I don't bet," replied Russert.

Sure you do, Tim. You bet every day that you're on the right side. And that sooner or later your tenacity will pay off.

11 posted on 09/11/2006 6:18:21 AM PDT by small voice in the wilderness
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To: Hydroshock
"They (Republicans) think they can't win the elections unless they talk about terrorism all the time," Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean told "Fox News Sunday."

Is the genius doctor suggesting the Republicans talk about something that would make them lose elections?

12 posted on 09/11/2006 6:18:35 AM PDT by IamConservative (Humility is not thinking less of oneself; humility is thinking about oneself less.)
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To: presidio9
"I don't bet," replied Russert.

"I lie, get drunk, falsely accuse, deceive and overeat, but betting, thats where I draw the line."

13 posted on 09/11/2006 6:19:29 AM PDT by nativist (Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting, but never hit soft.)
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To: sgtbono2002
Certainly many people we elected suck, but when compared to the alternative, they shine like a briliant light.

Congress is one thing, but lately a lot of armchair quarterbacking goes on around here when it comes to Bush. Up until September of 2001, I was disappointed in the man. For example, I thought he should of told them to stick it, instead of apologizing for allowing our slower flying reconnizance plane to get rammed by ony of their fighter jets in international airspace. Five years ago today, he was instantly transforrmed. I wouldn't want to have to make most of the decisions that he has been forced to, but I have rarely found it hard to disagree with a single one of them.

14 posted on 09/11/2006 6:20:04 AM PDT by presidio9 (“The term ‘civilians’ does not exist in Islamic religious law.”)
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To: Rb ver. 2.0

My mom, a dyed in the wool democrat, even acknowledges that the Dems are weak on national security. john Kerry states, we can do better, of course we can, but not with his party.


15 posted on 09/11/2006 6:20:13 AM PDT by sachem longrifle (proud member of the fond Du lac band of the Ojibwa people)
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To: presidio9
on security.."They've been incompetent," Kerry told CNN's "Late Edition." "... We can do better."

How can anyone possibly explain that statement? Show me the wreckage from all the terrorist attacks since 9/11, then we'll talk.

16 posted on 09/11/2006 6:21:49 AM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: presidio9
The Washington Post reported on Sunday that Republicans intend to spend the vast majority of their financial war chest in the next two months on negative ads. "I hope our guys have good hard-hitting advertisements," Cheney said when asked about the report. "Certainly the opposition does."

"Just think about what's at stake in this election in terms of national security and the global war on terror," Cheney said.

I love Dick Cheney! How I wish he would run for president in '08.

Democrats have accused Republicans of trying to scare the public into voting to keep them in charge of Congress, and say Democrats could better protect America.

"They (Republicans) think they can't win the elections unless they talk about terrorism all the time," Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean told "Fox News Sunday."

I'm speechless.

17 posted on 09/11/2006 6:22:21 AM PDT by alnick
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To: laotzu

Please tell me more! Did Cheney man handle the tater head? Did he get Timmy to turn beet red like he does when he gets mad? I've yet to see anyone get the best of Cheney and they usually come off looking the fool if they try.


18 posted on 09/11/2006 6:23:35 AM PDT by demkicker (democrats and terrorists are intimate bedfellows)
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To: presidio9
Cheney more than held his own with Russert yesterday on every level.

My favorite exchange was when Cheney was asked whether he still went hunting. After some back and forth, Russert asked him if he brought his shotgun to the interview...

Paraphrasing Russert: "Do I need to be concerned you'll shoot me?"

Cheney: {pause} No, you're not in season...

19 posted on 09/11/2006 6:26:41 AM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu l’aidera)
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To: demkicker
Please tell me more! Did Cheney man handle the tater head? Did he get Timmy to turn beet red like he does when he gets mad?

I think you'll enjoy post 7.

I've yet to see anyone get the best of Cheney and they usually come off looking the fool if they try.

John Edwards comes to mind. LOL.

20 posted on 09/11/2006 6:28:57 AM PDT by alnick
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To: nativist
Russert couldn't even look at Cheney forthrightly when he said he does not bet. He looked down and away. I could swear I've heard him cast several friendly wagers - mostly about his Buff Bills, or the SuperBowl, or the Boston Eagles, or whomever-- over the years.

The point is he attempts to be such a regular, jovial guy, but wow he went stone cold on that offer from Cheney. Perhaps he didn't like the odds. Or couldn't seen to be having fun with one of the eeeeeevils.

21 posted on 09/11/2006 6:29:16 AM PDT by chiller (every time we call MSM "mainstream" we confirm their status. "Drive-by" is working nicely.)
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To: BallyBill
"... We can do better."

This guy can afford a new speech writer, can't he? Coming from the do-nothing Senator, they resonate about as much as they did when he used them in every single performance four years ago.

He was in Vietnam though. Did you know that?

22 posted on 09/11/2006 6:29:49 AM PDT by presidio9 (“The term ‘civilians’ does not exist in Islamic religious law.”)
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To: presidio9
Funny how John F'n Kerry says the Democrats are better on terrorism but his party chair says the Republicans win by talking about terrorism all the time.

Cheney's "wanna bet" is the perfect argument ender for all of us when confronted with liberal nonsense.

Net: Put your money where your mouth is or STFU.
23 posted on 09/11/2006 6:32:00 AM PDT by Dilbert56
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To: alnick

Thanks! :-)


24 posted on 09/11/2006 6:37:42 AM PDT by demkicker (democrats and terrorists are intimate bedfellows)
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To: sgtbono2002
You nailed it.
After the movie on ABC last night how anyone who saw it and loves America could vote for the chicken livered, terrorist loving, surrendering, freedom hating,lieing, liberal Dems they have sent to Washington is like trying to understand a suicide.
25 posted on 09/11/2006 6:38:26 AM PDT by Big Horn (The senate is loaded with scum-baggers)
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To: sgtbono2002

A loud AMEN to your post 3!!!

I am in total agreement!
It's what elections are all about!

Vote them in, vote them out.
Stick to party principle and don't back down.
Because our principles are GOOD.
That's what makes us a better party than the liberals.

Their principles are bad. Wrong. Against American interests.
Reeks of socialism. Has the earmarks of unholiness.

Have convictions! Don't waver. Keep your chin up.
Stay positive and get away from the negative mess that seeks to make you doubt!
And above all, remain true to America and her values.
Then vote Republican!!!


26 posted on 09/11/2006 6:40:22 AM PDT by LadyPilgrim ((Sealed my Pardon with HIS BLOOD!!! Hallelujah!!! What a Savior))
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To: Dawgreg

Thanks for the report. I was sorry to have missed Cheney, but knew he'd do well against tater head.


27 posted on 09/11/2006 6:41:11 AM PDT by demkicker (democrats and terrorists are intimate bedfellows)
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To: presidio9

Polls, polls, polls!! At least 3 times Russert pulled out polls. He is so lazy. Poll analysis is a cop out for a "journalist" (I use the word lightly) so he won't have to do some real work. Pathetic.


28 posted on 09/11/2006 6:44:47 AM PDT by fschmieg
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To: presidio9
Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," Cheney told moderator Tim Russert, "I'll even bet you a dinner that we hold both houses."

Well, the last time Cheney made a prediction was the margin G.W.B. and himself would win re-election. He was pretty close.

Anyway, yeah, I've never predicted they'd lose the houses...though had they passed amnesty we'd see....I'm one of the many Freepers that voted in the FR poll they would lose neither this fall so Cheney and I agree on this one.

That doesn't mean I'm invested in protecting RINO's though. They can lose. But I am countering by supporting conservative challengers elsewhere.

29 posted on 09/11/2006 6:46:24 AM PDT by Soul Seeker (Kobach: Amnesty is going from an illegal to a legal position, without imposing the original penalty.)
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To: presidio9

Sorry, Russert, we are not buying your MSM tripe anymore. When a Democrat (Corzine) wants to bet, Russert is all nicey nicey. Read below:


http://72.14.221.104/search?q=cache:HeC0y1v4mGMJ:www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5772535/+russert+wager&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=9

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5772535/

Transcript for August 22
Guests: Sen. George Allen, R-VA, Chairman, National Republican Senatorial Committee; Sen. Jon Corzine, D-NJ; Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee; Tad Devine, Senior Adviser, Kerry-Edwards '04; Ken Mehlman, Campaign Manager, Bush-Cheney '04.

http://72.14.221.104/id/5772535/from/ET/

MR. RUSSERT: But bottom line, there are 48 Democratic senators now. How many will there be in January of '05?

SEN. CORZINE: Fifty-one.

MR. RUSSERT: You have 51 Republicans now. How many in January '05?

SEN. ALLEN: Well, we're up by an extra point now and I think we'll be up by at least a field goal afterwards because I think they're quality candidates with messages and values that resonate with the people in those states and I think they want to see pos...

MR. RUSSERT: So what's your number?

SEN. ALLEN: Our number, 54.

MR. RUSSERT: Fifty-four. You say 51.

SEN. CORZINE: I'd like to take a little bet on that one. You need to...

SEN. ALLEN: No, you ought to look at the reality.

MR. RUSSERT: How about a wager for the Boys and Girls Club?

SEN. ALLEN: Fine.

MR. RUSSERT: All right. We'll settle the amount after the show. We're saving the tape.

SEN. CORZINE: After the show.

MR. RUSSERT: Senator Corzine, Senator Allen. We'll be right back.


30 posted on 09/11/2006 6:49:08 AM PDT by Notwithstanding (OEF vet says: I love my German shepherd - Benedict XVI reigns!)
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To: Dawgreg
I couldn't sleep last night and I got up and found "Meet the Depressed" on at midnight.

I couldn't sleep either, but I watched Ted Koppel's new show on the Discovery Channel instead. The first episode was about the cost of freedom, and it typically focused on wiretapping and Abu Graib. It gave me stomach cramps, and then I REALLY couldn't sleep.

31 posted on 09/11/2006 6:53:42 AM PDT by presidio9 (“The term ‘civilians’ does not exist in Islamic religious law.”)
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To: fschmieg

Cheney showed the patience and forbearance of a saint. After the interview he went back to thinking about today instead of rehashing the issues of three years ago. Do they really pay Russert the big bucks to stay stuck on stupid?


32 posted on 09/11/2006 6:54:25 AM PDT by ClaireSolt (Have you have gotten mixed up in a mish-masher?)
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To: BallyBill

***"They've been incompetent," Kerry told CNN's "Late Edition." "... We can do better."****

How can anyone be more incompetent than Bill Clinton. The man hit the Chinese Embassy with a missile. In fact thats about the only thing he hit other than some empty tents in the desert. he never found anyone guilty of hitting the USS Cole after promising us he would. Is that incompetence?

We can do better? The only thing the Democrats do better is at appeasement.

One of the greatest thing wrongs with the Democrats is that they actually believe the United States is a bully. That we pick on small countries.

They are too stupid to realise we are the big brother that runs the bullies off from picking on our smaller sibling.
Without the United States Israel would cease to exist.
Without the United States Islam would rule the world in the next 25 years.

It isnt easy to see a coward being picked on,and to step in on the side of that coward and tell others to leave them alone, but its what the United States does,Its what Australia and Britain have been helping us to do.

Just like in the playground , when it happens, the coward doesnt thank the ones that help them, they slink away ashamed of themselves and hating the ones who helped them because they were inadequate.


33 posted on 09/11/2006 6:58:38 AM PDT by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: sgtbono2002
Are Republicans dissappointed in the representatives we elected to the House and Sanate? Damned right we are. We are very dissappointed, but we arent going to cut off our noses to spite our face. Certainly many people we elected suck, but when compared to the alternative, they shine like a briliant light.

Now that is a good and accurate perspective..we gotta get out and vote to avoid the RATS taking over. Besides wouldn't it be hysterical to watch Howard Dean and his fellow RATS squirm if the GOP could pick up some seats! Now that would be great!

34 posted on 09/11/2006 7:10:09 AM PDT by democrats_nightmare
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To: presidio9
Kerry told CNN's "Late Edition." "... We can do better."

Hmmmmm. Is it just me or does that sound like a familiar sound bite from the '04 Presidential Election?

Hey, John, America didn't buy that two years ago and they won't buy it today.
35 posted on 09/11/2006 7:14:54 AM PDT by no dems ("25 homicides a day committed by Illegals" Ted Poe (R-TX) Houston Hearings 8/16/06)
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To: Notwithstanding

Well he could say it wasn't him betting but it seems he likes to play pit boss on occasion. :) I wonder if Corzine paid off? One of the few times his money may have done some good.


36 posted on 09/11/2006 7:22:23 AM PDT by xp38
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To: presidio9

That edition of Meet the Press was not an interview...it was a debate. Every single answer that the VP provided was met with "but..." from Russert. And then Russert provided the viewpoint of the NY Times, the Democrat National Committee, and the kook fringe left.

I don't know why Republicans go on these shows. And if they do appear, they ought to be pugnacious and combative with the partisan, dogged Democrat "interviewers."


37 posted on 09/11/2006 7:25:37 AM PDT by carrier-aviator
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To: chiller
I Yahoo searched Russert+Buffalo Bills+bet and found this on 9news.com

At the close of the debate, host Tim Russert held up a Buffalo Bills jersey and wagered the two candidates that his team would beat the Denver Broncos Sunday. Allard, who brought a Broncos jersey, accepted the bet and Strickland invited Russert to watch the Broncos win the Super Bowl. Denver won Sunday's game, 28-23.

38 posted on 09/11/2006 7:46:41 AM PDT by nativist (Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting, but never hit soft.)
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To: demkicker

ROTFLMBO! Taterhead, now that fits!


39 posted on 09/11/2006 7:57:07 AM PDT by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: presidio9

Dang presidio! I shoulda watched Ted instead. He can put me to sleep in no time......oh well.:)


40 posted on 09/11/2006 7:58:18 AM PDT by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: presidio9

Remember the last big prediction the VP made in the weeks before the 2001 inauguration: He said we were on the front edge of a recession. He was right. I have my problems with him, but the man is not stupid.


41 posted on 09/11/2006 8:55:47 AM PDT by quesney
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To: aynrandfreak
Freak, Tradepsorts is a amateur Costa rican off shore site that has been manipulated by emotional investors.

1. On election Day 2004 after Bogus Exit polls had Bush plunging from 50% to 10% within an Hours.

2.Obrador was 65% favorite on election Eve in the MEX elections.

Kaine wasa 35% underdog a week before the VA 2005 election.
42 posted on 09/11/2006 11:05:48 AM PDT by Welike ike
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To: demkicker

Here is a good betting Line:

Who do you believe?

1 Cheney- 99%

2. Sabato(President Kerry?) .025%
3. C.Cook (Dems will win back House 2000, 2002) .025%
4. Stuie Rothenberg(Too easy) .025%
5. Zogby (Kerry 330 electoral Votes).025%


43 posted on 09/11/2006 11:12:32 AM PDT by Welike ike
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To: Welike ike

The point is that it's a place where Cheney could go to bet on whether the GOP will retain control of Congress.


44 posted on 09/11/2006 11:15:56 AM PDT by aynrandfreak (The Left hates America)
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To: aynrandfreak

I think cheney is betting on Karl Rove to do his usual magic. Who would you bet on before an election?

Karl Rove is the NY Yankees of Politics and Botox Nancy Pelosi is the Kansas City Royals.


45 posted on 09/11/2006 11:38:48 AM PDT by Welike ike
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To: sgtbono2002
How can anyone be more incompetent than Bill Clinton.

Jimmy Carter?

46 posted on 09/11/2006 11:48:42 AM PDT by bankwalker (An accusation is often a subconscious confession.)
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To: aynrandfreak
Cheney could bet at http://Tradesports.com if he wanted too, but he is too smart to bet at a sucker offshore site, so he would probably bet with Biden or Jay Rockefeller.

Not that I care but the House GOP contract has gone up to 45% from 35% last week. So the comments by the Philly Inquirer and NY Times that the House DEMS are fading is manipulating the market.
47 posted on 09/11/2006 1:41:57 PM PDT by Welike ike
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To: Welike ike
Would Biden or Rockefeller give him 5-4 odds on his money? There was probably some movement because of Cheney's comments.
48 posted on 09/11/2006 3:33:40 PM PDT by aynrandfreak (The Left hates America)
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To: nativist

Good catch and thanks. I suspected he was lying through
his teeth.


49 posted on 09/17/2006 6:10:44 AM PDT by chiller (every time we call MSM "mainstream" we confirm their status. "Drive-by" is working nicely.)
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