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Statement by the President: "... I will sign (CFR) into law."
Office of the Press Secretary ^ | March 20, 2002 | George W. Bush

Posted on 03/20/2002 4:33:41 PM PST by erk

The White House, President George W. Bush

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
March 20, 2002

Statement by the President

Like many Republicans and Democrats in the Congress, I support common-sense reforms to end abuses in our campaign finance system.  The reforms passed today, while flawed in some areas, still improve the current system overall, and I will sign them into law.

The legislation makes some important progress on the timeliness of disclosure, individual contribution limits, and banning soft money from corporations and labor unions, but it does present some legitimate constitutional questions.  I continue to believe the best reform is full and timely disclosure of campaign contributions.

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KEYWORDS: bush; cfr; cfrlist; silenceamerica
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1 posted on 03/20/2002 4:33:41 PM PST by erk
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To: erk
I am sick to my stomach. I can't believe he's throwing away all the integrity I thought he had.
3 posted on 03/20/2002 4:37:14 PM PST by mombonn
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To: Bruce Leroy
Dittos! I just read about it on Limbaugh's site. I am very angry at Dubya!
4 posted on 03/20/2002 4:38:14 PM PST by the Deejay
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To: erk
This is pure politics. He must know it will fail in the courts. But he goes on record as being for 'reform', without having to actually live under the law. That's my theory, anyway.
5 posted on 03/20/2002 4:39:08 PM PST by TrappedInLiberalHell
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To: erk
really dumb George,send it back and make them fix it!
6 posted on 03/20/2002 4:39:37 PM PST by linn37
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To: erk
Do you prefer the Checker (R) cab ride or the Yellow (D) cab ride to hell.
7 posted on 03/20/2002 4:39:37 PM PST by FSPress
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To: erk
On a scale of 1 to 10, Dubya is making a 11 in mistakes.
8 posted on 03/20/2002 4:41:03 PM PST by ICE-FLYER
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To: TrappedInLiberalHell
He has no stones to stand for what is constitutional!
9 posted on 03/20/2002 4:41:06 PM PST by FSPress
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To: erk
Watch Bush's approval ratings from this point forward.

There are a number of things conservatives can overlook, but criminalizing free speech isn't on the list.

10 posted on 03/20/2002 4:41:21 PM PST by Interesting Times
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To: linn37
and another damn thing I don't want to hear his crap about protecting the rights of the executive office if he won't protect the rights of the first amendment.
11 posted on 03/20/2002 4:41:36 PM PST by linn37
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To: erk
"...but it does present some legitimate constitutional questions..."

He's expecting the SCOTUS to sort those out and dump them in order to retain the few good items.

12 posted on 03/20/2002 4:43:22 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: erk
Damn him. Just another low life politician who doesn't give a rat's butt about the constitution or the U.S. It's all about getting and keeping power.

And I'm sick of hearing "don't worry the Supreme Court will take care of the unconstitutional parts." As president, Bush is in violation of his oath of office when he knowingly signs an unconstitutional bill.

15 posted on 03/20/2002 4:45:02 PM PST by NEPA
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To: anniegetyourgun
He has to let the SCOTUS do the heavy lifting!
16 posted on 03/20/2002 4:46:03 PM PST by FSPress
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To: erk
How many amendments do you guys still have down there anyways?
17 posted on 03/20/2002 4:46:21 PM PST by jodorowsky
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To: erk
Well, it's time for me to move to New Zealand. Because CHICKEN$HIT, GUTLESS, HALFA$$ pseudo-conservative voters will go totally overboard about this and W will be out of office in '04, leaving us ripe for Evil Party domination. Why even give a damn anymore?
19 posted on 03/20/2002 4:47:21 PM PST by roachie
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To: NEPA
"And I'm sick of hearing "don't worry the Supreme Court will take care of the unconstitutional parts."

Yeah, right after they "fix" the 2nd amendment and the Brady Bill!
20 posted on 03/20/2002 4:48:38 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: Interesting Times
There are a number of things conservatives can overlook, but criminalizing free speech isn't on the list.

Bush won't lose two points in the polls. In terms of hard money, the GOP will make out like bandits with this bill.

22 posted on 03/20/2002 4:50:06 PM PST by sinkspur
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To: linn37
really dumb George,send it back and make them fix it!

Although I am disappointed, if he is going to sign any version of it, I want it to be the worst, so it has the best chance to get shot down by SCOTUS

24 posted on 03/20/2002 4:50:47 PM PST by Texaggie79
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To: anniegetyourgun
He's expecting the SCOTUS to sort those out and dump them in order to retain the few good items.

So he's putting his signature on a bill that he knows is unconstitutional.

If I wanted that kind of integrity, I could have voted for Gore.

25 posted on 03/20/2002 4:50:57 PM PST by dead
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To: anniegetyourgun
Just remember the the 16th amendment was suppose to be unconstitutional.

The second bush same as the first bush and clintoon.

26 posted on 03/20/2002 4:51:25 PM PST by dts32041
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To: sinkspur
Bush won't lose two points in the polls. In terms of hard money, the GOP will make out like bandits with this bill.

Watch and learn.

27 posted on 03/20/2002 4:51:25 PM PST by Interesting Times
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To: roachie
Let me see if I understand this. The question is, do you want to be on the top or the bottom, not whether you have a choice in the matter.
28 posted on 03/20/2002 4:52:08 PM PST by FSPress
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To: sinkspur
In terms of hard money, the incumbents will make out like bandits with this bill.
29 posted on 03/20/2002 4:52:29 PM PST by Ragin1
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To: erk,Jim Robinson; agitator; Bob J; diotima; IronJack; Congressman Billybob; SUSSA; The Shrew...
ALERT
Statement by the President

Like many Republicans and Democrats in the Congress, I support common-sense reforms to end abuses in our campaign finance system. The reforms passed today, while flawed in some areas, still improve the current system overall, and I will sign them into law.
30 posted on 03/20/2002 4:53:09 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: mombonn
I can't believe he's throwing away all the integrity I thought he had.

Ditto!!!

31 posted on 03/20/2002 4:53:17 PM PST by jackbill
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To: erk
U.S. Constitution, Article VI:

"... all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution"

32 posted on 03/20/2002 4:53:47 PM PST by Polonius
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To: erk
I have to eat my words.

Before the election I was predicting that Bush would use gun owners as a bone to throw to the Libs.

I was only off by one amendment.

If anyone still has doubts...

33 posted on 03/20/2002 4:54:34 PM PST by Eagle Eye
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To: erk
Someone is giving the President some very bad advice on many dometic issues, IMO.

I really thought he would veto this bill and nail the opposition for stomping on the First Amendment. He could have used a veto speech with devastating effect.

He was foolish to listen to whoever it was that advised this action.

34 posted on 03/20/2002 4:55:21 PM PST by Ken H
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub;Jim Robinson
Well if true, what next?
35 posted on 03/20/2002 4:56:11 PM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: linn37
I agree it is dumb but if they lrt the courts fix it it will stay fixed i hope
36 posted on 03/20/2002 4:56:18 PM PST by solo gringo
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To: erk
I will vote for the constitution party or stay home next time this guy needs my vote. Oh...and no more money for him or his gutless pubbie buddies.
37 posted on 03/20/2002 4:56:58 PM PST by joeyman
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To: all
Well George...you just blew it for the STUPID party! So glad I voted for Pat Buchanan. I'm betting some of you on here probably wish that you did also!
38 posted on 03/20/2002 4:57:08 PM PST by VAwireguy
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To: erk
BBBBBBBBBBBBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
39 posted on 03/20/2002 4:57:11 PM PST by cactmh
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To: Registered
Bad news!
40 posted on 03/20/2002 4:57:18 PM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: *CFR list;*Silence, America!
Check the Bump List folders for articles related to and descriptions of the above topic(s) or for other topics of interest.
41 posted on 03/20/2002 4:57:34 PM PST by Free the USA
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To: TrappedInLiberalHell
This is pure politics. He must know it will fail in the courts. But he goes on record as being for 'reform', without having to actually live under the law. That's my theory, anyway.

I hope you're wrong, that would make W no better or differant then clinton, a common liar.

Mark

42 posted on 03/20/2002 4:57:56 PM PST by Alas
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To: VAwireguy
I don't wish I had voted for P.B. What good would that have done?
43 posted on 03/20/2002 4:58:20 PM PST by cactmh
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To: erk
You forgot the BARF ALERT!
44 posted on 03/20/2002 4:58:28 PM PST by Luke FReeman
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To: erk
I've lost a lot of faith in the President with this decision, as well as the amnesty issue. He doesn't use the bully pulpit to refute crappy legislation, capitulates constantly, and sells out the Republican Party regularly.
45 posted on 03/20/2002 4:58:45 PM PST by Conservative til I die
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To: erk
I doubt that it will do any good but vote.com is taking a poll on whether Bush should sign it.

Should Bush sign CFR

46 posted on 03/20/2002 4:59:17 PM PST by dalereed
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To: erk
But he didn't say he would enforce the unconstitutional parts did he ?
47 posted on 03/20/2002 4:59:18 PM PST by VRWC_minion
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To: erk
The only other father/son presidents the U.S. ever had were both one-termers. Told my wife when this CFR bill got hot n heavy, that if W signed it, he would be a one term president like his dad.

Have not read the bill and thus can't comment on its merits. But good or bad, it looks to me like W can't win. If he vetoed it, the press would kill him. On the other hand, if he signs it, large part of his supporters desert.

Decisions like this are the main reason I never ran for president (in my dreams!).

48 posted on 03/20/2002 4:59:23 PM PST by Don Carlos
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To: Interesting Times
Watch and learn.

Wanna bet?

49 posted on 03/20/2002 4:59:44 PM PST by sinkspur
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To: TLBSHOW; CongressmanBillybob
So, is Bush going to actually say this on camera. I want to see his face when he signs on to trashing the First Amendment!!!
50 posted on 03/20/2002 4:59:48 PM PST by dittomom
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