posted on Aug, 23 2004 @ 04:41 PM
Bush calls for halt to Swift Boat vets' ads
‘I think they’re bad for the system,' president says
Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP
The president, center, was meeting at his Texas ranch with his defense team when he made his remarks on the ad controversy.
MSNBC staff and news service reports
Updated: 2:42 p.m. ET Aug. 23, 2004CRAWFORD, Texas - President Bush says a veterans’ group should stop television ads criticizing John Kerry’s war
The president's criticism of the ads by Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth came as Bush denounced all TV ads by outside groups attacking both Kerry
and himself on Monday and called for a halt to all such political efforts.
“I think they’re bad for the system,” he said.
When asked specifically whether the ads by the group "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth" should be halted, Bush said: "All of them. That means that ad,
every other ad. Absolutely."
"I can't be more plain about it," Bush said. "I hope my opponent joins me in condemning these activities of the 527s (political groups that
sponsor to ads). I think they're bad for the system."
On one hand, Bush's remarks fulfilled one request made by the Kerry campaign and voiced by Kerry running mate, Sen. John Edwards, on Saturday.
"This is a moment of truth for George W. Bush," Edwards said at a Democratic rally. "We're going to see what kind of man he is and what kind of
leader he is. ... We want to hear three words: Stop these ads."
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