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September 03, 2004

MIA: Truth at the RNC

It would be fascinating to see how many American viewers believed even half of the attacks that President Bush flung at Kerry Thursday night at the Republican National Convention.

Lucky for Bush that TV allows the truth to be widely skewed, and lucky for him that most Americans probably won't do their own homework to learn how many of his attacks were complete rubbish. Bush and co. are betting on the age-old dirty trick that if you say it enough times, people will believe it.

Take Bush's charge at the RNC that Kerry "wants to dilute" his No Child Left Behind Act, after Kerry initially supported it. The truth is Kerry did vote for Bush's education reforms in 2002, but like so many Democrats since, has shed light on the fact that Bush has failed to adequately fund it -- to the tune of $27 billion.

Reason stands that had the education law been adequately funded to allow teachers and students to meet the steep new demands, Kerry would most likely still support it.

This is not flip-flopping -- Bush's tired favorite phrase for Kerry -- this is disagreeing with the direction of Bush's policy and his stated intentions. Ditto that for Kerry's voting record to initially support the Iraq conflict and later to oppose Bush's blank check to fund what became an unjustified war.

For several more choice examples of Bush's skewed interpretations of Kerry's past statements and voting records, go to this New York Times story.

And here's the full text of Bush's speech. Compare this with the above story to find the real truth.

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Posted by Colleen Pohlig at September 3, 2004 12:32 PM



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