Thursday, February 19, 2004


Edwards and Kerry accuse Bush of exploiting New York City and 9/11

John Edwards came to New York to campaign for the state's primary and immediately launched into a blistering attack accusing President Bush and the Republicans of exploiting New York City's tragic role in the events of 9/11.

According to the New York Daily News, this is what Edwards said in a speech at Columbia University,

"'George Bush and his team, they think they're gonna be able to exploit this tragedy right here at this convention for a few days,' the Democrat told an Ivy League audience in a morning speech at Columbia University.

Talking about the Republicans' choice of New York for their convention, Edwards said: 'They come back when it's convenient.' He accused Washington of short-shrifting rebuilding efforts here, adding: 'We're with you every day, fighting with you every day.'

Hank Sheinkopf, a Democratic consultant, called Edwards' 9/11 reference a misfire. The tragedy 'is too blistering a memory, and it appears to be almost unpatriotic,' he said.

Kevin Madden, spokesman for the Bush-Cheney reelection team, ripped Edwards for 'playing politics with a great national tragedy.'

But the Kerry camp mostly agreed with Edwards: 'George Bush and (political adviser) Karl Rove have made no secret of the fact that they intend to use the tragedy of 9/11 to make national security the centerpiece issue of the election,' a spokesman said."

New York City's mayor Bloomberg admirably defended the President and sharply criticized the remarks from Senator Edwards. As liberal a Republican that he is, Bloomberg has been a staunch defender of the President every chance he gets, despite the strong media bias and Democratic presence in the City.

This link is from the Kansas City Star


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