U.S. presidential election, 2004: Campaign Quotes

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The pursuit of political office in any campaign, most recently U.S. presidential election, 2004, produces a wealth of both positive and negative Campaign Quotes.

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Republican Candidates

George W. Bush, a.k.a. "Bushism"

  • "I think it's -- if you're going to make an accusation in the course of a presidential campaign, you ought to back it up with facts." Response to question "Candidate Kerry has suggested he has support of world leaders. Do you think he should -- that should be a factor in the campaign? Was that an appropriate thing for him to say?" during "Remarks by President Bush and Prime Minister Balkenende of the Netherlands in a Photo Opportunity at the Oval Office." 3/16/04.
  • "'God loves you, and I love you. And you can count on both of us as a powerful message that people who wonder about the future can hear,'... the president said during a particularly fatuous promotion of his efforts to give government money to church groups that discriminate in their hiring." 3/7/04.
  • "Recession means that people's incomes, at the employer level, are going down, basically, relative to costs, people are getting laid off." 2/19/04, Washington, D.C..

Inappropriate then, enlightening now. . .

  • "Who cares what you think?" to Bill Hangley, Jr. at a July 4, 2001, church picnic in Philadelphia. [1]

Dick Cheney

Democratic Candidates

John Forbes Kerry

  • "Seemingly unaware that his microphone was still on ... during a quiet exchange with several workers at the Hill Mechanical Group in Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood," Kerry said about the Republicans: "'These guys are the most crooked, you know, lying group I've ever seen. It's scary.'" 3/10/04 [2]
  • See Josh Marshall's 3/10/04, Talking Points Memo.
  • "Kerry: Comment aimed at 'attack dogs' ... Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry said on Thursday that he was not referring to all Republicans as 'crooked' in an off-the-cuff comment captured on camera -- just his political opponents' 'attack dogs.'" 3/11/04, CNN.
  • "Americans have a clear choice in this election. They can either suffer with more and more job losses that rip the heart out of our economy or they can give George Bush a new job," Kerry said. 3/5/04
  • "I don't know what it is that all these Republicans who didn't serve in Vietnam are fighting a war against those of us who did." 2/22/04

Other Democrats

  • "We would expect nothing less than scorched-earth harassment by the Republicans." -- Harold Ickes, president of the Media Fund [3]
  • "'It's down-in-the-gutter nasty on both sides. We could really see a donnybrook, with all of us rolling around in mud, blood and the beer,'" said Democratic strategist Jim Duffy. [4]
  • "What would be good for the American economy is to outsource this administration." -- John Edwards, who ended his candidacy on March 3, 2004. 2/21/04
  • "For Saxby Chambliss, who got out of going to Vietnam because of a trick knee, to attack John Kerry as weak on the defense of our nation is like a mackerel in the moonlight that both shines and stinks," Max Cleland said. 2/22/04

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External links

  • William Rivers Pitt, Fish. Barrel. Boom., TruthOut.org, March 11, 2004: "As we hurtle headlong into the silly season, a high colonic for the mind is in order. There is going to be a lot of back-and-forth between the candidates regarding who said what and when. Feast, in that context, upon this small collection...."