invoking 9/11....a step away from a promise made?

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    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4420934/

    WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush’s re-election team unveiled his first campaign advertisements on Wednesday and they in part use the events of Sept. 11, 2001, to focus on his “steady leadership” during turbulent times.

    The Bush-Cheney ’04 campaign waited to launch the ad campaign until after the Democrats chose their presumptive nominee, John Kerry, who locked it up with impressive victories across the country on Tuesday.

    Campaign officials said they saw Kerry, a Massachusetts senator, as a formidable opponent and predicted Bush will be at most tied or behind in the polls until the Republican nominating convention in New York in September. Recent polls have put Bush behind his Democratic opponent.

    “We’re obviously starting this race in a place where we thought we would, which is even or slightly behind, and I think that’s going to stay that way for the next five or six months,” said Bush’s campaign pollster, Matthew Dowd.

    The four Bush ads, one of them in Spanish, will begin running on Thursday in at least 16 important battleground states and on more than five national cable television channels.

    Two ads refer to the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, as the Bush campaign seeks to present Bush as a tried and tested leader who has risen to the challenge. One ad, entitled “Tested,” shows, among other images, a damaged building from the World Trade Center ruins behind an American flag.

    “The last few years have tested America in many ways,” the voice-over says. “Some challenges we’ve seen before. And some were like no others. But America rose to the challenge.”

    'Steady leadership'
    It concludes: “President Bush. Steady leadership in times of change.”

    An ad called “Safer, Stronger,” points to the problems the United States has faced since Bush took office in January 2001, a recession, a declining stock market, a dot.com boom gone bust and “a day of tragedy.”

    “Today, America is turning the corner. Rising to the challenge,” the ad says. This one is also done in Spanish.

    A 60-second ad entitled “Lead” focuses on what may well be Bush’s greatest weakness, the inability of the U.S. economy to generate a lot of jobs despite strong growth.

    “And as the economy grows, the job base grows and somebody who’s looking for work will be more likely to find a job,” Bush says in the ad.

    Seated next to him is his wife Laura, who the Bush campaign sees as an enormous asset. She lauds her husband for “the strength, the focus, the characteristics that these times demand.”

    Multimillion-dollar purchase
    The ads constitute a multimillion-dollar purchase as the Bush campaign begins to dip into the more than $100 million in cash on hand. The ads are positive looks at the president’s record with no attacks on Kerry.

    Dowd said a large section of the electorate will see the ads but would not say which states they will be in to avoid tipping off the Bush strategy to the Democrats.

    Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe was quick to respond.

    “These ads are expected to reference Bush’s ’steady leadership’ as president, but they would be remiss to leave out some ’steady’ facts when it comes to his leadership: a steady loss of jobs, a steady increase in uninsured Americans, a steady decline in education funding, a steady erosion of veterans’ benefits, a steady attack against the Social Security Fund, and a steady rise of the deficit,” he said.
     
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    I saw most of the ads and they are excellent! This is just the very beginning of the end for Kerry.
     
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    I think the best part of them is that they are positive, showing a vision for America and running on the Presidents record.
     
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    As the Bush campaign focuses on national security and steering away from the job market they will lose touch with the working class. As I said in earlier threads, its going to be the economy that decides this election.
     
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    Even the working class are interested in national security. Also, Kerry hasn't given one good reason or plan to make anything different. (other than vowing to be friendlier with the terrorists)
     
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    It won't matter what kerry says or doesn't say, If the job market does not improve quite a bit it won't matter.

    Yes, I'm sure people do care about national security but these people that aren't working will damn sure vote for anyone but bush. It may not be wise, but it will happen.
     
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    Unemployment rate in 1996 first quater = 5.6, Clinton reelected.

    Unemployment rate in 2004 first quater = 5.6, Bush reeleceted?

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    Bush has to run on his response to 9/11. His presidency is defined by the national security agenda. Kerry took the gloves off with his focus on Vietnam and his claims that he would repudiate the War on Terror and go crawling to the U.N. to beg forgiveness for the U.S. not kowtowing to global government.

    No thanks.
     
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    I think those ads will remind people once again of what sort of world we live in.
    I think they will tell JK supporters that voting for JK will not ensure anything but voting for Bush will ensure continued fight against terrorist.
    When 9/11 happened the most important to the citizens of this country were not jobs but security and seeing part of their country, no matter how small nationwide, destroyed. Voting for a man like JK will do what?
    That is the intention.
    Without national security, everything else means nothing. Your job means nothing...

    Many years ago I worked in Walt Disney World and they were under constant threat of attack from terrorists and I am sure they still are.
    I have also spend some years working in airports around the country and international and most important - to some anyway - was security.

    However there are those that do not think that way. They are most interested in themselves and jobs and nothing else. Failing to realize that terrorist acts involve all and in the end your job will mean nothing.

    I shutter to think of JK in the oval office. I cannot fathom the logic of voting for a man with no consistancy in anything. If voted, how does one know where he will stand on any issue if he changes his mind every few years? What he says now to entice your vote, will it change once in office? He is for the war in Iraq, he is against the war in Iraq. What does he do once in office? Confuse?
    How do you know what you are getting from this man if he changes his mind? One year he is for NAFTA under Clinton, now under Bush he is not. Perhaps once elected he will be for Nafta again.
    If you are voting for him because of his promise of thousands of jobs within his first two years, how do you know he will not change his mind?
    When judging a man, does one not on his charector?

    I have a post asking for reasons why anyone is voting for JK. I am not looking for Bush bashing, any idiot with a minute brain can do that - I am looking for a positive reason why they are voting for him.
    That post remains empty.
     
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    But if you havent noticed Bush is running on the recovery of the economy. just look at the ads.
     

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