Last night, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) stood on the Senate floor for 30 minutes and quoted verbatim statements made by Texas Governor and Republican Presidential Candidate George W. Bush. Sen. Reid prefaced his statements by highlighting the importance of ideas in the presidential campaign, urging voters to pay close attention to the “policies being advocated” by each candidate. Reid began with a statement Bush made just last Monday: “I don’t want nations feeling like that they can bully ourselves and our allies. I want to have a ballistic defense system so that we can make the world more peaceful, and at the same time I want to reduce out own nuclear capacities to the level commiserate [sic] with keeping the peace.” Reid repeatedly reminded those on the Senate floor that these statements were direct quotes from Bush. At the end of his testimony, Reid concluded, “these statements should lead some to think” about their decision to elect a man who will control public policy not only in the U.S. but around the world, and asserted that a president must be “clear on the issues.” He quoted Bush as saying, "If affirmative action means what I just described, what I’m for, then I’m for it.” Bush also stated, “I think if you know what you believe, it makes it a lot easier to answer questions. I can’t answer your question.” Reid concluded by saying, “I think these quotes speak for themselves.”
Media Resources: Testimony of Senator Harry Reid, C-SPAN2 – October 25, 2000 and Jacob Weisberg, The Complete Bushisms – October 23, 2000
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