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Tuesday, September 09, 2003


Kerry's Slip Up

posted by Editor at Tuesday, September 09, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
While at is Ranch in California preparing for his weekly radio address, Ronald Reagan made a joke about launching a nuclear attack against the Soviet Union when testing his microphone. On a radio call in show, Bill Clinton let a profanity out when he thought he was off the air. While at a campaign event, George Bush's microphone picked up him calling a New York Times reporter a profanity. It seems that politicians never remember the power of what Strom Thurmond called "The Machine" to pick up their words.

Did anybody see Fox News today only hours before the debate? After speaking with reporters Sen. John Kerry was apparently upset at the amount of attention Gov. Dean is getting - even in the forms of questions at his press conference. Kerry is seen leaving the scene and mutters "Dean, Dean, Dean," under his breath. A mic, still pinned to his clothes, picks it up loud and clear. Check out the clip for yourself. Mic check, Mr. Kerry. Mic check.


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