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Friday, November 07, 2003


Dean to challenge Bush on spending?

posted by Aziz P. at Friday, November 07, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
in Slate, Chris Suellentrop witnesses Deanpulsive (Dean Impulsive) behavior:

Politics is awash in too much money, Johnson says. Why not take the moral high ground and abide by the current system? That sounds like a great idea until Bush spends $200 million, Dean says. Well, then "challenge him to spend less," Johnson replies. Tell him you'll stay under the spending limits if he does, too. Dean's face lights up. "I'll do that at the press conference on Saturday," he says. "That's a great idea." (Saturday at noon is when Dean is scheduled to announce the results of the campaign vote on whether to abandon public financing.)

I walk over to Dean's New Hampshire press secretary, Matthew Gardner, and tell him his candidate just agreed, in an instant, to announce on Saturday that he'll stay under the federal spending caps for publicly financed candidates, if President Bush agrees to do the same (which, admittedly, is more than a little unlikely.) Gardner looks puzzled, then laughs. "That'll be interesting," he says. "We'll see if it happens."

heh, that would be make good theater, eh? Bush clearly won't even respond or acknowledge the challenge is Dean makes it, but the challenge itself will be something to see. I hope he does it!


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