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This is my partial transcription of an appearance by Bill Clinton on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart, August 9, 2004, during which the ex President has a few things to say about the scurrilous attacks on John Kerry’s military record. After you read this, if it makes you angry, find a way to fight back. Need ideas? Check out our category “What You Can Do”.

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CLINTON: Absolutely. And as soon as it doesn’t work, they’ll stop doing it so I think Senator McCain, whom I admire very much, made a mistake not bashing the Bush campaign over the attacks on his service. They implied he betrayed the country when he was a POW and he made a huge mistake in not bashing them for that calling operation saying he’d adopted a black baby. It was blatantly racist. They’ll do this stuff as long as they think it works.

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CLINTON: Yeah. They do that stuff. Look what they cheap jordans sale did to Max Cleland in Georgia. Here Max Cleland left two legs and an arm in Vietnam and in 2002 they rans ads against him Again he cheap air jordan was being opposed by a man who, like me and the President and the Vice President, did not go to Vietnam. They ran ads comparing Max Cleland to Saddam Hussein, because he didn’t vote for the Homeland Security Agency exactly as the President had cheap adidas drafted it. And they treated him like a traitor.

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CLINTON: Well, to be fair in since for about the last three elections starting in ’92 actually, the newspapers began to evaluate the truth and accuracy and fairness of the ads and they do it more cheap jordans from china often and this ad you’ve featured here has actually been subject to quite a bit of criticism, so we are getting better at it, but when someone comes after you, you have to go back at them.

STEWART: On a lot of these 20 hour, 24 hour news (garbled word) the Republicans seem really disciplined in terms of as soon as Kerry announced Edwards, we all heard “first and foremost liberal senator in the Senate”. We heard “way out of the mainstram.” We heard all kinds of facts repeated in sort of a carpet bombing kind of a matter, not very much cheap jordans china from the Democrats in defense.

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CLINTON: Well. Well, I think we oughta be talkin’ about it. If we keep it a secret, you know, the media will say the mainstream media will say “Well, the Democrats aren’t gripin’ about it’. We need to point it out, that’s one of the things I tried to do in my Convention speech and that I tried to do in this book

I tried to say “Look, I don’t hate them the way they hated me” and the way and the kind of venom they put out against Kerry in this ad. I think they believe certain things and I believe certain things, most Democrats do, and we have to say we believe in different things, that leads us to different tactics.

It also, more importantly, leads us to different policies, which will cheap air force affect the lives of the American people and we can’t let them have the whole debate, so when they want to I always took it as an opportunity when they attacked me.

I thought, “That’s a briar patch”. They can throw me in any day because then I’ll engage in the debate. And you’re not bein’ negative then, if all your doin’ is responding to their attacking, you’re not bein’ negative.

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