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  • America Votes

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    Thursday, March 04, 2004

    Bush ads anger some Sept. 11 families 

    President Bush's new campaign ads drew a sharply negative reaction from families of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and from a firefighters union that supports Sen. John Kerry.

    The Bush campaign began broadcasting four ads (view the ads here) in 17 states that are expected to be battlegrounds in November. One shows the smoldering wreckage of the twin towers of the World Trade Center, with a flag flying in the rubble. Another shows firefighters carrying a flag-draped stretcher.

    The ads brought several victims' relatives to tears and triggered angry charges that Bush was exploiting others' misery for political gain.

    "Using my dead friends and my dead brother for political expediency is dead wrong," said Chris Burke, whose brother, Tom, died in the North Tower. "It's wrong, it's bad taste and an insult to the 3,000 people who died on Sept. 11."

    White House and Bush campaign officials defended their use of the images, saying Sept. 11 is part of American history and a major moment of the Bush presidency. Bush's leadership in the aftermath of the attacks is the cornerstone of his re-election campaign.

    - William Douglas, Knight Ridder Washington Bureau

    posted by Jim Van Nostrand at 7:34 PM



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