Bush-Cheney '04, Inc.

"Patriot Act"
30-second ad run starting May 26, 2004 on national cable and selected local affiliates. 


President Bush: Iím George W. Bush and I approve of this message.

Voice Over: President Bush signed the Patriot Act giving law enforcement vital tools to fight terrorism. 

John Kerry?  He voted for the Patriot Act, but pressured by fellow liberals, heís changed his position.

While wire taps, subpoena powers and surveillances are routinely used against drug dealers and organized crime, Kerry would now repeal the Patriot Actís use of these tools against terrorists.

John Kerry.  Playing politics with national security.


On the Screen
Notes and Observations: Kerry campaign response from spokesman Chad Clanton:

"This new Bush campaign ad is completely false, and they know it.  John Kerry has not only supported wiretaps, subpoena powers and surveillances used against drug dealers and organized crime, he used them as a prosecutor to put criminals behind bars.  The fact is, John Kerry wants to use the same tools against terrorists and strengthen the Patriot Act with an approach backed by Republican Senators Crapo, Sununu, Murkowski, Craig and Specter. 

"Faced with the worst poll numbers of his presidency, George Bush has launched this intentionally false ad to deceive the American people and distract attention from his failed polices.  It's wrong, it's dishonest and it's not going to work."