Thursday, August 26, 2004

Scott McClellan Talking Points Watch

Link (from Wonkette)

White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan has a habit of repeating things. Here's some quotes from today's briefing:

And the President said he wanted to work together to pursue court action to shut down all the ads and activity by these shadowy 527 groups. . . .The President thought we got rid of all of this kind of shadowy activity when he signed the campaign finance reforms into law. . .. And so the President reached out to Senator McCain to say, let's work together and pursue court action to shut down all of this activity by these shadowy groups. . . .The President condemns all the ads and activity by these shadowy groups. . . All, all the ads and activity by the shadowy groups. That would include everything that these shadowy groups are involved in. . . The President wants Senator Kerry to join us in calling for a stop to all of the ads and activity by these shadowy groups. The President has condemned all of this activity by these shadowy groups. . . And so the President looks forward to working with Senator McCain to pursue court action to shut down all of this activity by these shadowy groups.

This was almost as good as his August 9th performance:

Iraq is a sovereign nation now. They're moving forward on building a free and peaceful and stable future.

And as we move forward on capturing or bringing to justice al Qaeda members, we need to keep that in mind.

First of all, the economy is moving forward. The latest employment report was one of many indicators that shows that the economy is moving forward.

The economy is moving forward, and we're not turning back.

The President was pleased to go and speak to the UNITY Conference and talk to them about his record in office and his agenda moving forward.

And he was pleased to go there and talk about that, and talk about his agenda as we move forward and build upon that record.

He said that he would be moving forward on [the 9/11 Comm. recommendations] in the coming days with some presidential directives. There's no update at this point, in terms of those directives, but we are continuing to move forward in a quick and responsible manner. We have already moved forward in one way or another on 36 of 41 of the 9/11 Commission's recommendations. And we are continuing to move forward on the additional recommendations that build upon the reforms that this administration has already put in place.

So we've made significant strides, and the President welcomes these recommendations and we're continuing to move forward in a quick and responsible manner. It's important that we carefully and seriously consider these recommendations and how we implement them as we move forward. And we'll be working with Congress closely on that. Members of Congress are already moving forward on it, as well.

I said, he believes this is the right policy and he's committed to continuing to move forward on exploring the promise and potential of stem cell research.

And so he came up with this well thought out policy [on stem cells] that allowed the federal government to move forward for the first time.

Our economy is moving forward, but there's more work to do.

And the President will be moving forward with more details about [the National Intelligence Director] as we work through some of the specifics.

And the international community recognizes that we cannot afford to let Iran move forward on a nuclear -- on building nuclear weapons.

[W]e're working very closely with Pakistan as we move forward to defeat the enemies and defeat the terrorists that are in Pakistan and along that Afghan-Pakistan border.

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