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President Bush mentions Foley seat



At his press conference today, President Bush was asked by Wall Street Journal reporter John McKinnon about the election results, if he had any "do-overs" and what they would be.

Bush replied:

"No question Iraq had an impact.  But it's hard to win an election when you're trying to win a write-off -- a write-in campaign in our state of Texas [the seat formerly held by Rep. Tom DeLay].  I mean, you could have the greatest positions in the world on issues and be the most articulate person on an issue, but to try to get -- to win on a write-in is really hard to do.

"We had the race in Florida , the Foley seat.  That's a hard race to win in a Republican district because people couldn't vote directly for the Republican candidate.  And all I'm telling you, John, is that there's a -- when you dig into the races, there's a -- look, I had to go down to Houston, in Sugar Land, and act as the Secretary of State:  Take your pencil into the box and then write it in.  And my only -- the reason I bring that up is, I'm not sure Iraq had much to do with the outcome of that election."


[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:39am]


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