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AIDS rally calls Bush plans weak

AIDS activists carrying simulated American flags with skulls and crossbones in place of stars ringed the White House on Monday to protest what they charge is President Bush's weak response to the fatal disease.

The thousands of demonstrators, who formed a human chain with the aid of 6,000 feet of red ribbon, chanted, "Three more weeks, Bush will go."

But some questioned whether his Democratic challenger, Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, would do any better in fighting AIDS.

Ed Des Rosier of Nashua, N.H., said he did not watch Sunday night's debate in which Bush, Clinton and independent candidate Ross Perot traded views on the AIDS epidemic.

"It's of no concern to me. They all lie," Des Rosier said.

Would Clinton be an improvement? "Yes. At least he's listening," said Des Rosier.

Park Police Sgt. Patrick Gavin said an estimated 5,000 people took part in the demonstration.

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