President Bush will unleash his first negative ads against John Kerry on Thursday, accusing the Democrat of seeking to raise taxes by $900 billion and wanting to "delay defending America," the Associated Press has learned.Boo friggin' hoo. 3000 in New York. 10,000 Iraqi citizens. 556 American soldiers. Your watch. I think we're entitled to dent your fragile little egos.
"John Kerry: Wrong on taxes. Wrong on defense," says a female announcer in a new 30-second ad that will begin airing in battleground states.
A second ad, also premiering Thursday, tells voters they face choices on the economy, health care and the war on terrorism.
"We can go forward with confidence, resolve and hope. Or we can turn back to the dangerous illusions that terrorists are not plotting and outlaw regimes are no threat," Bush says in the second ad, without mentioning Kerry by name.
The Bush ads come on the heels of Kerry's off-the-cuff remark Wednesday in which he called Republican critics "the most crooked ... lying group I've ever seen." That comment prompted Marc Racicot, the chairman of the Bush-Cheney campaign, to call on Kerry to apologize "for this negative attack."
We're sure your best shot is yet to come. We'll be here ready for that, too.