9/29/04 9:00 AM EST
Bush Campaign Manager Says Kerry Echoing Terrorists
The Washington Times reports in a front page story that Bush-Cheney campaign manager Ken Mehlman "accused Sen. John Kerry's campaign of parroting the rhetoric of terrorists, signaling a new level of aggressiveness in advance of tomorrow's presidential debate." In a conference call with reporters, Mehlman said, "The enemy listens. All listen to what the president said, and all listen to what Senator Kerry said." The Times adds that Mehlman "said terrorists listened when Mr. Kerry disparaged Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi after he spoke last week to a joint session of Congress. Mr. Kerry accused Mr. Allawi of putting his 'best face' on a dismal situation in Iraq." Mehlman said, "That echoes what the enemy is saying in Iraq, and that echoes what a lot of the terrorists have said. I think that's an unfortunate statement." Mehlman "was unapologetic about rhetorically linking the Kerry campaign with terrorists who have killed hundreds of Americans in Iraq."