MEET THE PRESS, March 5, 2000:
Gov. BUSH: Bob, there are people spending ads that say nice things about me. There are people spending money on ads that say ugly things about me.
Gov. BUSH: That’s part of the American–let me finish. That’s part of the American process. There have been ads, independent expenditures, that are saying bad things about me. I don’t particularly care when they do, but that’s what freedom of speech is all about. And this allegation somehow that I’m involved with this is just totally ridiculous. It is uncalled for. There is no–no truth whatsoever. This–the notion that this man who ran the ads spent the night in the governor’s mansion–I think Senator McCain just made that allegation–they’re–they’re just not true.
BORGER: Well, Governor…
Gov. BUSH: It is–yeah?
BORGER: …do you think you should stop these ads?
Gov. BUSH: You know, let me–let me say something to you. People have the right to run ads.They have the right to do what they want to do, under the–under the First Amendment in America.
Today, in the Washington Post:
"The president said he wanted to work together [with McCain] to pursue court action to shut down all the ads and activity by these shadowy 527 groups," White House press secretary Scott McClellan told reporters on Air Force One after Bush spoke to McCain by telephone from the presidential jet Thursday morning.
How can we trust a man who flip-flops to be President?
Oh, wait. I forgot. 9/11 changed everything. Even issues relating to campaign finance reform and the First Amendment.