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Fox Guest Agrees That President's Speech On 9/11 Was Partisan When He Started Talking About Iraq & Saddam Hussein

Reported by Donna - September 12, 2006 -

Last night the president was supposed to give a speech on the anniversary of 9/11. It may have started out that way but the President insisted on bringing Iraq and Saddam Hussein into the equation.

There were two segments on the President's speech. On the first one on Studio B, Shepard Smith went to Bret Baier, who ran video of the President and Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev).

Baier said it was a war of words that Democrats were saying that the President was playing politics although he said that Tony Snow said the speech was not meant to single anyone out for partisan reasons or to pick a fight.

The following is my transcript of what the President and Senator Reid said.

President Bush: "Whatever mistakes have been made in Iraq, the worst mistake would be to think if we pulled out the terrorists would leave us alone. They will not leave us alone, they will follow us. The safety of America depends on the outcome of the battle on the streets of Baghdad."

Senator Harry Reid: "The President in his address to the nation spoke for himself, for his administration and not for the nation. No bullhorn only the bully pulpit of his office which he used to defend an unpopular war in Iraq and to launch clumsily disguised barbs at those who disagree with his policy."

The second segment Smith spent speaking to supposed Democrat, Juan Williams, who said the first part of the President's speech was very good but then it got partisan. During this segment Smith had to use the often repeated Republican talking point that the "Democrats had no plan." To this Williams came back and said he could say the same thing about the Republicans, all they had was stay the course, a failed policy in Iraq, one that wasn't working, he wanted to know what their plan was to win in Iraq.

The point that Williams kept coming back to was that the President's speech was fine when he started talking about 9/11 but it became partisan when he switched to talking about Saddam Hussein and Iraq.

Comment: Somewhat fair and balanced though Smith ought to educate himself on some of the Democratic plans that are out there for success in Iraq, actual plans from Senator Kerry or Congressman John Murtha and not resort to Republican talking points.

As for the President's speech - it sure was partisan when it came to talking about Iraq and Saddam Hussein on the anniversary of 9/11.