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kentuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:23 PM
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George Allen has been muffled by his handlers...
In an attempt to hold on to his lead that he "thinks" he has...
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...

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Weeks after George Allen 's mouth got him into serious trouble, the senator's advisers have apparently decided that he should shut up.

At least when it comes to talking directly to the media, that is.

With less than a month before Election Day, Allen (R-Va.) has become virtually impossible to interview directly, giving his campaign handlers much more control over the message they send to voters. What voters see this month will be -- they hope -- only what they want voters to see.

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The campaign has begun using a conference-calling system to conduct telephone-based news conferences, which are common in the last month of many campaigns.

The new system requires reporters to listen to Allen's comments without interruption and then push "*1" when they want to ask a question. Their names will pop up on a staffer's computer screen in chronological order. The campaign staff then decides which reporters will be allowed to ask a question.

The Allen campaign used the technique last week, when staffers hastily called a news conference with Allen and Republican Sen. John W. Warner to respond to an earlier Webb news conference about the failures of the Iraq war.

The result: Allen was asked a handful of questions, and reporters were not permitted to ask follow-up questions. The phones of reporters who the campaign believed would ask tough questions were simply kept on mute the entire time.


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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:27 PM
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1. if that doesn't sound like bush.....
anyone with a clear mind set in VA should be able to hear these stories and go, "what a joke of a candidate he is"... quite like Kean Jr walking away from the military Mom asking why her son is still there and being on camera, just answer her again and look professional. (obv. he was scared)

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=806193312614441...
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:28 PM
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2. that is hilarious! I'm calling it the Ray Lahood plan, put barbed wire
around the press so Allen can say anything stupid.
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Hav Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:29 PM
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3. .
He's a coward because he knows that he is too dumb to answer tough questions.
Too bad that so many in Virginia would still vote for this racist idiot.
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keta11 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:43 PM
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4. That is what its looking like
This is my number 1 race I am following and I am afraid Sen. Macacawitz is gonna be re-elected.
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tularetom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:51 PM
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5. A political "prevent defense"
Hopefully it will have the same result it has in football when a team prematurely sits on a lead.....
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pdxmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 04:54 PM
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6. With any luck, the reporters will decide it's not worth the effort and wil
just stop even trying to interview him.
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