Today This Morning on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

From Holden:

Max Cleland: Stunt Man.

Q Why didn’t the President invite former Senator Cleland in today?

MR. McCLELLAN: I’m sorry? Q Why didn’t the President invite former Senator Cleland into the ranch today?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, there was a representative for the campaign that was there to meet Representative [sic] Cleland. And you all heard from both of those individuals.

Q How would you characterize or respond to what happened today here in Crawford with Senator Cleland?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, Senator Kerry says that he wants to talk about the issues. Today’s political stunt is an interesting way of showing it.

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Q Scott, you say it’s a political stunt. But wasn’t the Bush campaign party to this stunt by issuing its own letter to be given to —

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, what we have continued to do, Jill, is to call on Senator Kerry to join us in condemning all of these ads by these shadowy groups that are funded by unregulated soft money. There shouldn’t be a double standard. There should be one standard, and the President has been on the receiving end of more than $63 million in negative attacks from these shadowy groups. He knows what it’s like. He has seen what these groups have done. There’s a bigger issue involved here, and that’s why we continue to call on Senator Kerry to join us in calling for an end to all of this activity and all of these ads. Senator Kerry’s moment of truth keeps coming and going, yet he continues to refuse to join us in calling for a stop to all of these ads by these shadowy groups.