Obsession Bonus: Answer Avoidance from the Gaggle

From Holden:

Little Scottie sez those democrats may be Bible-banning heathens, but you better go to the RNC for confirmation:

Q Scott, the RNC sent out letters to voters in two states saying that liberals want to ban the Bible. Does that include John Kerry, in President Bush’s view?

MR. McCLELLAN: I don’t know — I haven’t seen what they sent out, so you might want to talk to the RNC.

Q It’s all over the wires and in the paper.

MR. McCLELLAN: I haven’t seen what they sent out. I like to know more about what it says than just going by what’s in the news accounts.

Q You haven’t seen the stories?

MR. McCLELLAN: No, I saw the stories, but I don’t know what it says.

Q But does he think that John Kerry wants to ban the Bible?

MR. McCLELLAN: I think you need to address questions to the RNC about the flyers that they put out. I don’t know what they put out.

Q But on principle, does the President think John Kerry wants —

MR. McCLELLAN: That’s an end around to try to talk about what the RNC put out. I don’t know exactly what they put out.

Q Could we ask you about that later in the day, after you’ve had a chance to look at it?

MR. McCLELLAN: — refer those questions to the RNC. You know what the President’s views are. He stated them very clearly.

Q Does the President think Democrats want to ban the Bible?

MR. McCLELLAN: That was an end around to talk about this RNC — what the RNC put out.

Q It’s a direct question.

MR. McCLELLAN: No, you’re asking in the context of what the RNC put out.

Q The question —

MR. McCLELLAN: I haven’t seen what the RNC put out. And the President has never made such an assertion, so you know that that’s not something he has made an assertion about. You know what the President’s view are.