Zell Said

I just got this in an e-mail form the Kerry campaign:

Did He Really Say That???

This morning on “Meet the Press” Senator Zell Miller, a man known for speaking his mind, offered an outrageous views of the bipartisan 9/11 Commission and criticized his fellow backers of President Bush for their moderate views. Are these some things we can expect to hear from “Zig Zag Zell” during his speech to the Republican National Convention???

Zell Miller Said 9/11 Commission Report Helped Our Enemy???

MR. RUSSERT: “Let me turn to the September 11 Commission. President Bush is expected to implement many of the recommendations the commission has put forward. Back in March, you had this observation:

“I’ve come to seriously question this panel’s usefulness. I believe it will ultimately play a role in doing great harm to this country, for its unintended consequences, I fear, will be to energize our enemies and demoralize our troops.”— Zell Miller

MR. RUSSERT: “Do you still believe that?”

SEN. MILLER: “There’s no doubt that it energized our enemy at the time that it was first set up, and there’s no doubt that there was a lot of politics involved.” [NBC, Meet the Press, 8/1/04]

Zell Miller Disagreed With Moderate Message of McCain, Giuliani, and Schwarzenegger???

MR. RUSSERT: “The other prime-time speakers–Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rudy Giuliani and John McCain–are all pro-gay rights, and Schwarzenegger and Rudy Giuliani are pro-abortion rights and pro-anti-gun rights. Should they be speaking to a Republican convention, and are they out of sync with your thinking?”

SEN. MILLER: “Well, of course, I disagree with them on all those issues” [NBC, Meet the Press, 8/1/04]

Zell Miller Said John McCain Doesn’t Share American-Family Values???

SEN. MILLER: “And how can a person say that they are for American values and for the American family whenever they vote or not vote but oppose an amendment to the Constitution that would define marriage as a union between man and woman?” [NBC, Meet the Press, 8/1/04]

Republicans Who Zell Miller Believes Don’t Share “American Values” for the “American Family”:

John McCain (R-AZ); Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO); Susan Collins (R-ME)

John Sununu (R-NH); Olympia Snowe (R-ME); John Chafee (R-RI) [Senate Roll Call Vote #155, 7/14/04]

…And When Questioned About His Defense/Intel Record Compared to Kerry’s Zell Says…

MR. RUSSERT: “But on defense and intelligence authorization bills, you have the same voting record as John Kerry.”

SEN. MILLER: “…(long awkward pause)…I didn’t try to cut–now ultimately he came along and voted for some” [NBC, Meet the Press, 8/1/04]