On Thu, 02 Sep 2004 15:46:52 GMT, "J. J. Levin"
Post by J. J. Levin
Now the real campaign will start. May the best Democrat win.
Zell Miller isn't in the race.
Hey David, did you see Zell and Chris Matthews from "Hardball" go at it
after he gave his speech last night? It was hilarious. Here is the
transcript of their "confrontation", but it doesn't really tell the
MATTHEWS: Joe Scarborough, thank you.
Let me go now to the—go right now. We‘re going to joined right now as
we speak, and stop speaking, with Zell Miller, the man who made the
Senator, thank you. You have...
MATTHEWS: Well, don‘t listen to them. Don‘t listen to those people.
We want to hear from you, Senator.
Senator, let me ask you.
MATTHEWS: I want to ask you about the most powerful line in your
speech. And it had so many.
“No pair has been more wrong, more loudly, more often than the two
Senators from Massachusetts, Ted Kennedy and John Kerry.”
Do you believe that John Kerry and Ted Kennedy really only believe in
defending America with spitballs?
MILLER: Well, I certainly don‘t believe they want to defend America by
putting the kind of armor and the kind of equipment that we have got to
have out there for our troops. I mean, nothing could be clearer than
that, than what John Kerry did when he voted against that $87 billion in
appropriations, that would have provided protective armor for our troops
and armored vehicles.
MATTHEWS: All right, let me ask you. Senator, you are the expert.
Many times, as a conservative Republican, you have had to come out on
the floor and obey party whips and vote against big appropriations
passed by the Democrats when they were in power.
You weren‘t against feeding poor people. You weren‘t against Social
Security. You weren‘t against a lot of programs that, because of the
nature of parliamentary procedure and combat, you had to vote against
the whole package. Didn‘t you many times vote against whole packages of
spending, when you would have gladly gone for a smaller package?
MILLER: Well, I didn‘t make speeches about them and I didn‘t put them
in my platform.
Right here is what John Kerry put out as far as his U.S. Senate
platform, was, he was talking about he wanted to cancel the M.X.
missile, the B-1 bomber, the anti-satellite system. This is not voting
for something that was in a big bill.
MATTHEWS: Which of those systems was effective in either Afghanistan
or Iraq? The M.X. certainly wasn‘t, thank God, nor was the other
MILLER: Look, this is front and—wait, this is front and back, and it‘s
two pages. I have got more documentation here than they have got in the
New York Public Library and the Library of Congress.
MILLER: I knew you was going to be coming with all of that stuff.
And I knew that these people from the Kerry campaign would be coming
with all this kind of stuff.
That‘s just baloney. Look at the record. A man‘s record is what he is.
MATTHEWS: I agree.
MILLER: A man‘s campaign rhetoric—what?
MATTHEWS: I‘m just asking you, Senator, do you mean to say—I know there‘s
rhetoric in campaigns. I just want to know, do you mean to say that you
really believe that John Kerry and Ted Kennedy do not believe in
defending the country?
MILLER: Well, look at their votes.
MATTHEWS: I‘m just asking you to bottom-line it for me.
MILLER: Wait a minute. I said I didn‘t question their patriotism.
MATTHEWS: No. Do you believe that they don‘t believe in defending the
MILLER: I question their judgment.
MATTHEWS: Do you believe they want to defend the country?
MILLER: Look, I applaud what John Kerry did as far as volunteering to
go to Vietnam. I applaud what he did when he volunteered for combat. I
admire that, and I respect that. And I acknowledge that. I have said
that many, many times.
MILLER: But I think his record is atrocious.
MATTHEWS: Well, let me ask you, when Democrats come out, as they often
do, liberal Democrats, and attack conservatives, and say they want to
starve little kids, they want to get rid of education, they want to kill
the old people...
MILLER: I am not saying that. Wait a minute.
MATTHEWS: That kind of rhetoric is not educational, is it?
MILLER: Wait a minute.
Now, this is your program. And I am a guest on your program.
MATTHEWS: Yes, sir.
MILLER: And so I want to try to be as nice as I possibly can to you. I
wish I was over there, where I could get a little closer up into your
MILLER: But I don‘t have to stand here and listen to that kind of
stuff. I didn‘t say anything about not feeding poor kids. What are you
MATTHEWS: No, I‘m saying that when you said tonight—I just want you
MILLER: Well, you are saying a bunch of baloney that didn‘t have
anything to do with what I said up there on the
MILLER: No, no.
MATTHEWS: OK. Do you believe now—do you believe, Senator, truthfully,
that John Kerry wants to defend the country with spitballs? Do you
MILLER: That was a metaphor, wasn‘t it? Do you know what a metaphor
MATTHEWS: Well, what do you mean by a metaphor?
MILLER: Wait a minute. He certainly does not want to defend the
country with the B-1 bomber or the B-2 bomber or the Harrier jet or the
Apache helicopter or all those other things that I mentioned. And there
were even more of them in here.
You‘ve got to quit taking these Democratic talking points and using what
they are saying to you.
MATTHEWS: No, I am using your talking points and asking you if you
really believe them.
MILLER: Well, use John Kerry‘s talking points from the—from what he has
had to say on the floor of the Senate, where he talked about them being
occupiers, where he put out this whenever he was running for the U.S.
Senate about what he wanted to cancel. Cancel to me means to do away
MATTHEWS: Well, what did you mean by the following.
MILLER: I think we ought to cancel this interview.
MATTHEWS: Well, I don‘t mean...
MATTHEWS: Well, that would be my loss, Senator. That would be my loss.
Let me ask you about this, because I think you have a view on the role
of reporters in the world. You have said and it has often been said so
truthfully that it is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us
the freedom of the press. Was there not...
MILLER: Do you believe that?
MATTHEWS: Well, of course it‘s true.
MILLER: Do you believe that?
MATTHEWS: But it‘s a statement that nobody would have challenged. Why
did you make it? It seems like no one would deny what you said. So
what‘s your point?
MILLER: Well, it evidently got a rise out of you.
MATTHEWS: Well, I think it‘s a
MILLER: Because you are a reporter.
MATTHEWS: That‘s right.
MILLER: You didn‘t have anything to do with freedom of the press.
MATTHEWS: Well, you could argue it was not nurses who defended the
freedom of nursing. Why did you single out freedom of the press to say
it was the soldiers that defended it and not the reporters? We all know
that. Why did you say it?
MILLER: Well, because I thought it needed to be said at this particular
time, because I wanted to come on...
MATTHEWS: Because you could get an applause line against the media at a
MILLER: No, I said it because it was—you‘re hopeless. I wish I was
MILLER: In fact, I wish that we lived in—I wish we lived in the
MATTHEWS: I‘ve got to warn you, we are in a tough part of town over
MATTHEWS: But I do recommend you come over, because I like you.
Let me tell you this.
MATTHEWS: If a Republican Senator broke ranks and—all right, I‘m sorry.
A Republican Senator broke ranks and came over and spoke for the
Democrats, would you respect him?
MILLER: Yes, of course I would.
MILLER: I have seen that happen from time to time. Look, I believe...
MATTHEWS: What does Jim Jeffords say to you?
MILLER: Wait a minute.
MATTHEWS: Jim Jeffords switched parties after getting elected.
MILLER: If you‘re going to ask a question...
MATTHEWS: Well, it‘s a tough question. It takes a few words.
MILLER: Get out of my face.
MILLER: If you are going to ask me a question, step back and let me
MATTHEWS: Senator, please.
MILLER: You know, I wish we...
MILLER: I wish we lived in the day where you could challenge a person
to a duel.
MILLER: Now, that would be pretty good.
Don‘t ask me—don‘t pull that...
MATTHEWS: Can you can come over? I need you, Senator. Please come
MILLER: Wait a minute. Don‘t pull that kind of stuff on me, like you
did that young lady when you had her there, browbeating her to death. I
am not her. I am not her.
MATTHEWS: Let me tell you, she was suggesting that John Kerry purposely
shot himself to win a medal. And I was trying to correct the record.
MILLER: You get in my face, I am going to get back in your face.
MILLER: The only reason you are doing it is because you are standing
way over there in Herald Square.
MATTHEWS: Senator, Senator, can I speak softly to you? I would really
like you to...
MILLER: What? No, no, no, because you won‘t give me a chance to
answer. You ask these questions and then you just talk over what I am
trying to answer, just like you did that woman the other day.
MATTHEWS: Well, Senator...
MILLER: I don‘t know why I even came on this program.
MATTHEWS: Well, I am glad you did.
MATTHEWS: Let me ask you this about John Kerry‘s war record.
MILLER: Well, are you going to shut up after you ask me?
MILLER: Or are you going to give me a chance to answer it?
MATTHEWS: Yes, sir.
MATTHEWS: I am going to give you a chance to answer.
You used very strong words tonight about the Democratic candidate, much
stronger than you are using with me. And they will be remembered a lot
longer than anything you say to me now. So I am not really worried
about what you say now, except that this country was promised unity
after the last election by the president that you are supporting. And
he urged the country to come together. Do you think you helped that
MILLER: I think I helped the cause of trying to tell the American
people why John Kerry is unfit for the presidency and why we need to
keep George W. Bush in as the president, because it‘s the way that we
can keep this nation more secure and my family more safe.
MATTHEWS: Did I ask you about your role in the Democratic Party,
because you have caused such a hit tonight, because you are a man of the
Democratic Party? Long before this election, you had to watch as a
Southern conservative the nomination by your party of people like George
McGovern, Fritz Mondale, Jimmy Carter, liberal after liberal after
liberal, including Mike Dukakis, perhaps the most liberal of them all.
What caused you to cross the aisle tonight?
MILLER: By coming to Washington and seeing firsthand what a mess it is
and how far out the Senate Democrats are.
They are off the chart as far as being with the mainstream of America.
I think the straw that broke the camel‘s back was the homeland security
measure, when, time after time, John Kerry and the Democrats put
collective bargaining above homeland security. That did it for me.
MATTHEWS: Well, that did it for Max Cleland as well, didn‘t it?
MILLER: It surely did. And probably Jean Carnahan.
And nobody is to blame, except—well, they are to blame because they
voted that way. But who is really to blame is Tom Daschle for insisting
that they do it 11 times over a four-months period. It was dumb.
MATTHEWS: And, well, you could argue that it was politically dumb of
Max Cleland to support the labor unions in Georgia against what looked
like the national interests. My question is, is it good for America to
impugn that vote as a vote against the security of this country?
MILLER: That vote was not impugned. He did not get defeated because of
that ad that you like to talk about. You can‘t vote with Tom Daschle 85
percent of the time and be expected to be able to be reelected in
Georgia. You know that much about Georgia and the South.
MATTHEWS: Well, sir, I also know the—and I completely agree with the
need to get reelected as a statesman. Jefferson said the first order of
a statesman was to get elected.
I am just wondering if you think tonight‘s speech and advertisements
that show people like Max Cleland standing next to Saddam Hussein are
helping bring this country together?
MILLER: That didn‘t have anything to do with Max Cleland‘s defeat.
We have already—we have already beat that dog to death.
MATTHEWS: Well, maybe the war did that, too.
But thank you very much for coming here tonight. I hope we can have a
more civil conversation in closer terms. I would love you to come
tonight. In fact, you can meet with Joe Scarborough, who will probably
be nicer to you.
MATTHEWS: But we will both try to get the truth out of the
And I feel bad that you are upset with me, Senator. I have never had
this kind of a fight with you before.
MILLER: I know it.
MATTHEWS: I think you misheard me. But please come over tomorrow
night. We‘ve got a convention ending.
And, by the way, you will help our ratings tremendously if you come over
tomorrow night, because everybody thinks you are going to beat me up.
MATTHEWS: But since somebody tried to do that last night, I don‘t think
it‘s going to be a surprise.
WATTS: Hey, Chris, can I say
MATTHEWS: J.C. Watts wants to talk to you, Senator.
MILLER: All right.
WATTS: Hey, Senator, this is J.C. Watts.
MILLER: Hey, J.C.
WATTS: You can put your feet under my dinner table any day of the week.
MILLER: Thank you. Thank you.
MATTHEWS: Well, I guess everybody loves the senator.
MILLER: Good to be with you.
MATTHEWS: Hey, it‘s great having you on. Let‘s be friends. Let‘s be
MILLER: See you later.
MATTHEWS: Thank you.
Well, that was unexpected turn of events.
MATTHEWS: I simply wanted him to say again in the vernacular what he
said on that stage. And I think we all agreed here, didn‘t we? Stick
by me here.
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