Michael Moore speaking at San Francisco State University on
October 20, 2003:
"If we leave this election up this year to the
Democratic Party hacks, we're doomed. We are doomed. We are
doomed for another four years of Bush. He will win his first
term next November. All right? The only thing -- I mean, I'm
telling you -- we have got to get in charge of this thing?
"There is not going to be a third party independent
candidate this year. There's only going to be that spot on the
ballot, the Democratic slot. They don't deserve to have that
slot, they haven't earned it, they haven't been the true
opposition party, so we have to go in there and hijack that
slot. We have to hijack that slot, and the way it's going to
happen is we have got to make sure that the right candidate gets
on that ballot…the good news is that there are enough of these
Democrat candidates that are running that can give us 60, 70,
80% of what we want…I have not endorsed anyone, nor will I
endorse anyone right now.
"I'm encouraging others, don't endorse, don't throw down
with somebody right now because each of these Democrats have to
take better positions and stronger positions on the issue. We
should not -- on the issues -- we should not have to settle.
Let's not settle, folks. Don't do this, because, look, we hold
the power right now. We have the leverage, okay? These
candidates need us now more than we need them. All right, we
have got to -- we have got to use this leverage wisely. We have
got to push them to take better positions.
"I don't think it's healthy right now in the fall of '03
to be in the ‘anyone but Bush camp.’ Don't take that
position right now. You don't have to. We're a year away. You
don't have to take the position of ‘anyone but Bush.’ All
right? If you do that, it sends the wrong message to the
Democrats that, we're so desperate to get rid of Bush, we'll
take anything they shovel us, all right? No, we won't. So, don't
take that position."
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