Bush on the Record

Tense and frosty, the President explains his predicament, blames Congress for his inaction at home and hits the press for sending the campaign to the gutter

Q. A year ago, various Democratic heavyweights opted out of the race because you were so far ahead in the polls.

A. Hard to remember those days.

Q. And now you're headed for a convention that many of us, and you also probably, thought would be a kind of coronation. What happened?

A. The economy.

Q. That's the only thing?

A. I think so. If this economy were growing at 5%, we wouldn't have these problems. There'd still be enormous problems facing the country, but in terms of standing, we wouldn't be in this shape. I'm absolutely convinced of it.


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