Verbatim: Jul. 26, 2004

"Their idea of equal rights is the American flag and Confederate swastika flying side by side." JULIAN BOND, chairman of the N.A.A.C.P., speaking last month about members of the Republican Party

"The current leadership, through their repeated partisan comments and hostile rhetoric, have shown that they are not interested in a constructive dialogue." SCOTT MCCLELLAN, presidential press secretary, on why Bush, for the fourth year in a row, declined an invitation to speak at the N.A.A.C.P.'s annual convention

"The fact that I am no longer the spokesman for Slim-Fast makes me sad, but not as sad as someone trying to punish...

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