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Bennett Optimistic About Bush Victory

Friday, 29 October 2004 12:00 AM

When NewsMax caught up with the in-demand former Drug Czar and Education Secretary, he was clearly more optimistic about Election Day, saying, "I'm more encouraged since Monday."

Few understand American politics like Bennett.

"Bush is getting even stronger," an upbeat Bennett told NewsMax. "He's stood up through a tough couple of months with them hitting him with the usual garbage."

Bennett himself is launching out on the campaign trail this final weekend with a very positive attitude. He will be joining forces with Oliver North, Sean Hannity and Sen. Zell Miller, D-Ga.

The foursome is storming battleground Ohio in a final swing to muster the faithful in the election of the century.

But what if Kerry pulls it off, asks NewsMax? Armageddon?

"No, it won't be Armageddon, but if Kerry is elected the Democrat Party just might have to become responsible again," he said. "There are plenty in the party who would cheer if Kerry, say, pulls the troops out of Iraq, but hopefully the adults will take charge and see that doesn't happen."

So, what's it coming down to – the key states?

"If Bush takes Pennsylvania and New Jersey early on, it's all over," Bennett opines.

Any more October surprises in store? We've had Ammo-gate going for the last couple of days.

"Oh, certainly - they'll cook something up. My son's midterm grades report card is coming out. Bush will probably get credit if he gets a low grade in Chemistry."

On a more serious note, Bennett says what will push Bush over the top is the fact that he is "strong and resolute."

"And then there's the asymmetry," he adds. "Bush is the man in the arena - versus Kerry the spectator, the opportunist. Sure, the Bush record has both taints and honors, but that is up against a no-show, a man best known for just being in opposition."

Bennett thinks that Kerry continues to shoot himself in the foot – most recently with his prevarications about Saddam Hussein. If Kerry had been commander-in-chief "Hussein might still be there, or maybe he wouldn't ...," he recalls as a late blooming Kerry flip-flop.

When told that billionaire activist George Soros sounded down in the dumps about Kerry's chances in 2004 at a National Press Club luncheon yesterday, Bennett was pleased. "You know, I can't begin to understand the mind of George Soros. I once debated him on CNBC's Capital Report."

What about the gay marriage issue?

"I wish the gay marriage issue would have come more into play. It has a lot of resonance. We should have hit it more. For one reason or another, it has remained the sleeper issue."

What should Bush be doing in the closing inning?

"Stay direct and hard-hitting; continue to display his convictions and faith," replies Bennett.

In other words, George Bush should be like Bill Bennett. You can hear Bennett's direct, hard-hitting commentaries every weekday morning on his fast-growing "Bill Bennett's Morning in America" show (6:00-9:00 a.m. EST) syndicated by the Salem Radio Network.

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