"You can expect the Democrats to have a very aggressive 100-day strategy and a strategy with Earth Day," said Democratic National Committee spokeswoman Jenny Backus.
Democrats are considering options to pressure Bush, including launching political advertisements and an aggressive press strategy.
Democrat operatives are busy preparing talking points and "fact" sheets intended to connect White House policy on everything from the theory of "global warming" to drinking water standards with campaign donations from industry.
White House spokesman Ari Fleischer Tuesday dismissed the attacks on Bush's environmental records. "The president is not concerned about his image. The president is concerned about results," Fleischer said.
Fleischer pointed out that most alleged environmental "rollbacks" simply halted policies Bill Clinton put in place in the last days or even hours before leaving the White House. He called Bush's environmental policy, a "balanced approach."
Democrats have not explained why, if Clinton actually did care about arsenic in drinking water, he waited more than seven years to tighten longtime standards. Bush's supporters note that mainstream media stories imply that he is loosening standards, when in fact he merely halted implementation of stricter standards that would cost consumers.
A coalition of special-interest groups Tuesday announced a series of ads designed to coincide with Earth Day on Sunday, linking Bush's environmental policy to other special interests.
The coalition of special-interest groups, operating under the banner "Save Our Environment," is set to run a multimillion dollar television advertising campaign in New Mexico, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, Louisiana, Oregon, Florida and Washington, D.C.
According to the ad script, the spots will claim that Bush's policy on drinking water standards, logging and the theory of "global warming" is designed "to help his coal, oil, mining and logging contributors."
Turner Foundation is considering launching a publicity campaign to coincide with Bush's 100 days in office that will concentrate on policy that affects the health and welfare of children and women.
Democrats hope the theme will stick because they say polling data indicate that Americans believe industry is calling the shots at the White House. A poll conducted last month by two liberal media outlets, CBS News and the New York Times, showed that 50 percent of Americans believe "other people" are running the government instead of Bush. Notably, such questions were not asked in polls about the Clinton administration, which critics say was under the influence of the Chinese and "other people."
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