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Tuesday, November 04, 2003

Not Quite, Mr. Chairman

From Anderson Cooper's interview with RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie on CNN last night:

COOPER: Do you think Democrats made a mistake by being too negative, by being--basically running on the idea that the economy is going to get worse and the war is going to go badly?

GILLESPIE: I do. And I have to say, I think it's, you know... It's almost unseemly. We saw great economic news in the last quarter. And it was... The Democrats acted almost with bitter disappointment that people were starting to get their jobs back.

Actually, despite the high GDP growth rate of 7.2 percent in the third quarter, the economy suffered a net loss of jobs. The Republicans sometimes try to slip statements like this by the public when discussing "recovery" when in fact the most important piece of the picture for most people, employment, remains in bad shape. (program transcript)