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    For the entire month of October, 2004, there were no press briefings, only gaggles.  I could not find any references to "Jeff" in the transcripts, and because these were all gaggles, there was no AV to review.

    Maybe these should just be called "suspicious questions"- but I thought some were very significant; they created effective talking points for the Bush campaign in the last month of the election.

    1.  10/1/04

    Q What is a global test? Do you know what that means?

    MR. McCLELLAN: I think Senator Kerry was talking about how he would leave decisions like this to other countries. And the President has talked about the importance of building strong coalitions, and we have built strong coalitions to confront the threats we face in the world. But he also recognizes that -- he's not going to let some other country veto a decision when it comes to protecting the American people. He'll talk a little bit more about this in his remarks. I don't want to get too far into it yet.

    2.    10/13/04

    Q Can you give us a reaction on the NRA endorsement?

    MR. BARTLETT: I wasn't aware of it. They've supported the President in the past. The President believes that it is getting support from organization from all walks of life. The NRA recognizes that President Bush understands that law abiding citizens have a right to own firearms, as well as to keep the focus of our anti-crime policies on those who commit crimes with guns. So we've had their support in the past, and glad we have their support today.

    3.    10/14/04

    Q Scott, is this the second time the President has come back to Air Force One to chat with us? I know he did it early in his presidency, but I don't recall if he's done that since.

    MR. McCLELLAN: Well, he wanted to come back and --

    Q I'm just wondering is it the --

    MR. McCLELLAN: Oh. You know, that may be right; that sounds right, but I'd have to double-check.

    Q Is he going to keep visiting us? I mean, he's such a fun guest.

    MR. McCLELLAN: He was glad to come back here and visit with you all. He felt great about the debate last night. It was an opportunity for him to sharply contrast the substantive differences on the big issues facing the American people. And I think the President demonstrated that he is the strong finisher in this race, and the American people are starting to see that there are very real differences on the big priorities they face.

    4.    10/21/04

    Q Does the President have any take on some Catholic officials feeling that John Kerry should be denied communion and sacraments?

    MR. McCLELLAN: Look, those are questions you ought to direct to those religious leaders.

    5.    10/21/04

    Q Scott, what did the President think about Teresa Heinz Kerry saying that Mrs. Bush never had a real job?

    MR. McCLELLAN: I think that issue was addressed yesterday. I think Karen talked about it yesterday, and I think I'll leave it where Karen left it.

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