Thursday, September 23, 2004

'Fahrenheit 9/11' maker's UA talk has campus Republicans hot

Filmmaker Michael Moore is bringing his controversial rant against President Bush to the University of Arizona.

And the plan to bring in a costly, left-leaning speaker isn't going over well with campus Republicans.

The outspoken movie maker, whose film "Fahrenheit 9/11" has been a box-office smash and raised conservative hackles this campaign season, will speak at UA's McKale Center on Oct. 11 as part of the Associated Students of the University of Arizona Speaker's series.

UA College Republicans say his appearance smacks of partisan politics on the part of a group that is supposed to be apolitical.

"We have talked numerous times to student senators about bringing on (conservative) speakers like Ann Coulter or Sean Hannity, and we've been told time and again that they won't pay to bring partisan political speakers here," said Pete Seat, a UA senior and state chairman of the College Republicans. "Now here comes Michael Moore."

Fernando Ascencio, director of the ASUA Speakers Board, said Moore is among a number of speakers intended to present all sides of the political discussion.

"We are bringing in speakers from all political philosophies so the students can make sure they get engaged as informed voters," Ascencio said.

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