Monday, September 27, 2004

Michael Moore brings pre-election speaking tour to Michigan

ELK RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- Filmmaker Michael Moore on Sunday implored "slackers" who usually don't vote to head to the polls this year, saying they could make the difference in the presidential race.

"If there ever were a time it was important to get involved in your country, this is the time," said Moore, an outspoken critic of President Bush.

The director of "Fahrenheit 9/11," a documentary that attacks Bush's handling of the fight against terrorism and the war in Iraq, spoke in this northern Michigan town on the first leg of a 60-city pre-election tour.

He praised U.S. Sen. John Kerry for taking a more combative approach in recent days and argued that most Americans agree with the Democratic nominee on the issues despite polls showing Bush in the lead.

"In the last couple of weeks, (Kerry) has stopped listening to the wrong people and he's listening to himself and he's being himself," Moore said at a news conference before a rally. "I don't think he's going to tolerate these attacks any longer."

Moore offered Kerry some advice for the presidential debates, the first of which is Thursday. If Bush accuses him of flip-flopping on the war in Iraq, Moore said, Kerry should reply, "I had only one position: I believed you and you let us down."

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