Thursday, September 23, 2004 : Moore brings political perspective to Syracuse University

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Documentarian and liberal rabble-rouser Michael Moore railed against the Bush administration and the war in Iraq and implored a sellout crowd of 10,000 people to vote in the Nov. 2 election.

"You can't sit out this election. You must vote," he said.

Moore also encouraged his audience to quit complaining about Bush and take up the cause of defeating him. He asked them to travel to neighboring states -- especially battleground states like Pennsylvania and Ohio -- and volunteer for Democrat John Kerry's campaign.

The Slacker Uprising Tour, as Moore calls it, is concentrating on 20 swing states in the presidential election. Although New York is expected to go to Kerry, Moore visited the Carrier Dome anyway for a two-hour-plus performance that was part political stump speech and part standup comedy.

Moore is the director of "Fahrenheit 9/11," a documentary about the Bush administration's actions after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The film received the Best Picture Award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival but has drawn strong protest in the United States.

Moore criticized Bush for starting an "illegal and immoral" war on the basis of lies -- a war Moore said could not be won.

"Wars of liberation have to be organic. The people have to rise up," Moore told a decidedly receptive audience. "This war is so wrong. This is Vietnam again."

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