Kerry's Campaign Says Bush is Running Negative Campaign

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:30 PM EDT

( - Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry's campaign manager is accusing the president of running a negative campaign against Kerry, accusing the senator of being unprincipled.

"Trailing badly in the polls, George W. Bush is launching a negative attack on John Kerry. Bush couldn't even put this ad on television -- because he won't appear in it to back up its claims," wrote Kerry's campaign manager, Mary Beth Cahill in an email soliciting contributions.

"In an attempt to avoid an honest discussion of the issues, Bush has chosen to make his first campaign message to the American people a misleading, negative attack on John Kerry -- before the Democratic nominee has been chosen," she added.

Cahill said President Bush sent a video clip, titled "Unprincipled" to "millions of Internet users."

"This video demonstrates two things: the Bush White House is going to run a gutter campaign, and their worst fear is a Democratic nominee named John Kerry," she wrote. "The clip attempts to cast Kerry as a pawn of the special interests. Well, we have three words for George W. Bush and his tactics: Bring. It. On."

Cahill defended Kerry from allegations that he has taken money from special interests, saying Bush is more vulnerable on the issue. Bush "has taken more special interest money than any person in history," she claimed.

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