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Michael Moore tour out for political blood, again

Two days before the presidential election, Michael Moore’s “Slacker Uprising Tour” stopped at Florida Atlantic University’s Boca Raton campus. A mixed crowd of students and community members gathered early to hear the outspoken critic of the Bush administration.

From behind a podium decorated with John Kerry signs, the Oscar-winning filmmaker and best-selling author delivered a clear message: get Bush out. “We are not going to let them do in this election what they did in 2000,” Moore said to a cheering crowd.

A press release on Moore’s website (www.michaelmoore.com) describes the tour as, “an effort to get traditional non-voters to the polls on November 2.” Moore’s goal is to see that over 56 percent of the public votes in the election. “The wealthy are not the ones who don’t vote,” said Moore. “It is the poor who don’t vote: the working class, young people and single mothers.” The vote of alienated individuals is what Moore argues will determine the election. “Low turnout they win, big turnout we win,” he said.

Moore openly endorsed Kerry and called him a man of courage and conscience. He addressed Kerry’s reputation as a flip-flopper by asking, “How can he be the Senate’s number one liberal and a flip-flopper at the same time?”

Moore compared present government policies with the policies a Kerry administration would bring. “When the Bush administration enacts a law, it’s to benefit the few,” he said. “When Kerry is in office everyone will benefit, even Republicans.”

Much criticism was directed toward President Bush. Moore referred to Bush’s Texas ranch as a movie set and said he was on vacation during his first eight months of office. He led the crowd in a chant of, “Bush has to go!”

To encourage members of the crowd to volunteer in getting out the vote, Moore offered free copies of his books and movies.

Moore momentarily directed his attention away from election issues to give details on his next film. “It is going to be about HMOs and the healthcare industry,” he said. The film is already creating panic among healthcare firms. Moore cited a Chicago Tribune article with the headline, “Healthcare Firms on Lookout for Michael Moore.”

The article describes the measures companies are taking to protect themselves. Moore also had a copy of a memo e-mailed to him from a Pfizer employee. He says it warned employees to think twice about answering Moore’s questions and provided a phone number to report Moore’s presence. Moore says the phone number has been confirmed as belonging to Pfizer.

To reinforce his message, Moore brought with him two United States diplomats who resigned after disagreeing with the Bush administration’s approach to foreign policy, as well as former sitcom mom Roseanne Barr. The rock band The Goo Goo Dolls also performed.

The last stop of the “Slacker Uprising Tour” was in Tallahassee, where Moore had his last chance to convince voters to head to the polls.

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