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2-24-04

Bush launches into campaign mode with swipe at Kerry and Democrats

Washington-AP -- After holding back for months, President Bush has launched his sharpest criticism yet of his Democratic rivals.

Before an audience of 14-hundred Republicans at a fund-raiser for G-O-P governors, Bush said Democrats are itching to raise taxes.

Bush recalled the Nine-Eleven attacks, signaling a willingness to use them for political gain -- something his aides had long promised he wouldn't do. The president says he will "never relent in bringing justice" to America's enemies.

Bush says Democratic presidential front-runner John Kerry has flip-flopped on NAFTA, the Patriot Act and Iraq.

Kerry is brushing off the criticism -- saying Bush doesn't have a "record to run on."

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