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Oklahoma Governor Hopeful Uses Vulgarism
The Associated Press ^ | OCTOBER 15, 2002

Posted on 10/15/2002 3:48:25 PM PDT by Willie Green

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Steve Largent, Republican nominee for governor, used a vulgarism during a television interview and one of his opponents quickly aired a commercial criticizing him for it.

Largent called a question about his whereabouts during the Sept. 11 attacks ``bull----'' during a taped interview broadcast Sunday night at KOKH, the local Fox affiliate. The word was bleeped. He later issued an apology.

Largent, a football star turned politician who resigned from Congress to run for governor this year, was hunting in Idaho on Sept. 11, 2001. He didn't learn of the attacks until he emerged from the woods Sept. 13, but in his absence, his staff issued a statement indicating his reaction even though staffers were not in contact with him.

Largent did not like a question about that and other inquiries from KOKH anchor Andrew Speno, and said the discussion should center on the issues.

``That's not policy, that's bull..., all this stuff about where were you on 9-11,'' he said.

Gary Richardson, independent candidate for governor, quickly aired a television commercial that plays the bleeped remark twice and says the state needs a governor who shows more respect.

Brad Henry, the Democratic candidate, said the incident speaks volumes, adding, ``I think we've gotten 100 phone calls from people who were upset.''

In his apology, Largent said his wife reminded him that what is appropriate on a football field is not for a candidate.

``I lowered myself and gave an unprofessional and undignified response, and I regret that,'' he said. He said he also wrote a note of apology to Speno.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: Oklahoma
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1 posted on 10/15/2002 3:48:25 PM PDT by Willie Green
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To: Willie Green
What was wrong with his response? I like people who tell it how it is.
2 posted on 10/15/2002 3:50:24 PM PDT by ItisaReligionofPeace
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To: ItisaReligionofPeace
What was wrong with his response?

It's not "compassionate".

3 posted on 10/15/2002 3:53:47 PM PDT by Willie Green
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To: ItisaReligionofPeace
No sh!t. Picking on him over this, and then him apologizing, is bullsh!t.
4 posted on 10/15/2002 3:54:26 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Willie Green
Good, its about time somebody used the vernacular to put a media asshole in his place.

You know, like President Bush did to that Clymer puffball.

5 posted on 10/15/2002 3:54:29 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: Willie Green
Largent, a football star

Star? STAR?? The man is a god among mortals!

6 posted on 10/15/2002 3:55:08 PM PDT by Drango
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To: Willie Green
I'm not sure it's a vulgarism when it's accurate.
7 posted on 10/15/2002 3:59:12 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Willie Green
Political speak must follow the rules of the seven dirty words. So sayeth the master, George Carlin!

Rationally speaking this is all bull$h^t !!
9 posted on 10/15/2002 4:05:55 PM PDT by JoeSixPack1
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To: Willie Green
Hey, if Bill Clinton can let it all hang out with an intern in the Oral Office, a candidate can unintentionally use "BS" to refer to BS when he hears it.
10 posted on 10/15/2002 4:10:31 PM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: Willie Green
Hope they keep playing it, he should gain a couple of points!
Give 'em hell Steve!
11 posted on 10/15/2002 4:14:27 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch
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To: Willie Green
"That's not policy, that's bull HILLARY, all this stuff about where were you on 9-11"
12 posted on 10/15/2002 4:18:04 PM PDT by aught-6
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To: Willie Green
Brad Henry, the Democratic candidate, said the incident speaks volumes, adding, ``I think we've gotten 100 phone calls from people who were upset.''

So? I know thousands and thousands of people who were upset by President "Sinkmaster" Clinton using the nation's Home, the White House, as his personal glory-hole.

Address the nauseating bullsh*t in your own party, Mr. Henry, then you might have some leisure to criticize another.

13 posted on 10/15/2002 4:20:04 PM PDT by Illbay
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To: ItisaReligionofPeace
I guess it's news when a big-time evangelical Christian like Steve Largent lets a "bullshit" escape in public. They're not "allowed" (by people who don't like Evangelical Christians) to use bad language or make any mistakes whatsoever, because for some reason, the secular public thinks that to be a Christian means you can never make mistakes, or else you're a hypocrite. That whole sin-forgiveness cycle seems to go right over their heads.
14 posted on 10/15/2002 4:23:04 PM PDT by wimpycat
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To: Illbay
BAM!!! The ping jockey on target post of the day.
15 posted on 10/15/2002 4:24:59 PM PDT by ping jockey
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To: Willie Green
Oklahoma Governor Hopeful Uses Vulgarism

When I read this headline, I thought he might have had some reason to have spoken the name of the junior Senator from New York. But it turns out he just used the word "b-s-t," not "Hillary," so I don't see how he offended, or how this story has legs.

16 posted on 10/15/2002 4:28:02 PM PDT by churchillbuff
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To: Macross Jem
Ross Perot used the same word in a 1992 TV Guide interview. Interestingly, TV Guide chose to print the word.

PBS and David Frost let Richard Nixon say the same word -- (without the bull) on teevee.

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17 posted on 10/15/2002 4:41:28 PM PDT by JCG
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To: ItisaReligionofPeace
I like this guy.
18 posted on 10/15/2002 7:36:22 PM PDT by weikel
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