From: The Politics1 Report <publisher@...
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Date: Wednesday, September 01, 1999 10:49 AM
Subject: EXCLUSIVE STORY!! - The Politics1 Report - September 1, 1999
>The Politics1 Report - http://www.politics1.com/
>STEVE FORBES' DREAM TEAM ... OR INSIDE JOKE: JEB BUSH FOR VEEP?
> **** A POLITICS1 REPORT Exclusive ****
>Wealthy publisher Steve Forbes (R-NJ) hasn't won the GOP Presidential
>nomination yet. In fact, he's yet to defeat frontrunner George W. Bush
>(R-TX) in any major contest to date. Those trivialities aside, actions
>taken by the Forbes campaign indicate that Forbes has either already
>decided upon a runningmate -- Florida Governor Jeb Bush -- or is engaging
>in an elaborate practical joke to taunt the George W. Bush campaign.
>A review of Internet domain name registrations supports these conclusions.
>Network Solutions, Inc., is the official Internet registry -- formerly
>referred to as "InterNic" -- which is responsible for the assignment,
>recording and management of all United States Internet domain names (i.e.,
>all web addresses that end in .com, .edu and .org). According to these
>records, Forbes' official campaign web site -- http://www.forbes2000.com/
>-- was registered to the Cincinnati communications consulting firm of
>Hensley Segal Rentschler, Inc. (HSR), on April 9, 1999. HSR selected the
>site name, designed the highly acclaimed political site and maintains it.
>HSR has also quietly registered a series of potential Forbes runningmate
>site -- and Jeb Bush is the only runningmate named in any of the nineteen
>variations that HSR registered on behalf of the Forbes campaign. The
>nineteen Forbes-Bush domain names registered by HSR are:
>While none of the domain names are currently active online, HSR and Forbes
>now own all of these future site names. The Network Solutions registry
>records for these domains can be viewed online at
>(Note: if the address is truncated in this email report onto two lines,
>the entire text of the URL must be written on one line in order to view
>HSR's timing of the domain name registrations raises questions about the
>seriousness of Jeb Bush as Forbes' Vice Presidential choice. On May 12,
>the Politics1 Report broke the exclusive story that George W. Bush's top
>campaign adviser, Karl Rove, had registered Internet domain names for four
>potential Bush runningmate tickets: Governors Tom Ridge (R-PA), Christie
>Whitman (R-NJ), John Engler (R-MI) or George Pataki (R-NY). The AP, USA
>Today, Washington Post and others quickly picked up our exclusive story.
>Forbes campaign communications director Greg Muller immediately responded
>to the reports on May 12 by blasting Bush for being so presumptuous as to
>already be thinking of a runningmate before he had secured the
>Presidential nomination. Muller also attacked three of the four choices
>as pro-choice moderates -- all except Engler -- and proof that Bush was
>not a true conservative. The next day, HSR registered the nineteen domain
>names suggesting a ticket of Forbes and George W. Bush's brother.
>Forbes campaign press aide Kendrick Ashton said "we feel there will always
>be room for a Bush on the Forbes ticket. It just happens to be Jeb Bush."
>Beyond that brief statement, Ashton declined to explain the reasoning for
>the decision. Ashton did, however, confirm that the Forbes campaign
>authorized HSR to purchase the nineteen domain names.
>George W. Bush spokeswoman Mindy Tucker -- who initially described the
>Forbes campaign action as "bizarre" -- suggested that "maybe Steve Forbes
>should check out our website at www.georgewbush.com and he will see that
>Jeb Bush and 22 other Governors have endorsed George W. Bush for
>President." Lucia Ross, Governor Jeb Bush's press secretary, said that
>the Forbes campaign "must be playing a prank." Ross added that "it's a
>joke" if Forbes seriously believes Jeb Bush would do anything to undermine
>his brother's campaign.
>Until next time,
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