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Graham speech mistakenly posted on his Internet site

Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published May 6, 2003

MIAMI LAKES - Presidential campaigns usually keep their big speeches under wraps until the last minute. But a staffer for Sen. Bob Graham jumped the gun Monday by mistakenly posting a draft of the announcement speech on the campaign Web site.

The speech was billed as the one Graham will deliver in Miami Lakes this morning, but it had a few typographical errors and the layout appeared to be a rough draft. Beside the text was an excerpt that read, "alkdfj aoitjkl fn dklfn fklnsd sdklfn -- Bob Graham." The speech was posted Monday night at www.grahamforpresident.com but it was removed after a St. Petersburg Times reporter asked about it.

"The campaign made a mistake and pulled it down," said Graham spokesman Steve Jarding.

He said that it was an old version of the speech and that Graham will deliver a significantly different speech today.

"There are three or four different drafts floating around," Jarding said. "It won't be that draft."

The speech posted Monday night emphasized the need to protect the environment, balance the federal budget and protect civil rights.

"For as long as any of us can remember, America was a beacon for the world," it said. "Yet on all these basic American values, the Bush administration has reneged on America's promise and jeopardized our future."

It criticized President Bush for pushing tax cuts that benefit the wealthy.

"We need a president who will fight for our nation's economic future instead of the short-term interests of a special few. And most of all - most of all - it is time to bring America back together. This president sought office claiming to be a uniter not a divider - but he has united us only in our pride and support for our fighting men and women. He has otherwise pursued a divisive domestic agenda."

Times staff writer Craig Pittman contributed to this report.

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