George Soros, the billionaire financier who has put millions of his own money into anti-Bush efforts, will take his attacks on the road, he announced yesterday, visiting several battleground states to speak against the president.
Soros, 74, says he will travel to 12 cities, including stops in the swing states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa and Florida, beginning Oct. 5, Agence France-Presse reported. He plans to meet with both the public and the media.
As WorldNetDaily reported, a year ago, Soros announced he would raise $75 million to combat Bush, including over $15 million of his own cash.
As part of his efforts, Soros has written a pamphlet entitled “Why we must not re-elect President Bush,” and says he’s mailing it to 2 million voters. He also has launched a new website, GeorgeSoros.com, on which he laments, “I have been demonized by the Bush campaign, but I hope you will give me a hearing.”
“There is no way to avoid a smear campaign,” Soros said at a press conference yesterday. “It`s in full swing. All I can do is get my message out and try to have people listen.”
The Republican National Committee issued a statement in response to Soros’ announcement.
“The only explanation for the Daddy Warbucks of the Democratic Party … to step out from behind the curtain 35 days before the election is his obvious concern for his investment in John Kerry,” the statement read. Agence France-Presse reported Soros has contributed $12 million to the Kerry campaign.
Soros said he was “eager to reach Republicans who might vote for Bush out of party loyalty,” and intends to “reach out to the business community, especially among the traditional conservatives.”
The Hungarian-born American has been critical of Bush’s policies in the Middle East.
Says Soros on his site: “As I shall try to show, we are facing a vicious circle of escalating violence with no end in sight [in Iraq]. But if we repudiate the Bush policies at the polls, we shall have a better chance to regain the respect and support of the world and to break the vicious circle.”
As WorldNetDaily reported, Soros told left-wing activists at a Washington function in June the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal in Iraq is comparable to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.
“The picture of torture in Saddam’s prison was a moment of truth for us,” Soros said at a meeting of Campaign for America’s Future.
“I think that those pictures hit us the same way as the terrorist attack itself, not quite with the same force, because in the terrorist attack, we were the victims. In the pictures, we were the perpetrators and others were the victims.”