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ZELL MILLER CHALLENGES CINDY SHEEHAN TO DUEL
Former Georgia Senator Prepared to Defend President's Honor
President Bush picked up an impassioned supporter in his conflict with antiwar protesters outside his Crawford, Texas ranch today, as former Georgia senator Zell Miller challenged protester Cindy Sheehan to a duel.
Dressed in what he called "an eighteenth century dueling costume" and brandishing a gleaming antique sword, Senator Miller said that Ms. Sheehan had "besmirched the president's honor" and that he intended to defend it.
"When I saw Cindy Sheehan protesting outside President Bush's ranch, I said, 'Sir, I wish we lived in the days when you could challenge a person to a duel!'" Senator Miller said, seemingly referring to Ms. Sheehan as "Sir."
The former senator said he would travel to Crawford in the next forty-eight hours to "throw a glove at Cindy Sheehan," shortly after which he expected a duel with the antiwar protester to commence.
At the White House, spokesman Scott McClellan said that Senator Miller's decision to challenge Ms. Sheehan to a duel was his and his alone, but added that deputy chief of staff Karl Rove would be willing to serve as the former senator's second.
Meanwhile, President Bush used his weekly radio address to send the message that he intends to "stay the course" in his war against Cindy Sheehan.
Mr. Bush's remarks came amid new polls showing that public support for the war against Cindy Sheehan is on the wane.
"Cindy Sheehan is a formidable enemy, but through stubbornness and inflexibility I will prevail," he said.
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