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Friday, Oct. 17, 2003


California recall offers hope: Moore

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Filmmaker Michael Moore told students at Butler University that last week's California recall election offered hope for democracy -- and for defeating President George W. Bush next year.

"Anytime you have an angry mob of voters, that can't be a bad thing," the Oscar-winning maker of "Bowling for Columbine" and author of best seller "Stupid White Men" told an audience of about 2,100 people during a speech Monday.

The rotund, scruffy-bearded activist who has repeatedly criticized the war in Iraq, said he hoped voters would be angry enough to deny Bush a second term.

Hollywood action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor in California last week as Gov. Gray Davis became only the second governor in the nation ever to be recalled.

Moore was visiting the Indianapolis college one week after his latest book, "Dude, Where's My Country?" went on sale.

His speech was sponsored by Butler's Visiting Writers Series, Hoosiers Concerned About Gun Violence and Plowshares Collaborative, a peace studies program at three Indiana colleges.

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