Bush gaffe on doctor love

Bush has made an unexpected gaffe during his campaign for another term in office.

At a rally of cheering supporters in Missouri, Mr Bush offered a bizarre reason for cracking down on frivolous medical lawsuits.

“Too many OB-GYNs aren’t able to practice their love with women all across this country,” the US President told the rally.

Mr Bush, long known for verbal and grammatical lapses, included the anecdote about obstetrician gynaecologists in his speech attacking Democratic presidential rival Senator John Kerry and his running mate, Senator John Edwards, a former trial lawyer.

Mr Bush made his usual pitch for limiting “frivolous lawsuits” that he said drive up the cost of health care and run doctors out of business.

“We’ve got an issue in America. Too many good docs are getting out of business. Too many OB-GYNs aren’t able to practice their love with women all across this country,” he said.

Unfazed, Bush went on to deride his rivals as “pro-trial lawyers.”

He concluded, “I think you’ve got to make a choice. My opponent made his choice, and he put him on the ticket. I made my choice. I’m for medical liability reform now.”

President Bush and Senator Kerry clashed over the Iraq war and the US economy in their latest outings on the campaign trail.

Mr Bush seized on Senator Kerry’s latest criticism of the US-led war in Iraq. He said it was a new sign of the Massachusetts senator’s indecision.

Meanwhile the Democratic challenger says the record $A640.7 billion budget deficit predicted by the Congressional Budget Office is a new sign of Mr Bush’s inability to run the economy.

With 1,000 US military deaths in Iraq looming, Senator Kerry says it’s the wrong war, in the wrong place, at the wrong time.

Another poll has given Mr Bush a commanding lead, though the Democrats say this is a normal rebound after last week’s Republican convention.

The Gallup poll for CNN TV and the USA Today daily shows the incumbent leads Senator Kerry 52 percent to 45 percent.

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