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DNC: We Never Used Extreme Rhetoric When Bush Was President

DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse speaks to MSNBC's Martin Bashir about RNC Chairman Reince Priebus comparing Obama to the captain of the wrecked Italian cruise ship.

Woodhouse says he never remembers anyone going after Bush during his presidency the way Republicans are attacking Obama. Woodhouse said Democrats never equated Bush to a terrorist or as someone who had committed manslaughter.

"Many Republicans will say didn't Democrats attack George Bush in exactly the same way. what's your response to that?," Bashir asked Woodhouse.

"I don't remember anything that equates from official Democratic Party. I mean, of course there are interest groups and people have their say, but I don't remember anything coming from Democratic Party about George W. Bush being equated to a terrorist or George W. Bush being equated to somebody who has been accused of manslaughter. I don't remember anybody questioning some of the things about George W. Bush that have been questioned about the president. I don't remember an opposing Governor wagging his or her finger in president George W. Bush's face," Woodhouse said.

"The truth is, is that the Republican Party starts from a core of extreme positions and it seems that leads to extreme rhetoric when things don't work out for them with the voters," he said.

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