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Wednesday, 21 January 2004

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Bolton, pictured above on the cover of his first album of all-original material, "Bolton Comes Alive!"

Singer Michael Bolton, who showed up in Iowa to endorse Dick Gephardt to be the democratic presidential nominee, simply remade an earlier endorsement speech, it has been learned.

When the news was made public, a distinct lack of shock was noticable in the democratic camps of all candidates.

"This just goes right up there with his remakes of 'Sittin' on the dock of the bay', 'A whiter shade of pale', 'Lean on me', and dozens of others," Said a DNC spokesman.

"Now you can add to his list of remakes George McGovern's 1960 endorsement speech for John F. Kennedy."

Bolton tells it differently. "It's not a remake, persay. My inflection and tone is far different than McGovern's was in 1960. The words are the same, mostly, but I bring new feeling and emotion to the speech."

Critics say Bolton simply took McGovern's speech and substituted "Gephardt" wherever "Kennedy" appeared. Bolton was also accused of using lyrics from a famous Louis Armstrong song in his Gephardt endorsement.

Said Bolton in the close of his speech, "Dick sees trees of green. Red roses too. He'll make 'em bloom...for me and you. And Gephardt as president will make you say to yourself... 'what a wonderful world.'"

Gephardt was angered that his endorser remade the speech of somebody else, and dropped out of the race. "He won't stop stealing other peoples' work, and I just can't continue the campaign with that annoyance", said the Congressman.

It has also been learned that shortly after Gephardt bowed out of the race, Bolton placed a call to console the presidential hopeful, telling him, "Carry on my wayward son...there'll be peace when you are done."

Gephardt reportedly shook his head and hung up the phone.

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