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The Ratty Bureaucrat

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In the 2000 US Presidential Bush presidential campaign was accused of dirty tricks yesterday, after it was discovered that the word "rats" appeared subliminally in a Republican political broadcast targeting Democratic health care proposals.

The offending word, in large white capital letters, flashes against a black background for a thirtieth of a second as a woman narrator criticises Vice President Al Gore's plan for government funding of prescriptions for pensioners.

George W Bush ridiculed as "bizarre and weird" accusations that his campaign was trying to use such underhand techniques to discredit his opponent. Yesterday, however, he announced that the $2.5m (£1.3m) advertising campaign would be withdrawn.

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