Sink or Swim: T. Boone Pickens On Why He's Off the Swift Boat

George Soros

T. Boone Pickens, out to sell his plan that would ween the U.S. and A. off foreign oil, gave an interview to The Washington Post this morning, in which the Dallas billionaire addresses his decision not to swift boat a presidential candidate this year. This, eight months after he backed out of his bet with John Kerry; oh, well. Said Pickens of his decision to sink Kerry in '04:

The way Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens recalls it, he was sitting in a Dallas conference room earlier this year with other wealthy Republicans, discussing plans for financing an ad campaign to support Sen. John McCain's bid for president, when it hit him -- ending the nation's dependence on foreign oil was more important than who reaches the White House in 2008. ... Four years ago, Pickens said he got involved in defeating Kerry because "You're looking at what George Soros is doing on the other side, and thinking, 'What can we do to offset this?'"

Really, this is all George Soros' fault? --Robert Wilonsky

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