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Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme chaired by David Dimbleby, was in Miami for a US election special programme on 28 October.

He was joined for the debate by writer and film-maker Michael Moore, former speechwriter to George W Bush David Frum, former advisor to President Clinton Sidney Blumenthal, journalist Richard Littlejohn and Lida Rodriguez-Taseff, chair of the Miami-Dade Electoral Reform Coalition.


Title: Writer and Film-maker

Career: Michael Moore has described President Bush as "a thief-in-chief, a trespasser on federal land, a squatter at the Oval Office".

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His unapologetic attacks on politicians, big business and whatever he sees as "social wrongs" have earned him many friends and enemies. His recent, controversial film, Fahrenheit 9/11, won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival and has gone on to become the highest earning documentary of all time.

He is among the world's best-selling non-fiction writers with books such as Stupid White Men, and won an Oscar for Bowling for Columbine, his documentary highlighting levels of gun crime in the United States.


Title: Writer

Career: The former speechwriter to George W Bush, David Frum is credited with the phrase "the axis of evil".

He is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and writes a daily column for National Review Online. He contributes frequently to the editorial pages of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, as well as to the UK's Daily Telegraph and Canada's National Post.  

David Frum is author of The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of George W Bush (2003), and co-author with Richard Perle of An End to Evil: What's Next in the War on Terror (2004).

Sidney Blumenthal


Title: Former Advisor to President Clinton

Career: The famously loyal former assistant to President Bill Clinton described his time in the White House in his 2003 book, The Clinton Wars.

Following the Monica Lewinsky affair, Sidney Blumenthal was quick to defend President Clinton and labelled Kenneth Starr's investigation and the allegations against the president as "a right-wing conspiracy." He was one of the witnesses in Clinton's impeachment trial .

Before joining the White House communications team in 1997 he had been a journalist, working for The Washington Post and Vanity Fair. He has since written several books, including The Rise of the Counter-Establishment.

Richard Littlejohn


Title: Journalist and Broadcaster

Career: Richard Littlejohn is well known for the forthright views he sets out in his column for the Sun newspaper.

Always opinionated and controversial, in 1997 he won Columnist of the Year at the British Press Awards. He is also a best-selling author with his first novel To Hell in a Handcart.

A Tottenham fan, he has hosted BBC Radio 5 Live's flagship football phone-in show 6-0-6, winning a Sony award for his work on the programme.

Lida Rodriguez-Taseff


Title: Civil Liberties Attorney

Career: Chair of the Miami-Dade Electoral Reform Coalition, Colombian-born Lida Rodriguez-Taseff has played a role in ensuring Florida's 2000 vote-counting controversy is not repeated.

Mr Bush won the presidency at the last election only after a series of recounts in the state, amid an emerging vocabulary of "hanging", "dimpled" and "pregnant chads". In this election, Florida's voters will be using new optical scanning or touch-screen voting equipment.

Lida Rodriguez-Taseff practises in the area of commercial litigation and was also president of the Miami chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union from 2001 to 2003.

BBC One: Thursday, 28 Oct 2004 at 22:45 BST
BBC World: Saturday 30 October at 0810, 1410, 2110 GMT; Sunday 31 Oct at 1810 GMT


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