Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Kerry Meets the Press...

As I am sure everyone knows by now, John F. Kerry did his first post-defeat interview with Tim Russert on 'Meet the Press' this Sunday. I just got a chance to sit down and watch it. I would just like to highlight some of the Senator's finer moments...indulge me please...

Iraqi Election
[The Iraqi election has] "gone as expected"...
"It is significant that there's a vote in Iraq..." BUT...
"No one in the U.S. should try to over-hype this election."
"Now we need a massive diplomatic effort and a major outreach to the world --something this administration has been unwilling to do."
"If a whole portion can't and doesn't vote...it's sort-of legitimate."
"This is the last chance for the President to get it right."
"Behave like you're really at war."
"A year and a half has gone by and was wasted because of the Administration's approach."
"The world is less safe than it was 2 1/2 years ago." -But Then -
Wait!, was this a slip up...he said "WE are safer with Saddam gone" and that he is "glad that Saddam is gone"...

The War
"Rumsfeld has mismanaged this war worse than ANY in modern history."
"We have 80,000 signatures on the petition on our website calling for Rumsfeld's resignation."
-He doesn't agree with Teddy that 12,000 troops should leave and doesn’t agree with Teddy that we need a specific exit timetable.
-BUT he DOES AGREE that "we have become the target and part of the problem, if not THE problem"...
"There are plenty of ways to skin this cat" (?!)
-He will vote yes for the new $80 billion because "There is a difference between now and then (the 87 billion) -there is a plan now."
-The $87 billion commercials spread lies and smears. (it was a tape of him talking -lol)
"[President Bush has] "set back America's interests and security."

He "won the popular vote in the battleground states."
He "won the Independent, Moderate and Democratic voters."
He "was in Cambodia and was ambushed there."
He will "sign Form 180 for complete access"..."Yes, I will."
As for running for President in 2008, he is "keeping his option open."
In response to 6 out of 10 Massachusetts voters saying that he shouldn't run in '08, he said, "I don't believe in polls."
"This was no mandate for conservatives --it was a mandate for unity."

Democratic Party
Though he said that Howard Dean did not have "the credibility and judgment to be President", he believes that he has the "credibility and judgment to be the head of the DNC."
"He is not too liberal to be the DNC chair"
"The DNC chair is NOT a spokesperson --he will help to modernize the party."
"The position of the Democratic Party is to defend the right to choose."
"I am personally against abortion and for parental notification.'
"I don't think President Bush wants to get rid of Roe V. Wade."

In Russert fashion, I pulled Kerry's own quotes that clash with almost every statement here --but I think I like the minimalist approach today...and will just leave it like this...

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