During interviews on the Sunday talk shows, Senator Kerry attempted to draw distinctions between his policy for Iraq and that of President Bush's. The lack of specificity, however, created some skepticism in the press today. The Washington Post reports Senator John Kerry "pledged Sunday he would substantially reduce U.S. troop strength in Iraq by the end of his first term in office but declined to offer any details of what he said is his plan to attract significantly more allied military and financial support there." The Post adds, "Reminded that he sounded like Richard M. Nixon, who campaigned in 1968 by saying he had a secret plan to end the war in Vietnam, Kerry responded: 'I don't care what it sounds like. The fact is that I'm not going to negotiate in public today without the presidency, without the power.'" The New York Post reports, "When pressed on how many of the 140,000 American troops now in Iraq would be able to return stateside by the end of his term, Kerry declined to give specifics, saying only he would 'change the entire equation.'" Kerry "added that he didn't anticipate sending more troops to Iraq should he win the race for the White House."
Lieberman Sees Little Difference Between Bush, Kerry Iraq Policies.
Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman said on CNN's Late Edition, "I don't see much difference between President Bush's policies and Senator Kerry's policies or intentions to carry out policies in Iraq. They both understand we've got to finish the job."