9/7/04 9:00 AM EST
Kerry Criticizes Iraq War, Prompting Bush To Accuse Him Of Flip-Flopping
Even as Sen. Kerry tried to move the focus of his campaign to domestic issues, the Iraq issue continues to dominate the debate, overshadowing his message on the economy and health care. ABC World News Tonight reported last night that as Kerry tried out his new emphasis on domestic politics, he "was asked about Iraq at an event this morning in Pennsylvania. He said, as President, he'd try to get US troops home before the end of his first term. And then, he added this." Kerry: "It's the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time." That "caught the President's attention, because Kerry voted for the war. And said recently, he'd vote for it again, though he would conduct it differently." Bush: "My opponent woke up this morning with new campaign advisers and yet another new position. Suddenly, he's against it again." NBC Nightly News notes the Bush team "quickly seized" on Kerry's statement on Iraq "hoping to cement the image of Kerry as a flip-flopper. Bush's remark was led this morning's newscast on ABC News Radio. Vice President Cheney, campaigning in Iowa, also responded to Kerry. According to the Washington Post, he said, "When it comes to diplomacy, it looks to me like John Kerry should stick to windsurfing."