Kerry Criticizes Bush On Economy, Homeland Security, Iraq
On Imus In The Morning, host Don Imus spoke by phone with John Kerry, who was in Detroit. Asked about the role of James Carville and Paul Begala in the campaign, Kerry said the two former Clinton operatives gave "good advice," and said they "do want us to win." Asked if Carville and Begala might have conflicting loyalties "when they want her to run in '08," Kerry said, "I don't agree with that. That's everybody's game, and speculation." Kerry said the choice in this election "is pretty simple. . . . We've lost 1.6 million jobs. He's the first President in 72 years to have lost jobs. We have a tax burden, and the share of the tax burden has gone up for the middle class, down for the wealthiest folks. Five million people have lost their healthcare. We have the largest budget deficits in American history. If people think we are moving in the right direction, go out and jump up and down and support George Bush. But if you believe that we can put people back to work and stop losing all of our jobs overseas, and create better jobs here, be fiscally responsible, and do a better job in terms of our relationships in the world, and start fighting terror in a smart, more effective way, I think there is a new direction. That is the simple choice. Ever time George Bush has had a choice, he has really chosen, I think, the wrong thing." Kerry sharply challenged the Bush Administration's handling of homeland security, saying Bush "has talked the game, but he hasn't done it." On Iraq, Kerry repeatedly assailed Bush for "alienated some of the most important allies of the US." Kerry said, "This President sent people to war without the state of the art equipment, without the allied support, without the kinds of judgments that should have been made beforehand. He says he's miscalculated, my God, the miscalculation was ignoring the advice of Gen. Shinseki, ignoring the advice of the military advisers." Regarding the anti-Kerry book "Unfit for Command," Kerry said, "A pack of lies, proven to be pack of lies, no interest in reading it."
Kerry also outlined his economic proposals this morning in an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal.
Kerry Pushes Health Care Message.
Sen. Kerry yesterday traveled to Wisconsin to promote his health care plans. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Kerry spoke "surrounded by three banners saying he was 'fighting for our seniors,'" and adds that he "strongly attacked President Bush's record on health care issues in a Milwaukee campaign appearance Tuesday and said he would do far better as president." Kerry challenged Bush's "credibility," stepping up what the Washington Post called "his campaign to convince voters President Bush is dishonest." Kerry charged yesterday that "the White House attempted to conceal government statistics showing the elderly will soon pay a much bigger share of their Social Security income on Medicare expenses. 'Once again, this administration hides the truth from the American people,' Kerry said."
GOP To Use Kerry's Lambeau Flub In Wisconsin.
The Washington Post reports John Kerry managed to offend "the most important" demographic in Wisconsin, Green Bay Packer fans, by mistaking the name of the "hallowed grounds on which the Packers play, the frozen tundra of Curly Lambeau Field." At a campaign event last month, Kerry "called it Lambert Field a slip of the tongue carried on television, in papers throughout the state and on ESPN's Web site." The Bush campaign is "planning to rehash the comment until Election Day as a way of portraying Kerry as detached from the beer-drinking, bratwurst-eating folks of Wisconsin."