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John Kerry: “Bush Won’t Debate A Real Man”

A story so big it took both CBS and the Associated Press to report it:

"The president always sets up a straw man because he won’t debate a real man," Kerry snapped in an interview with columnist Joel Connelly of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Democrats Back Away From Kerry Joke

11/01/2006

UNDATED (CBS/AP) – A week before the midterm 2006 Congressional elections and the medium is the message. The controversy over Sen. John Kerry’s remark about the educational level of U.S. troops in Iraq just will not go away.

Even some Democrats are saying he should apologize. One canceled Kerry’s appearance on his behalf…

Kerry says he was talking about the president, but that he botched the joke. No way, said Mr. Bush at a campaign rally in Georgia. He accused the senator of a snide slam at the troops.

"The senator’s suggestion that the men and women of our military are somehow uneducated is insulting and shameful," the president said. "The members of the U.S. military are plenty smart and plenty brave and the senator from Massachusetts owes them an apology."

"I apologize to no one for my criticism of the president and of his broken policy," replied Kerry.

A few Democratic candidates joined Republicans Wednesday in pressing Kerry to apologize.

"Whatever the intent, Senator Kerry was wrong to say what he said," said Democratic Rep. Harold Ford Jr., running for Senate in Tennessee.

"Sen. Kerry’s remarks were poorly worded and just plain stupid," said Montana Senate President Jon Tester, a Democrat trying to unseat GOP Sen. Conrad Burns. "He owes our troops and their families an apology."

"Of course I’m sorry about a botched joke. You think I love botched jokes?" Kerry said during an appearance on Don Imus’ nationally syndicated CBS Radio program. "I mean, you know, it’s pretty stupid."

Kerry, a decorated war veteran who may run again for president, is not running for reelection. He was hurt in 2004 when he failed to respond to accusations about his military service. He vowed that wouldn’t happen again.

"I’m not going to give them one ounce of daylight to spread one of their lies and to play this game ever, ever again. That is a lesson I learned deep and hard," the senator said.

For Republicans, it is a chance to change the subject, reports Plante.

"The president always sets up a straw man because he won’t debate a real man," Kerry snapped in an interview with columnist Joel Connelly of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"I’m sorry that that’s happened," Kerry said on the Imus show about his earlier comment. "But I’m not going to stand back from the reality here, which is, they’re trying to change the subject. It’s their campaign of smear and fear."

"There’s no question that the Democrats have been trying to make this whole election about George Bush and about Iraq," says CBS News chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer. "So many of these Democrats are trying to link their opponents to the president."

"The Democrats think they have a winning issue here and going directly against the president and against this war. And the Republicans, obviously, are trying to change that subject," Schieffer added.

While Iowa Democratic Congressional candidate Bruce Braley canceled a campaign event scheduled later this week with Kerry, saying that the senator’s recent comments about the Iraq war were inappropriate, some Republicans have been trying to distance themselves from President Bush and the war in Iraq…

"If they are not running away, they are at least trying to put distance between themselves and the president," says Schieffer.

But Snow said he is not aware of any candidates who have canceled appearances with Mr. Bush.

"The president is going to a number of closely contested districts," Snow told Early Show co-anchor Hannah Storm. "This is a president who knows he can be a game-changer and will be in a number of races. More importantly, he can reinforce the message."

Surely the headline is mis-worded. It should read: "Democrats Back Away From Kerry Joke." Keep talking, Mr. Kerry. — Please.

And isn't it nice to see that Bob Schieffer has found new employment as a Democrat flack? (Not that he was ever anything else.)

"I’m not going to give them one ounce of daylight to spread one of their lies and to play this game ever, ever again. That is a lesson I learned deep and hard," the senator said.

Right. Any day now Mr. Kerry will answer the Swift Boat Veterans' detailed charges about his questionable actions during his four months in Vietnam.

Then Mr. Kerry will explain his numerous documented anti-American activities after he left Vietnam. (Such as meeting with North Vietnamese and Vietcong delegations in Paris.)

Any day now.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, November 1st, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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