Democratic Party now Criticizing John Kerry Approach to the War on Terror
by Landon Howell
Owner & Editor
In An Effort To Distance Himself From John Kerry, Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle Is Running An Advertisement For His Senate Reelection Campaign With Footage Of Him Hugging President Bush. Despite Republicans' occasional calls for greater bipartisanship, some think Senate Minority Leader Thomas A. Daschle (D-S.D.) has gone way overboard in his latest TV campaign ad. The 60-second spot shows Daschle and President Bush embracing on the House floor the day Bush addressed Congress after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. [John] Thune, meeting with reporters here Tuesday, called the ad complete hypocrisy and a farcical ploy. He said it suggests Daschle's campaign is slipping in a state where Republicans easily outnumber Democrats and Bush is expected to win easily. The Republican National Committee called on Daschle to stop running the ad. (Brian Faler, Adding Insults To Injuries, The Washington Post, 9/1/04)
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi "Can't Understand" John Kerry's Position On Iraq. "Calling President Bush's invasion of Iraq 'a grotesque mistake,' Nancy Pelosi, the highest-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, said in Las Vegas Wednesday that she can't understand why John Kerry has said he still would have 'voted to give the president the authority to go to war' even had he known there were no stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction, Bush's original justification for war." (Paul Harasim, "Pelosi visits LV to support Gallagher," Las Vegas Review-Journal, 8/26/04)
John Kerrys Record Of Voting Against Our Troops
Senators Kerry And Edwards Are Two Of Only Four US Senators Who Voted For The Use Of Force Resolution Against Iraq And Against The $87 Billion Supplemental Supporting Our Troops.
Kerry Originally Said It Would Be Irresponsible To Vote Against Funding Troops.
In Trying To Defend His Vote Against The $87 Billion, Kerry Said, I Actually Voted For The $87 Billion Before I Voted Against It.
Kerry Later Said He Was Proud That He And Edwards Voted Against The $87 Billion In Funding For U.S. Soldiers And That His Vote Was Complicated. There is nothing complicated about voting to fund our troops in the field.
Kerry Even Said His Vote For The War And Against Funding For Our Troops Was Not A Flip-Flop.
Kerry Recently Pledged To Reduce The Number Of Troops In Iraq Within His First Six Months In Office. This is the wrong message to send to our allies and the people who enjoy freedom in Iraq.
Kerry Has Mocked Our Coalition Of Allies In Iraq As Coerced And Bribed.
Kerry's Troubling Record On The War On Terror
Kerry Implied That Force Is Only Required After A Terrorist Attack: Let there be no mistake: I will never hesitate to use force when it is required. Any attack will be met with a swift and certain response. (Sen. John Kerry, Nomination Acceptance Speech, Boston, MA, 7/29/04)
Kerry Believes The War On Terror Is Far Less A Military Operation And Far More A Law-Enforcement And Intelligence Gathering Operation.
While Serving On The Senate Intelligence Committee, Kerry Missed 76 Percent Of The Public Intelligence Committee Hearings.
In 1994, One Year After The First World Trade Center Bombing, Kerry Proposed An Amendment To Cut Intel By $6 Billion Over Six Years. Fortunately, 75 Senators, including Sen. Ted Kennedy voted against Kerry's amendment.
Chairman Of The Senate Select Committee On Intelligence Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), Speaker Of The House Dennis Hastert (R-IL) And Others Have Said Kerry And Edwards Should Ask For The Release Of Their Attendance Records At Public And Private Hearings.
[Edited by bb on 09-06-2004 at 10:52 PM]