by Big Dog on Oct 9, 2004 at 01:12 Political
President George W. Bush, who last week turned in a less than stellar performance in debate number one, redeemed himself in the second presidential debate. The president, needing at least a tie to stop Kerry’s media hyped bounce, delivered a knock out punch by continually attacking John Kerry’s dismal twenty year senate record.
The debate started of fairly even with both men trading barbs while answering questions from the audience. When the president had the opportunity to attack Kerry’s senate record he did so and he struck a nerve with the senator. John Kerry took exception to being “labeled” and said that did not do any good he then went on to attack the president’s performance over the past three and a half years. Kerry is still using hindsight to judge the president’s actions. He continues to mislead Americans by using what we know now to fault decisions made then. True to his form Kerry evaded a number of questions and either lied or flip-flopped on many others. One of the last questions he got boiled down to would you use federal money to fund abortions? Go back and read the transcript or watch the clip. John Kerry does not answer this question. He gives false praise and he dances around his religious beliefs but he NEVER answers the question. This folks, is a yes or no answer. He had two minutes and did not answer it. I will address some of the lies and flip-flops here. Remember, this is not third party stuff. These are Kerry’s own words. He told you he has always been consistent. Let us see if that is accurate.
How about the $87 billion that we always hear about? Has he been consistent on that?
Kerry Has Already Taken Eight Positions On The $87 Billion
1. Kerry Said It Would Be “Irresponsible” To Vote Against Funding Troops.
(CBS’ “Face the Nation,” 9/14/03)
2. Kerry Claims “I Actually Did Vote For The $87 Billion Before I Voted Against It.” (Sen. John Kerry, Speech In Huntington, WV, 3/16/04)
3. Kerry Later Said He Was “Proud” That He Voted Against $87 Billion In Funding For U.S. Soldiers. (John Kerry, Remarks at “Women’s Voices: A Luncheon with John Kerry,” Boston, MA, 7/12/04)
4. Kerry Then Said His Vote Against Body Armor And Supplies For Troops Was “Complicated.” (MSNBC’s “Imus in the Morning,”7/15/04)
5. Kerry Even Said His Vote For The War And Against Funding For Our Troops Was “Not A Flip-Flop.” (CBS’ “Evening News,” 7/21/04)
6. Kerry Then Defended His Vote Against The $87 Billion By Saying President Bush “Didn’t Have A Plan To Win The Peace, It Was Irresponsible To Give [President Bush] A Blank Check That Gave $20 Billion That Was Going To Go?To Halliburton And All These Other Companies.” (Mike Allen And Lois Romano, “Closing Laps In Race To November,” The Washington Post, 9/4/04)
7. Kerry Said He’s “Glad” He Voted Against The Iraq Supplemental. (CBS’ “The Late Show With David Letterman,” 9/20/04)
8. Kerry Said His Vote Against The Iraq Supplemental “Was A Protest. Sometimes You Have To Stand Up And Be Counted.” (ABC’s “Good Morning America,” 9/29/04
Kerry said not to throw labels around they don’t mean anything.
How about this quote from the St. Louis Dispatch from 1991:
“I’m A Liberal And Proud Of It.”
Labels were OK then but when they paint a negative picture they don’t mean anything.
Then there was this from the debate:
Now, The Three Things They Try To Say I’ve Changed Position On Are The Patriot
Act. I Haven’t. I Support It
So John, you have not changed positions on the Patriot Act? How about this?
“So it is time to end the era of John Ashcroft. That starts with replacing the Patriot Act with a new law that protects our people and our liberties at the same time.” (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At Iowa State University, 12/1/03)
We are a nation of laws and liberties, not of a knock in the night. So it is time to end the era of John Ashcroft. That starts with replacing the Patriot Act with a new law that protects our people and our liberties at the same time. I’ve been a District Attorney and I know that what law enforcement needs are real tools not restrictions on American’s basic rights.” (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At Iowa State University, 12/1/03)
John Kerry says he has been the model of consistency on Iraq. His toadies on the left have been telling us on the post debate shows how resolute John has been. Well, how about these eleven different consistent positions?
1. October 2002: Kerry Voted For Use Of Force Resolution Against
2. April 2003: Kerry Promised Not To Attack President When War Began, But Weeks Later, With Troops Just Miles From Baghdad, Kerry Broke His Pledge And Called For “Regime Change In The United States.”
3. May 2003: In First Dem Debate, Kerry Strongly Supported
President’s Action In Iraq.
4. September 2003: Kerry Said Voting Against The $87 Billion Supplemental Would Be “Irresponsible.”
5. October 2003: Kerry Voted Against The $87 Billion Supplemental Supporting Our Troops.
6. January 2004: After Voting For War And Trailing Candidate Howard Dean In The Democrat Primaries, Kerry Says He Is Anti-War Candidate.
7. August 2004: In Response To President’s Question About How He Would Have Voted If He Knew Then What He Knows Now, Kerry Confirmed That He Would Still Have Voted For Use Of Force Resolution.
8. September 2004: Kerry: Iraq Is “The Wrong War In The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time.”
9. September 2004: Kerry Says There Were No Circumstances Under Which We
Should Have Gone To War, But He Was Still Right To Vote For It.
10. Kerry Said That The Removal Of Saddam Hussein Has Left America
11. Kerry On Whether The Iraq War Was Worth “It Depends On The Outcome.”
John Kerry said president Bush rushed to war. But this is what he said back then:
“Senator John F. Kerry ? had lambasted Bush’s diplomatic efforts, despite voting last fall in support of a congressional resolution authorizing military action to disarm Iraq of any weapons of mass destruction. ‘It appears that with the deadline for exile come and gone, Saddam Hussein has chosen to make military force the ultimate weapons inspections enforcement mechanism,’ Kerry said.” (Glen Johnson, “Critics Of Bush Voice Support For The Troops,” The Boston Globe, 3/20/03)
Is it just me, or does this show there was a deadline that passed and that Kerry says Hussein HAS CHOSEN?
And now for one of my favorites, tort reform. John Kerry said tonight that he was for tort reform. But what does his record show?
Kerry Opposed Or Voted To Block Medical Liability Reform At Least Ten Times.
Kerry Missed Both 2004 Votes On Medical Liability Reform.
Kerry told us that medical liability was a small portion of the medical expenses. What do the experts say?
Medical Liability Reform Could Save Between $60 Billion And $108 Billion In Health Care Costs Annually, Making Health Insurance More Affordable For Millions.
And now for the real reason that John Kerry will NEVER support tort reform:
Since 1989, Kerry Has Received $15,217,154 From Lawyers, Most Of Any Senator In That Time Period. (Center For Responsive Politics Website)
John Kerry looked in to the camera and said he would not raise taxes on anyone making under $200k per year. What does his record say?
In 1995, Kerry Voted For A Resolution That Said Middle Class Tax Cuts Were Not Wise. The sense of the Senate amendment, killed on a motion by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), said, “reducing the deficit should be one of the nation’s highest priorities, and that a middle-class tax cut would undermine and be inconsistent with the goal of achieving a balanced budget.” (H.J. Res. 1, CQ Vote #67: Motion Agreed To 66-32: R 49-3; D 17-29, 2/14/95, Kerry Voted Nay)
Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), Sponsor Of Resolution, Said Senators Need “Will” To Resist Middle Class Tax Cut. (Sen. Russ Feingold, Congressional Record, 2/14/95, p. S2617)
Kerry Voted Against Amendment To FY 2004 Budget Resolution That Would Extend $1,000 Child Tax Credit Until 2013.
Kerry, D-Mass., motion to table (kill) the Gramm, R-Texas, amendment ? The Gramm amendment would allow couples with combined incomes under $50,000 a year to claim an additional $3,300 income tax deduction, thus eliminating the so-called marriage penalty for those in that income bracket.” Sen. Gramm’s marriage penalty relief would have saved taxpayers $46 billion over 10 years. The amendment also would allowed self-employed individuals to deduct health insurance costs on their income taxes. (S. 1415, CQ Vote #154: Rejected 48-50: R 5-49; D 43-1, 6/10/98, Kerry Voted Yea)
Kerry Voted Three Times Against Repealing The 1993 Clinton Tax Increase On Social Security Benefits
Kerry Voted Against The 2001 And 2003 Tax Cuts
So there you have it folks, John Kerry’s record, many items with cited sources. Look them up and then determine how credible he is when he looks in the camera and says he has been consistent. This is one of the many reasons George Bush won the debate and will win the election in November.Follow @onebigdog
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