Skip to comments.Kerry: Obama Won't Be Swift Boated
Posted on 04/05/2008 4:16:22 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3
LANSDOWNE, Pa. - Sen. John Kerry reached out to veterans here on Barack Obama's behalf Saturday, saying he believes Obama is more prepared to be commander in chief than Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton were when they took office.
Kerry told the crowd he did not think Obama would be victimized by GOP attacks the way he was in 2004 by the "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth." Kerry took responsibility for not fighting the Swift Boat assaults more effectively, but he said advisors, including Bill Clinton, suggested he not defend himself aggressively.
"We didn't lose to them, I didn't lose to them, because we didn't answer it with the truth," Kerry said. "We did. We just didn't do it enough."
He said his campaign did not put enough money behind a campaign to counter the Swift Boat ads.
"We're not gonna get that close" to repeating the mistake, Kerry said. "We're just gonna come right back so hard and so fast."
Kerry said Obama had foreign policy experience from his travels abroad and service in the Senate and that he has a better understanding of foreign affairs than other successful presidents, including Reagan and Clinton.
"I believe he brings to the table a clear, sober sense of how you put into place the kinds of policies that will maximize America's weapons in their totality," Kerry said. "And one of the great lessons is no president should ever, ever, ever be allowed to go to war because he wants to. We should only go to war because we have to, and that's clear."
He also said there was a "night and day difference" between McCain and Obama's philosophies on Iraq troop deployment.
"Barack Obama is the only person running for president today who understood Iraq from the beginning, who declared his position on it clearly in the beginning, and who has expressed a foreign policy throughout this that I think captures the needs of our country, and frankly the needs of the world," he said.
Kerry also met with voters canvassing for Obama on Saturday. He will campaign in Carlisle and Harrisburg on Sunday.
(NBC/NJ's MATTHEW BERGER)
Swiftboated: when TRUTH is told about a liberal.
Yeah. Why are libs against THAT?
Not in the way you were Senator Kerry, you who received 3 purple hearts inside a 90 day period with no duty time lost and all three incidents treated the following day at sick call with bacitrin. Not to mention the other lies you were caught at and too numerous for posting.
Hey, did you all know that Kerry served in Vietnam?
Please give our best to the Khmer Rouge.
Care to Bet?
He says “swift boated” like it’s a bad thing?!
Libs equate Swiftboating to Waterboarding.
Is Kerry running for VP?
Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!
Or....truth to a lib is like a cross to vampires. Come to think of it, same thing applies to libs. Hmmmm....
“We didn’t lose to them, I didn’t lose to them, because we didn’t answer it with the truth,” Kerry said. “We did. We just didn’t do it enough.”
Nothing like claiming the exact opposite of reality is there.
Seriously, I don't believe that numb skull used Obama's and Reagan's name in the same sentence!
No you haven't yet...what's it been 2 years now?
Swiftboated: Damn, I love it when Kerry uses that word! It just reminds us what happens when the truth is known. He looked pathetic during an interview on FOX last night. His eyes looked like they were looking in different directions. Must be a hold over from Vietnam ... looking for Jenghss Khan to show up somewhere.
If the only person Obama can find to reach out to veterans on his behalf is "Jenghis Khan" Kerry, he's in trouble.
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