Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Kerry to heckler: 'I never run away from a fight,' especially with Bush (What a Jerk Alert!)
SF Gate ^ | 2/5/04

Posted on 02/05/2004 12:35:02 PM PST by areafiftyone

Edited on 04/13/2004 2:45:43 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Answering a heckler, Democratic presidential front-runner John Kerry said Thursday "I never run away from anything, especially George Bush."

The Massachusetts lawmaker had just received an endorsement from Maine Gov. John Baldacci when somebody from the crowd of about 400 shouted, "Why don't you tell them about your vote on the war and the Patriot Act?"


(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Maine
KEYWORDS: 2004; endorsement; johnbaldacci; johnkerry; patriotact
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-58 next last
"I'll explain them all as we go along," Kerry swiftly replied to the heckler. "I never run away from anything, especially George Bush."

As soon as I figure out why I voted for them and can get some good lies and excuses for my votes down in my stump speech!

Then he pointed to a basketball net in the Boys' and Girls' Club gymnasium and read words stenciled on the backboard. "A winner never quits and a quitter never wins," he said, calling that an apt summary of his makeup.

Because I can never think of my own sayings just like the way I copied Bush's "Bring it On" and used it as my own. And just like the way I announced my running for president standing an aircraft carrier just because Bush gave a speech on one. Man I have no personality!

1 posted on 02/05/2004 12:35:06 PM PST by areafiftyone
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
He's a dork.
2 posted on 02/05/2004 12:36:49 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Comment #3 Removed by Moderator

To: anniegetyourgun
And extremely pompous. Don't think I could stand to listen to many speeches given by him.
4 posted on 02/05/2004 12:38:03 PM PST by w1andsodidwe (recycling is a waste of time for hardworking taxpayers, hire the homeless to sort garbage)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
Kerry is going to get sliced and diced.
5 posted on 02/05/2004 12:38:21 PM PST by Dog (Have you forgotten -- - --- -- the day when those towers fell...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
Actually he used a technicality to leave Vietnam. Three purple hearts with no missed duty. How many WW2 veterans came home on 3 scratches?
6 posted on 02/05/2004 12:38:45 PM PST by #3Fan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
Please God, don't give us another Clinton "I this and me that" president!
7 posted on 02/05/2004 12:39:24 PM PST by over3Owithabrain
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
"I'll explain them all as we go along," Kerry swiftly replied to the heckler.

Fortunately for John f-in, the press will never remind him of these terrible missteps, and he'll never have to explain nuthin' to nobody.

Here's an "apt summary of his makeup": Botox, blush and a $150 haircut.

8 posted on 02/05/2004 12:41:37 PM PST by mountaineer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
The Massachusetts lawmaker had just received an endorsement from Maine Gov. John Baldacci when somebody from the crowd of about 400 shouted, "Why don't you tell them about your vote on the war and the Patriot Act?"

I guarantee this "heckler" was a Deaniac!

A Mainer = Extreme liberal AND one who hates anyone from Massachusetts!
9 posted on 02/05/2004 12:42:07 PM PST by Jackson Brown
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: over3Owithabrain
Kerry is playing the tough guy for abosolutely no reason whatsoever. Apparently he is very threatened by Bush's masculinity. Hmmmmm I wonder why?
10 posted on 02/05/2004 12:42:32 PM PST by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
Kind of funny seeing a guy 6'4 with a napoleon complex, isn't it?
11 posted on 02/05/2004 12:44:10 PM PST by Hand em their arse
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
From the Cape Cod Times today:

Big Dig dollars flowed to Kerry donor
Senator's office says intervention on behalf of insurer was not related to subsequent campaign support.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON - A Senate colleague was trying to close a loophole that allowed a major insurer to divert millions of federal dollars from the nation's most expensive construction project. John Kerry stepped in and blocked the legislation.

Over the next two years, the insurer, American International Group, paid Kerry's way on a trip to Vermont and donated at least $30,000 to a tax-exempt group Kerry used to set up his presidential campaign. Company executives donated $18,000 to his Senate and presidential campaigns.

Were the two connected? Kerry says not.

But to some government watchdogs, the tale of the Massachusetts senator's 2000 intervention, detailed in documents obtained by The Associated Press, is a textbook case of the special interest politicking that Kerry rails against on the presidential trail.

"The idea that Kerry has not helped or benefited from a specific special interest, which he has said, is utterly absurd," said Charles Lewis, head of the Center for Public Integrity that just published a book on political donations to the presidential candidates.

"Anyone who gets millions of dollars over time, and thousands of dollars from specific donors, knows there's a symbiotic relationship. He needs the donors' money. The donors need favors. Welcome to Washington. That is how it works."

The documents obtained by AP provide a window into Kerry's involvement in a two-decade-old highway and tunnel construction project in his home state of Massachusetts. Known as the Big Dig, it had become infamous for its multibillion dollar cost overruns.

Kerry's office confirmed yesterday that as member of the Senate Commerce Committee he persuaded committee chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., to drop a provision that would have stripped $150 million from the project and ended the insurance funding loophole.

Kerry actually was angered by the loophole but didn't want money stripped from the project because it would hurt his constituents who needed the Boston project finished, spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter said.

When the "AIG investment scheme (came) to light, John Kerry called for public hearings to investigate the parties involved and the legality of the investment practices. However, he firmly believed cutting funding for the Big Dig was not the answer," Cutter said.

Instead of McCain's bluntly worded legislation, Kerry asked for a committee hearing in May 2000. Kerry thanked McCain at the start of the hearing for dropping his legislation and an AIG executive was permitted to testify that he believed the company's work for the Big Dig was a good thing even though it was criticized by federal auditors.

Asked why Kerry would subsequently accept a trip and money from AIG in 2001 and 2002 if he was angered by the investment scheme, Cutter replied: "Any contributions AIG made to the senator's campaign came years after the investigation. Throughout his career, John Kerry has stood up to special interests on behalf of average Americans. This case is no different."

The New York-based insurer, one of the world's largest, declined to comment on its donations to Kerry, simply stating, "AIG never requested any assistance from Senator Kerry concerning the insurance we provided the Big Dig."

The project has become a symbol of government contracting gone awry, known for its huge cost overruns that now total several billion dollars, and its admissions of mismanagement.

During the 1990s, Sens. Kerry and Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., helped win new federal funding for the project as its costs skyrocketed and threatened to burden the state's government. In 1998, Kerry was credited with winning $100 million in new federal funding.

But in 1999, the Transportation Department uncovered a financing scheme in which the project had overpaid $129.8 million to AIG for worker compensation and liability insurance that wasn't needed, then had allowed the insurer to keep the money in a trust and invest it in the market. The government alleged AIG kept about half of the profits it made from the investments, providing the other half to the project.

Outraged by the revelations, McCain submitted legislation that would have stripped $150 million from the Big Dig and banned the practice of allowing an insurer to invest and profit from excessive premiums paid with government money. "Any refunds of insurance premiums or reserve amounts, including interest, that exceed a project's liabilities shall be immediately returned to the federal government," McCain's legislation declared.

But Kerry and Kennedy intervened, and McCain withdrew the legislation.

(Published: February 5, 2004)
12 posted on 02/05/2004 12:44:39 PM PST by jackbill
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
Yeah, I'm already sick of the smack talk, as if this election were some Arena Football game.
13 posted on 02/05/2004 12:46:37 PM PST by over3Owithabrain
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
Ducking and weaving. Trying to do a rope-a-dope on the voters.
14 posted on 02/05/2004 12:46:44 PM PST by Kirkwood
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
Pompous windbag.
15 posted on 02/05/2004 12:48:09 PM PST by JennysCool
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
Because he is OWNED by a RICH REPUBLICAN WOMAN!
16 posted on 02/05/2004 12:48:11 PM PST by funkywbr
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: over3Owithabrain
That he is. The Clinton cloning continues. Aw, let him have his moments. They aren't going to last much longer.
17 posted on 02/05/2004 12:48:23 PM PST by sarasota
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Hand em their arse
You're right - a 4'6" guy in a
6'4" body. I wonder why, too...
18 posted on 02/05/2004 12:48:50 PM PST by txrangerette
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
Well, we still have one hope. If Dean drops out, maybe Algore will support Kerry-- then he's doomed.
19 posted on 02/05/2004 12:49:40 PM PST by Mark (Treason doth never prosper, for if it prosper, NONE DARE CALL IT TREASON.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
See #18
20 posted on 02/05/2004 12:51:12 PM PST by txrangerette
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
"There was a right way to hold Saddam Hussein accountable," including working through the United Nations and "living up to the words 'last resort."

"[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs."

Letter to President Clinton, signed by Sens. Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others Oct. 9, 1998

21 posted on 02/05/2004 12:52:22 PM PST by love n hate tattoo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: txrangerette
After he loses to Bush his Republican wife is gonna walk him around on leash and collar for years to come.

Man I hope she likes to video those kind of things (as you know all things like that wind up on the internet nowadays)!~}

And don't laugh, on his 150K salary how is he gonna pay her back all those Million$?
22 posted on 02/05/2004 12:52:33 PM PST by funkywbr
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: txrangerette
I dunno maybe small things come in big packages. After all Bill Clinton was about 6'2" or 6'3" and we all remember how the girls all described him!
23 posted on 02/05/2004 12:53:39 PM PST by marlon
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Dog
You betcha. It ain't gonna be pretty.
24 posted on 02/05/2004 12:57:11 PM PST by kylaka (The Clintons are the democRATS crack cocaine. They know he's bad for them, they just can't stop.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: over3Owithabrain
the smack talk, as if this election were some Arena Football game.

I'm picturing JFK with a "He Hate Me" jersey. Good grief.

25 posted on 02/05/2004 12:57:52 PM PST by mountaineer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
In his campaigning around the country for numerous democratic hopefuls it is said that Clinton is doing the work of three men:

Larry, Moe and Curly.

Which one are you Johnny? The missing link?

26 posted on 02/05/2004 12:59:46 PM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dog
Kerry is going to get sliced and diced.

yes; and the sorry lot of cucoo leftists that this campaign has resurrected and/or baptized will be as much fun to deal with as a swarm of cockroaches.

27 posted on 02/05/2004 1:00:55 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: love n hate tattoo
Is this the real deal? If so, the RNC should buy some billboards and put it up:

"[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs."

Letter to President Clinton, signed by Sens. Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others Oct. 9, 1998
28 posted on 02/05/2004 1:02:46 PM PST by RicocheT
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: jackbill
good point. the big dig and gay marriage are just two of the most visible reasons that any massachusetts dynasty policitian ought to be barred from national politics.
29 posted on 02/05/2004 1:02:57 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: JackRyanCIA
Al Frankin wasn't there to beat the heckler up?

He's still with Dean. Maybe when Dean drops out, he'll throw all of his celebrity thug support behind Kerry.

30 posted on 02/05/2004 1:06:11 PM PST by socal_parrot (Something is going to happen, I feel it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
"living up to the words 'last resort."

Interpretation: Doing nothing until it's too late to do something useful.

They should try to pin him down on exactly what it would have taken for him to make the decision to go into Iraq. It would be more lies, but it would also be amusing to watch.

31 posted on 02/05/2004 1:10:04 PM PST by trebb (Ain't God good . . .)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
A winner never quits and a quitter never wins

But Democrats do not support or endorse Winners and Achievers.
Democrats would rather not keep score.
Democrats would rather outlaw dodge-ball!
If there are winners, then their must be losers and we sure don't want to hurt their feeling, do we?

32 posted on 02/05/2004 1:10:31 PM PST by TexasCajun
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
DYKWIA?

"I never run away from a fight. Instead, I try to disappear into the crowd."

33 posted on 02/05/2004 1:13:17 PM PST by amordei
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
The next time Kerry and his Demo friends criticize our effort in Iraq, he should consider this:

It took less time to take Iraq than it took Janet Reno to take the Branch Davidian compound. That was a 51-day operation.

It took less time to find Saddam's sons in Iraq than it took Hillary Clinton to find the Rose Law Firm billing records.

It took less time for the 3rd Infantry Division and the Marines to destroy the Medina Republican Guard than it took Teddy Kennedy to call the police after his Oldsmobile sunk at Chappaquiddick.

It took less time to take Iraq than it took to count the votes in Florida!!!!!!

Damn our military is GREAT


34 posted on 02/05/2004 1:15:21 PM PST by dmzTahoe (Go Zags!!!...#8 and still rising.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: love n hate tattoo
Thanks!

"[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs."

Letter to President Clinton, signed by Sens. Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others Oct. 9, 1998

35 posted on 02/05/2004 1:17:45 PM PST by kcvl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: dmzTahoe
ROFLOL!!!

It took less time to take Iraq than it took Janet Reno to take the Branch Davidian compound. That was a 51-day operation.

It took less time to find Saddam's sons in Iraq than it took Hillary Clinton to find the Rose Law Firm billing records.

It took less time for the 3rd Infantry Division and the Marines to destroy the Medina Republican Guard than it took Teddy Kennedy to call the police after his Oldsmobile sunk at Chappaquiddick.

It took less time to take Iraq than it took to count the votes in Florida!!!!!!

Damn our military is GREAT!!!

36 posted on 02/05/2004 1:21:02 PM PST by kcvl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
Kerry did not specifically defend his vote on Iraq, but said,

"There was a right way to hold Saddam Hussein accountable," including working through the United Nations and "living up to the words 'last resort."'

What a maroon this Kerry is -

From Powell's opening remarks to the UN:


New York City
February 5, 2003

...

Last November 8, this Council passed Resolution 1441 by a unanimous vote. The purpose of that resolution was to disarm Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction. Iraq had already been found guilty of material breach of its obligations stretching back over 16 previous resolutions and 12 years.

Resolution 1441 was not dealing with an innocent party, but a regime this Council has repeatedly convicted over the years.

Resolution 1441 gave Iraq one last chance, one last chance to come into compliance or to face serious consequences. No Council member present and voting on that day had any illusions about the nature and intent of the resolution or what serious consequences meant if Iraq did not comply.

Over 16 previous resolutions and 12 years.

I think that says HOW effective the UN is without action (by us - the US)) to back up those words.

37 posted on 02/05/2004 1:24:48 PM PST by _Jim ( <--- Ann C. and Rush L. speak on gutless Liberals (RealAudio files))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: #3Fan; jimrob
Actually he used a technicality to leave Vietnam. Three purple hearts with no missed duty.

Surely you have no idea what a stupid statement you have just made. Savage attacks on the honorable military service of a man who earned three Purple Hears and a Silver Star is hardly the way to win friends and influence people. Or to show respect to this site and it's owner.

When you Post such tripe you just invite someone to ask you in what superior manner were George Bush's Purple Hearts and Silver Star earned? Why not just stick to arguing politics? And accept that Kerry's military service is head and shoulders above all other contempory politicians except possibly the equally hated John McCain.

Viscious, false insults against people's honest and honorable combat service to our country just does not seem in keeping with conservative principles. Just my hard headed Rat Faced Vietnam Vet Enlisted Opinion.

I would like to hear Jim Robinson comment on this.

carpio

38 posted on 02/05/2004 1:36:26 PM PST by carpio
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: anniegetyourgun
He's worse than a dork.

As Mark Steyn said on Hugh Hewitt's radio program yesterday, he's despicable and a contemptible man.
39 posted on 02/05/2004 1:39:43 PM PST by cyncooper
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
What Kerry doing? Shadow boxing?
40 posted on 02/05/2004 1:42:18 PM PST by freekitty
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: #3Fan
Kerry is a wimp!
41 posted on 02/05/2004 1:45:41 PM PST by lonestar (Don't mess with Texans)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
With a head the size of a pumpkin I wouldnt yell that too loud..too damn easy to lay the dukes or boots to a melon that big...
42 posted on 02/05/2004 1:46:48 PM PST by MD_Willington_1976
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MD_Willington_1976; All
Do you know that Kerry had cosmetic surgery on his jaw? He had such a lantern shaped jaw he had to chisel it down a little by plastic surgery. This is true! So he more than likely DID have botox injections. What a liar!
43 posted on 02/05/2004 1:55:40 PM PST by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
He's not too smart. He should have learned his lesson from Howard Dean. People don't like brash in-your-face pompous politicians. You need high likability to be President. Reagan had it. George W. Bush has it. Kerry doesn't.
44 posted on 02/05/2004 2:01:16 PM PST by plain talk
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
Kerry is obviously trying to negate the image of democrats being wusses and wimps. Trying to prove how tough he is.
45 posted on 02/05/2004 2:01:57 PM PST by tkathy (The nihilistic islamofascists and the nihilistic liberals are trying to destroy this country)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: carpio
And accept that Kerry's military service is head and shoulders above all other contempory politicians except possibly the equally hated John McCain.

While he was in Vietnam I concede his actions were heroic.

He cancelled them out upon his return to the U.S. and his subsequent anti-war activities and the lies he told.

Consider that many a returning vet was met with contempt by U.S. citizens, due in part to the activities of none other than John F-word Kerry.

46 posted on 02/05/2004 2:06:10 PM PST by cyncooper
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
Lurch never ran away either...
47 posted on 02/05/2004 2:08:48 PM PST by pankot
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
He ran away from his war service, and everything that it stood for. He ran away from the rest of the soldiers who fought and died there. He ran away from his marriage and tried to run away from the fact that it ever occurred. He ran away from his ancestry and masked himself in another ethnic group. And he's run away from every political vote he made on important Bills.
48 posted on 02/05/2004 2:22:55 PM PST by mass55th
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: over3Owithabrain
"But Kerry and Kennedy intervened,..."

As I said on another thread, I'd like to know how much Kennedy got for his involvement. Of course the media can't be bothered checking that out.

49 posted on 02/05/2004 2:30:16 PM PST by mass55th
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: areafiftyone
John Kerry the tough guy? Bwhahaahahhahaha.
50 posted on 02/05/2004 2:37:34 PM PST by Dan from Michigan ("I don’t want to get caught up in any of that Funky s**t goin’ down in the city" - Steve Miller)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-58 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson