Skip to comments.Bill Clinton: John Kerry Soft on National Security
Posted on 07/10/2005 9:29:30 PM PDT by bitt
Ex-President Bill Clinton criticized Sen. John Kerry on Friday, saying he lost his presidential bid last year because he was soft on national security.
Addressing Colorado's Aspen Ideas Institute, Clinton dissected Kerry's campaign with event moderator Walter Isaacson.
According to the Aspen Times, Clinton "blamed the Democratic candidate's soft stand on security" for his defeat.
He recalled that while campaigning on behalf of the Massachusetts Democrat last October, "it was clear even Kerry's supporters weren't clear on the candidate's position on national security."
"I think, in the end, he lost in a close race because of the security issue," Clinton told Isaacson.
He also said Kerry didn't do enough to reach out to rural voters, who were likely to support Bush.
"You can't win an election in this country unless you talk to people who you think aren't for you," Clinton said. "A person who wants to be president has to be at home with issues and people when he knows he's on the losing side."
Clinton was accompanied to Aspen by his wife, 2008 presidential hopeful and Kerry rival Hillary Clinton. Sen. Clinton was scheduled to address the Aspen Ideas Institute Sunday afternoon.
Ah, the knives come out for H!llary...
Kerry will just blame Schrum for it.
But... but... but isn't John Kerry a War Hero? Doesn't he speak fluent French?
I'm getting tired of reading this.
Newsflash: Hillary will appeal to those rural voters even less.
Thank you President "don't bother me about a WTC bombing while I'm getting a monica" for sharing your views on National Security.
I love it when the Demoncrats eat their own.
WOW...Called weak on National Security by Clinton the military loathing, anti-inteligence president has got to burn Kerry's buns.
Typical of the Dems, Clinton brings out the standard, demoRat methodology of chastizing their losers. Once a loser, always a loser (as if any of them are winners - in the true sense)... yes, we are seeing the gameplay for Hitlery, and it remains an obscene and disasterous idea to even think she could be a presidential candidate. That is like me being declared a brain surgeon. Total insanity.
Anyway, we are in for a couple of years of lies, distortions, bull excrement in record quantities, hyperbole, MSM spin and pandering, untold quantities of critcism for ANYTHING good that happens to America, and, well, we could go on all night on this list....
That's like a cotton ball calling a marshmallow soft and white...
So says the draft dodger to the war hero. Ah har har har ha ha
The dems are screwed if they pick hillary, we should all be urging them to do so, who the heck will vote for her!!!!! It will be the biggest landslide victory for the GOP if the dems pick her!
All I can say to Mr. Klintoon regarding his observation is: NO SH*T, SHERLOCK!
yup , its obvious , he is much more likable , so this is the pre-primary tour ,... BTW , he ought to just sit on her lap , then Sir Edmund Hillary "HERSELF" Clinton can act like the ventriloquist , while he woos&wows the crowds
So, is Bill Clinton agreeing with the SwiftVets?
(God Bless them!!!)
Occasinal-senator Kerry, your response please...
When we said it, we were UnAmerican for dissing a combat veteran; now that Billy's said it, months later, the DUers will be saying 'Amen!' and 'FINALLY someone has said it!' and 'Thank You, Mr. President!!!'
Clinton calling Kerry soft on defense? Well now, that really is the pig calling the donkey "long ears."
Literally, in this case.
Oh, please, Bill must be getting senile. Kerry's stance on national security was crystal clear throughout the campaign. He had his one big national security issue, and he made the most of it. He most definitely was AGAINST the Vietnam War. I don't know how anyone could have missed that, Kerry and his camp must have made that point practically every day during the campaign.
Bill is doing what he has to do to make up for 30 years of humiliating his wife. A nice shot over the bow of the USS Kerry.
Ah, so it begins.
The Kennedy/Kerry faction vs. the Clinton faction. This will be entertaining to observe.
This is not about dissing John Kerry, its all about positioning HRC as "tough on national security".
When it did occur, She Who Must Be Oyveyyed bitched about the air quality at Ground Zero--
We need a leader in the war on terror--not a Clinton.
"Newsflash: Hillary will appeal to those rural voters even less."
Well, you know, down in Arkansas, we have a saying...
Pray for W and Our Iraq Winning Troops
yup , and he is the "Talking DUmmie", while she is the Nodding Ventriloquist
So Klinton is saying that if Kerry had taken a public position ostensibly stronger on defense he would now be CIC. (The meaning of "was" was... .) Frightening.
It's a hell of a time for Bill to be telling us this after trying to get the idiot elected.
Could it be...nah.
"yes, we are seeing the gameplay for Hitlery, and it remains an obscene and disasterous idea to even think she could be a presidential candidate."
Yes, the gameplay for Hillery is what we are seeing. But its coffee smelling time. She is a candidate, and the prediction site gives her a 50% chance to win the Dem nom and a 25% chance to win the presidency. I think their calculation on the Dem nom is way too low---I think she already has it.
They're both traitors, Ethyl, don't look!
The alleged Senator from Massachusetts was very tough on National Security: America would have to pass a test...a "global" test.
Now, I don't know about you, BJ, but that doesn't sound soft at all. Passing global tests where the bar is stratospheric sounds pretty tough to me.
Skis and Trees Tour.
He is just now figuring this out?, Next year Bill will tell us his wife is a bitch!
Clinton to Kerry:..."Well ya John.....their all boers and must be put into death camps"
"Its Gold/Diamonds and food/drink to the likes of us John"
"Geez John...your wife is a Zouth Afrikkan....how hard is this"
"No John...the Zulu's are not making a comeback"
I would have thought Hilary running for pres. a joke that nobody would take seriously. Shows how very far our country has fallen.
Gee, no kidding.
Knock me over with a feather.
Why does that ring a bell?
What are all you people doing up so late? Don't cha have to work tomorrow?
Perhaps She Who Must Be Oyveyyed will reach out to another Rhodes Scholar for her oh-eight running mate, Ashley Wilkes, The Man Who Would Have Kicked Off Dubya-Dubya-Three.
Where in the article does Clinton say Kerry is soft on security? Newsmax does quote Clinton from the source article saying that Kerry lost because of the security issue, but if the original article did indeed say Clinton said Kerry was soft on security, you'd think Newsmax would have used that quote. Typical Newsmax -- rehashing something from the MSM and putting a misleading headline at the top.
(I'm not defending Kerry, just commenting on the typical Newmax rehash.)
Not sure .. I don't remember hearing of them before
The Aspen Institute's new idea
By Allyn Harvey
July 3, 2005
At a mid-June press conference, Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson opened his comments on the Institute's future with a reference to its past.
"We didn't really partake in the community much, and worse yet, we didn't benefit from being in the most interesting community in the United States," Isaacson said.
"But... but... but isn't John Kerry a War Hero?"
Why yes....you are right. Did you know he was in Viet Nam? He tries not to make a big deal of it.
LOL, Beezlebub is sooooooooo transparent. But I guess he knows that there's no need to work too hard at it since libs are so easy to dupe.
But he had a plan. He was going to do it better. He wouldn't tell us what it was, but he would sure make hay for GW not putting out his exit strategy. Imagine! having a timetable for a war and its outcome. Thats as bad as saying Hillary is an expert on defense issues. I find it hard that she can even RECALL anything for more than a day. If she can refer to GW as Alfred E newman, then we should be able to liken her to Little Lu Lu. cankles and all.