Skip to comments.Kerry: Taking Federal Money a Mistake
Posted on 04/09/2006 11:37:16 AM PDT by SkyPilot
Was it his campaign's slow response to the swift boat advertisements or the remark that he voted for Iraq war money before he voted against it that John Kerry regrets most from his failed bid for the White House?
Neither, according to Kerry's reflection Sunday on what he considered his biggest mistake when trying to wrest the presidency from George W. Bush in 2004.
"I think the biggest mistake was probably not going outside the federal financing so we could have controlled our own message," the Massachusetts senator said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
The Kerry campaign opted to accept federal money _ and federal spending limits and other rules _ after he won the Democratic nomination. The nominating convention in Boston occurred more than a month before the GOP renominated Bush, forcing Kerry to begin spending under federal rules much earlier than Bush.
"We had a 13-week general election, they had an eight-week general election. We had the same pot of money. We had to harbor our resources in a different way and we didn't have the same freedom," Kerry said.
"I think the most important thing would have been to spend more money, if we could have, on the advertising and responding to some of the attacks," he said.
As for other missteps, Kerry said: "I made some mistakes. I know what they are, and I take responsibility for them."
Some political observers believe the Kerry campaign should have acted more quickly in countering an anti-Kerry group, Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, that attacked his Vietnam War record.
The Bush campaign criticized Kerry relentlessly for his remark about voting for and then against an $87 billion bill for the military and reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan. The GOP used Kerry's own words to support the contention that he flip-flopped on issues.
As for a run in 2008, Kerry said Sunday he would make a decision by the end of the year.
Gotta give them credit on naming the plane the Flying Squirrel. Can't say I have ever seen a name more reflective of the owner.
Anybody have a pre- and post-Botox picture of Horseface?
Whatever happened to Larry O'D? After that rant he laid on the Swift Boat Vet, he's kinda gone away. Is that my imagination or is it so?
Yet Kerry claims that he could have foreseen and avoided all sorts of events that Bush did not.
without Odo's warm personality.
You might say that he looks undead.
And more money would have helped change his own words how?
Kerry was going to release all of his military records before he didn't.
Looking "lifelike" is a quality shared by all Frenchmen.
He is still the same old spin doctor liar he always was. Remember how PO'd the Democrats were when they found out Kerry had 17 million unspent dollars from his campaign funds?
Everyone was asking then why Kerry didn't spend the money on voter drives, advertising, recounts, etc. for a final push at stealing the election.
They should be asking the same again as the frog tries to make us forget what an idiot he is.
He really angered a lot of people by keeping all the money that he did, Cari said, referring to close to $17 million left unspent in Kerrys campaign account after the election.
I wrote and asked for my money back, said Cari, who gave $2,000 to John Kerry for President Inc. and $2,000 to Kerry-Edwards 2004 Inc., the general-election legal fund. When you hold back $17 million, theres no way that you can say that I gave it my best shot.
Correct me if I am wrong but isn't the VP-BKZ registration of the pictured aircraft allocated to Bermuda?
No body running for President of the US would be that stupid !
It is - that is a picture of a G-V from the outside. No one I know has a picture of Tereeeza's actual G-V - but it is exactly the same.
"It was the money"
As I've said before Kerry lost because he did not sacrifice enough gamebirds to satisfy the gods.
O, idunno, Sherm. Allya gotta do is sacrifice one, but you gotta know how to read the entrails right. BTW, any word on MY Purple Heart, yet?
I can't wait.
Run sKerry, run!!
As I recall, most of the response to the Swifties was through 527 organizations. Supposedly they have been hobbled somewhat by the FEC. I'm sure they are working full time on finding loopholes :)
ATTENTION JOHN KERRY, now hear this, you fool, you lost the presidential race because you are a LIAR, you are USELESS, you are IGNORANT, get your head out of your ass, smell the coffee, face the fact that you are a LOSER, plain and simple pal, you are a LOSER, no one likes you, except maybe T Razor and I certainly question her judgement......
Did he not end the campaign with about 15 million in the bank, unspent?
the beast will have them released, somehow they will appear; she will wipe out the entire field we will hear about everybody's mental illness, homosexual secret lifestyles,adulterous relationships,wife beatings; this election cycle will be better than anything hollywood could ever produce