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Kerry: Taking Federal Money a Mistake
Associated Press ^ | 9 April 06 | DOUGLASS K. DANIEL

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.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: election2004; flipper; kerry; kerry2008; kerrydefeat; money; soreloser; swiftboatveterans; swiftvets
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More "spin" from the Kerry camp. He just cannot accept that he lost the 2004 election.

There was no "slow response" to the Swiftboat Vets and POWs for Truth. The Kerry campaign went after them with everything they had. The problem for Kerry and the Democrats was that truth was not on their side.

Furthermore, the MSM tried to assist the Kerry campaign by ignoring the Swiftboat vets early on (the only media to cover their initial press conference in May 2004 was C-SPAN2). But that didn't work either, because their ads were too effective (and they cost $200,000 to make - pocket change compared to what the Democrats were spending).

Poor Kerry. He is a haunted man. He cannot accept he is a loser.

1 posted on 04/09/2006 11:37:21 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

He looks almost lifelike in that photo.


2 posted on 04/09/2006 11:39:22 AM PDT by dagnabbit (George Bush deported my children to Amerexico.)
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To: SkyPilot

I look at Kerry and wonder how anyone could vote for him. Then I look at some of the things I ignore to vote for the people I do, and about all I can do is shake my head.


3 posted on 04/09/2006 11:40:52 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (If you don't want to be lumped in with those who commit violence in your name, take steps to end it.)
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To: SkyPilot

Not enough to spend? The man had Moveon.org spilling its spew throughout the whole campaign.

If he couldn't make it on that, it just wasn't making.


4 posted on 04/09/2006 11:41:22 AM PDT by CheyennePress
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To: SkyPilot
"I think the biggest mistake was probably not going outside the federal financing so we could have controlled our own message"

In other words, "I SHOULD'VE WHORED FOR SOROS!"

5 posted on 04/09/2006 11:41:58 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: dagnabbit
He looks almost lifelike in that photo.

Really? I thought he looked like a wax figure. Well, actually, I thought he WAS a wax figure, so maybe my perception is slanted that way.

6 posted on 04/09/2006 11:42:31 AM PDT by hsalaw
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To: SkyPilot

Kerry's biggest mistakes:
* a plan that consisted of having a plan
* John - whatshisname? - oh yeah, Andrews
* Mrs. Kerry
* looking like Lurch
* 20 years in the Senate without doing anything
* coming from same state as Kennedy, Dukakis, and Bawney Fwank
* being a general idiot


7 posted on 04/09/2006 11:42:54 AM PDT by Imnotalib
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To: dagnabbit

Nah. It is a wax figure.


8 posted on 04/09/2006 11:43:26 AM PDT by GSlob
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To: dagnabbit

This guy is like the jelly of the month club - it just keeps coming, but you don't want it.

9 posted on 04/09/2006 11:44:16 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot
Oh John, Tereza didn't think THAT much of your chances to bankroll you much further that she did. (Who DOES own the deed to that home?)
10 posted on 04/09/2006 11:50:27 AM PDT by Socratic ("I'll have the roast duck with the mango salsa.")
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To: CheyennePress
Kerry's homes (well, really Tereeeeza's homes). He is just like you and me.

And don't forget Kerry's (well, Tereeeza's) private Gulfstream V jet "The Flying Squirrel."


11 posted on 04/09/2006 11:51:19 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot
"Was it his campaign's slow response to the swift boat advertisements"

Kerry could offer no response to THE TRUTH. And the media advised him to ignore the Swift Boat Veterans, just like they were doing but in the end failed. Now AP is spinning a bunch of bull about it, as if we are all stupid and don't know the truth. What idiots.
12 posted on 04/09/2006 11:51:59 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (ETERNAL SHAME on the Treasonous and Immoral Democrats!)
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To: SkyPilot

"As for a run in 2008, Kerry said Sunday he would make a decision by the end of the year."


Mr. Kerry, why don’t you save us both a lot of time, the time you waste running and the time I spend doing everything within my power to stop you from getting elected.


13 posted on 04/09/2006 11:52:08 AM PDT by FMBass (“Now that I’m sober I watch a lot of news” – Garofalo: From “Treason” by Coulter)
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To: SkyPilot
"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."

By saying that frenchie should have "acted more quickly"
the phony fraud ratmedia is trying to say that frenchie answered the Swiftees. These mutts don't want to acknowledge that frenchie has yet to answer them.
At any time during Sept.or Oct. he could have gotten SEE-B.S. to give him a whole "60 Minutes" to counter the charges one by one. He never did because he couldn't. The scumbag still hasn't released his ENTIRE Navy record. All that is is a simple legitimate DD 180. Not the phony one he signed.
14 posted on 04/09/2006 11:55:40 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (John Spencer is the warrior we have been waiting for.We can trust him with our future.)
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To: All

Wait a minute. Wasn't there an enormous controversy in the days after the election when it was discovered that he had not spent 10 million or so dollars that he had available? What sense does this make in that context?


15 posted on 04/09/2006 11:58:47 AM PDT by Owen
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To: dagnabbit

What a huge head - must be where his ego lives!


16 posted on 04/09/2006 11:59:47 AM PDT by derllak
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To: Owen
...he had not spent 10 million or so dollars that he had available?

Oh, yeah. I'd forgotten how ballistic DU went over THAT revelation!

17 posted on 04/09/2006 12:05:37 PM PDT by Socratic ("I'll have the roast duck with the mango salsa.")
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To: SkyPilot
To quote(kinda) Lawrence ODonnell:


That's a lie, John Kerry. Keep lying. It's all you do.
That's a lie. It's another lie. That's a lie.
You're just lying about it.
Lies.
He just lies. He just spews out lies.
You just spew lies.
I just hate the lies of John Kerry.
Creepy liar.
Liar who makes things up
18 posted on 04/09/2006 12:11:04 PM PDT by stylin19a (I never put my foot in my mouth...I shoot that sucker off long before it gets anywhere near my mouth)
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To: SkyPilot

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.

substitute attacked and put in exposed

substitute anti-kerry group and put in combat war veterans

now that sounds more like it


19 posted on 04/09/2006 12:12:32 PM PDT by italianquaker (Democrats and media can't win elections at least they can win their phony polls.)
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To: SkyPilot
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.

Hey, just because he was completely blindsided by John O'Neil (whom he knew about since 1974), and just because he proved completely unable to effectively neutralize the Swift Boat Vets, that's no reason to think he wouldn't have made a damn fine President, whose international charm offensive would have easily defeated al Qaeda.

20 posted on 04/09/2006 12:14:00 PM PDT by Maceman (Fake but accurate -- and now double-sourced)
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To: SkyPilot

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.


21 posted on 04/09/2006 12:16:31 PM PDT by IamConservative (Who does not trust a man of principle? A man who has none.)
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To: All

Anybody have a pre- and post-Botox picture of Horseface?


22 posted on 04/09/2006 12:18:59 PM PDT by definitelynotaliberal
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To: SkyPilot

ping


23 posted on 04/09/2006 12:27:07 PM PDT by pjsbro
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To: stylin19a

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?


24 posted on 04/09/2006 12:30:46 PM PDT by Thebaddog (Dogs are from Mars.)
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To: jmaroneps37

25 posted on 04/09/2006 12:37:33 PM PDT by Hoodat ( Silly Dems, AYBABTU.)
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To: Maceman
Hey, just because he was completely blindsided by John O'Neil...

Yet Kerry claims that he could have foreseen and avoided all sorts of events that Bush did not.

26 posted on 04/09/2006 12:40:31 PM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Liberalism and Fundamental Islam have a lot in common....is it a coincidence?)
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To: dagnabbit
He looks like Odo

without Odo's warm personality.

27 posted on 04/09/2006 12:45:33 PM PDT by Samwise (All that is needed for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.)
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To: dagnabbit
He looks almost lifelike in that photo.

You might say that he looks undead.

28 posted on 04/09/2006 12:46:39 PM PDT by Stentor
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To: SkyPilot
The GOP used Kerry's own words to support the contention that he flip-flopped on issues.

And more money would have helped change his own words how?

29 posted on 04/09/2006 12:48:44 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: SkyPilot

Kerry was going to release all of his military records before he didn't.


30 posted on 04/09/2006 12:51:38 PM PDT by hgro
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To: dagnabbit

Looking "lifelike" is a quality shared by all Frenchmen.


31 posted on 04/09/2006 12:53:11 PM PDT by hgro
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To: SkyPilot

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.

http://www.hillnews.com/thehill/export/TheHill/News/Frontpage/050405/kerry.html

“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 Kerry’s 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, there’s no way that you can say that ‘I gave it my best shot.’”


32 posted on 04/09/2006 1:00:21 PM PDT by JerseyDvl ("Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel"-Samuel Johnson to the Dems of today.)
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To: SkyPilot

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 !


33 posted on 04/09/2006 1:00:47 PM PDT by managusta ("Where would we be without rules? That's right France!")
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To: managusta

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.


34 posted on 04/09/2006 1:08:53 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Kenny Bunk

"It was the money"

As I've said before Kerry lost because he did not sacrifice enough gamebirds to satisfy the gods.


35 posted on 04/09/2006 1:45:32 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Shermy
Kerry...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?

36 posted on 04/09/2006 2:18:12 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Any legal immigrant who wants to join me as an American, is welcome.)
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To: SkyPilot
As for a run in 2008, Kerry said Sunday he would make a decision by the end of the year.

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 :)

37 posted on 04/09/2006 2:50:25 PM PDT by upchuck (Wikipedia.com - the most unbelievable web site in the world.)
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To: SkyPilot


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......


38 posted on 04/09/2006 4:19:08 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (I'm not afraid to say out loud what the rest of you are afraid to admit.)
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To: CheyennePress
Not enough to spend?

Did he not end the campaign with about 15 million in the bank, unspent?

39 posted on 04/09/2006 4:33:25 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: hgro

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


40 posted on 04/09/2006 5:07:57 PM PDT by dubyawhoiluv
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To: All

Robwin to Kerry: Electing you to any public office is the real mistake, you dweeb.


41 posted on 04/09/2006 5:10:06 PM PDT by Robwin
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To: rockabyebaby

The question we should be asking Democrats is, that if Kerry was good enough for the Democratic Party in 2004 and garnered 252 electoral college votes why is he not good enough
in 2008?


42 posted on 04/09/2006 5:26:03 PM PDT by managusta ("Where would we be without rules? That's right France!")
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To: JerseyDvl; Socratic; Owen; hinckley buzzard
Party questions Kerry's war chest
By Ron Fournier, Associated Press | November 18, 2004

WASHINGTON -- Democratic Party leaders said yesterday they want to know why Senator John F. Kerry ended his presidential campaign with more than $15 million in the bank, money that could have helped Democratic candidates across the country.

"Democrats are questioning why he sat on so much money that could have helped him defeat George Bush or helped down-ballot races, many of which could have gone our way with a few more million dollars," said Donna Brazile, campaign manager for Al Gore's 2000 presidential race.


43 posted on 04/09/2006 5:39:10 PM PDT by StAnDeliver
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To: StAnDeliver

Thanks for the link to refresh my memory.


45 posted on 04/09/2006 5:53:26 PM PDT by Socratic ("I'll have the roast duck with the mango salsa.")
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To: SkyPilot
Jean Francois is a multi-millionaire. The "cry poverty" explanation for his loss reeks of desperation.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

46 posted on 04/09/2006 7:48:11 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: managusta
Correct me if I am wrong but isn't the VP-BKZ registration of the pictured aircraft allocated to Bermuda?

The Bahamas, I think.

No body running for President of the US would be that stupid !


47 posted on 04/09/2006 10:08:34 PM PDT by Denver Ditdat (Melting solder since 1975)
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To: SkyPilot

Don't forget the Kerry yacht "The SCARAMOUCHE!"


48 posted on 04/10/2006 7:33:48 AM PDT by Holicheese (Stanley Cup's new home will be North Carolina!)
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To: hinckley buzzard

I thought it was 16+... but that's neither here... nor there.


49 posted on 04/10/2006 7:39:26 AM PDT by johnny7 (“Nah, I ain’t Jewish, I just don’t dig on swine, that’s all.”)
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To: SkyPilot

50 posted on 04/13/2006 7:07:51 PM PDT by Seadog Bytes (OPM -- The Liberal 'solution' to every societal problem. (Other People's Money))
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