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Kerry Sorry for 'Stuck in Iraq' Remarks
My Way News ^ | 11/01/2006 | DAVID ESPO

Posted on 11/01/2006 4:50:32 PM PST by pctech

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fearful of damaging his own party in next week's elections, Sen. John Kerry apologized Wednesday to "any service member, family member or American" offended by remarks deemed by Republicans and Democrats to be insulting to U.S. forces in Iraq.

Six days before the election, the Democrats' 2004 presidential nominee said he wanted to avoid becoming a distraction in the final days of the battle for control of Congress. He added he sincerely regretted that his words were "misinterpreted to imply anything negative about those in uniform."

In a brief statement, Kerry attacked President Bush for a "failed security policy." Yet his apology, issued after prominent Democrats had urged him to cancel public appearances, was designed to quell a controversy that party leaders feared would stall their drive for big gains on Nov. 7.

With polls showing the public opposed to the war in Iraq, Democrats have expressed increasing optimism in recent days that they will gain the 15 seats they need to win control of the House. Democrats must pick up six seats to win the Senate, a taller challenge, and both parties made last-minute efforts to increase the number of competitive races.

For the Democratic senatorial committee, that meant pumping about $1 million into an Arizona race long thought out of reach. For the counterpart Republican committee, it meant a foray into Maryland, also viewed as an unlikely state to pick up a seat.

Kerry beat a grudging retreat in his return to the national campaign spotlight. Earlier, on the radio program "Imus in the Morning," the Massachusetts senator said he was "sorry about a botched joke" about Bush. He heaped praise on the troops, adamantly accused Republicans of twisting his words and said it was the commander in chief and his aides who "owe America an apology for this disaster in Iraq."

Democrats cringed, though, at the prospect of the Massachusetts senator becoming the face of the party for the second consecutive national campaign. "No one wants to have the 2004 election replayed," said Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., like Kerry, a potential contender for the 2008 nomination.

Congressional candidates in Iowa and Minnesota swiftly made plain that Kerry was no longer welcome to appear at scheduled rallies, and the senator scrapped an appearance in Philadelphia.

"It was a real dumb thing to say. He should say sorry," said Democrat Claire McCaskill, running in a tight Senate campaign in Missouri.

The White House accepted Kerry's statement. "Senator Kerry's apology to the troops for his insulting comments came late but it was the right thing to do," said Dana Perino, deputy press secretary.

With Bush showing the way, Republicans had worked energetically to turn Kerry into an all-purpose target in a campaign that has long loomed as a loser for the GOP - much as they ridiculed him two years ago on their way to electoral gains.

"Anybody who is in a position to serve this country ought to understand the consequences of words. ... We've got incredible people in our military, and they deserve full praise and full support of this government," Bush said in an interview with conservative talk-radio personality Rush Limbaugh.

"Of course, now Senator Kerry says he was just making a joke, and he botched it up," Vice President Dick Cheney said in remarks prepared for a campaign appearance in Montana. "I guess we didn't get the nuance. He was for the joke before he was against it."

The jab was designed to recall Kerry's inartful comment from the last election that he had voted for $87 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan before he voted against it.

Two days ago, Kerry stirred controversy when he told a group of California students that individuals who don't study hard and do their homework would likely "get stuck in Iraq." Aides said the senator had mistakenly dropped one word from his prepared remarks, which was originally written to say "you end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq." In that context, they said, it was clear Kerry was referring to Bush, not to the troops.

The speed with which party leaders and candidates shoved Kerry aside underscored the difficulty he will face running for the nomination after leading the party to defeat in 2004. He also had the misfortune of being disinvited from an appearance in Iowa - the state whose caucuses will begin the delegate selection process for the White House race.

Party leaders were far more focused on the election in six days time, rather than the one two years away.

Democratic officials said the leaders of the party's campaign committees had relayed word to Kerry for him to avoid becoming a distraction. Aides to Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., chairmen of the Senate and House campaign committees, said they would not comment on any possible telephone conversations that had occurred.

Democrats have privately told outsiders they have locked up 10 of the 15 GOP-held seats they need. Polls indicate several dozen additional races are competitive, far more than appeared possible at the outset of the campaign, and too many for Republican comfort at a time of opposition to the war and low presidential approval ratings at home.

In the Senate, Democrats claim they are on track to defeat four Republican incumbents, including Sens. Mike DeWine in Ohio, Rick Santorum in Pennsylvania, Lincoln Chafee in Rhode Island and Conrad Burns in Montana. Republicans tacitly concede DeWine and Santorum appear headed for defeat, but the party's senatorial committee has launched television commercials in the campaign's final week in an attempt to save Chafee and Burns.

Barring a dramatic shift in opinion in the campaign's final days, that leaves only a handful of races in significant doubt, principally three Republican-held seats in Tennessee, Missouri and Virginia.

Unlike 2004, when Bush rallied the country to his side by asking "who do you trust" in wartime, public opinion polls now show the conflict in Iraq is unpopular. Increasingly, Republican candidates have found it politically necessary to emphasize their differences with Bush on a struggle that has dragged on for nearly four years and cost more than 2,800 American lives.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee unveiled a web video during the day, hoping to turn discontent with the war into opposition to Republican lawmakers who have backed the president. Bill Burton, a spokesman, said it would air on cable television nationally, although he provided no details.

The ad features scenes of carnage and an ominous soundtrack, while the announcer says, "With the White House in denial, while top generals warning that Iraq might be sliding into a full scale civil war, tell Congress it's long past time to put down their rubber stamp and ask the hard questions about Iraq."


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: antimilitary; betrayal; cutandrun; frenchy; halpusjoncarry; johnkerry; kerry; kerrydumbiraqgaffe; teresaslapdog; teresaspoodle; treason; unfit
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My apologies if this has already been posted but I didn't see this particular article when I did a search. The moderator can pull it if is indeed a repeat or copy.

But I want to key on Kerry's alleged apology. It says, "Sen. John Kerry apologized Wednesday to "any service member, family member or American" offended by remarks deemed by Republicans and Democrats to be insulting to U.S. forces in Iraq."

This is not an apology! He just says that he's sorry if we were offended. He's still not saying that what he said was actually wrong! What a bonehead! I hope Rush, Hannity, Ingraham and others key in on this and drive it home.

1 posted on 11/01/2006 4:50:33 PM PST by pctech
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To: pctech

He's a sorry P.O.S. that's about it!


2 posted on 11/01/2006 4:51:48 PM PST by blondee123 (Politicians are like diapers, need to be changed often & for the same reason!)
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To: pctech

He believes the average American is an idiot & that with such willing accomplices in the media it's all they need do.


3 posted on 11/01/2006 4:52:57 PM PST by Steven W.
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To: pctech

"Misinterpreted"? The guy needs a dictionary. It's fairly difficult to misinterpret actual spoken words. He is a total buffoon, and we are fortunate he wasn't elected as Commander-in-Chief of our troops. We may have had a coup.


4 posted on 11/01/2006 4:54:09 PM PST by TommyDale (Iran President Ahmadinejad is shorter than Tom Daschle!)
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To: pctech

And I thought Dean was a one-man demolition team! With a few spoken words, Kerry might have topped Dean in making his party look look stupid. If I didn't know better, I'd think he was a mole.


5 posted on 11/01/2006 4:57:16 PM PST by Jaidyn
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To: pctech

KUCK FERRY!

LLS


6 posted on 11/01/2006 4:57:36 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (Preserve America... kill terrorists... destroy dims!)
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To: pctech

John Vichy Kerry: Our troops are stuck in Iraq and I am stuck on stupid!


7 posted on 11/01/2006 5:00:00 PM PST by Enchante (There are 3 kinds of lies: Lies, Damned Lies, and the Drive-By Media)
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To: pctech

How many apologies are we up to now?


8 posted on 11/01/2006 5:01:37 PM PST by BunnySlippers (Never Forget)
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To: Steven W.
He believes the average American is an idiot

If the polls are any indication, he might be right.

9 posted on 11/01/2006 5:02:08 PM PST by appleharvey
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To: pctech
Let me summarize that statement:

"I'm sorry I was misunderstood, but..."

10 posted on 11/01/2006 5:03:02 PM PST by RichInOC (Kerry 2008: "Sometimes...dead is bettah.")
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To: Enchante

What's sad though is that our troops are performing in a most outstanding fashion & needn't take this kind of $h%t from the DemoncRATs. Remember that communique from one the AlQaeda guy that took over after Zarqawi was liquidated, writing to Ayman Al Zawahiri & lamenting that there had been 40,000 foreign terrorists killed in Iraq. Our troops have never lost a single battle (outside the liberal media echo chamber)


11 posted on 11/01/2006 5:03:30 PM PST by Steven W.
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To: BunnySlippers
How many apologies are we up to now?

Zero apologies.

12 posted on 11/01/2006 5:04:33 PM PST by Steven W.
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To: pctech

Only way this schmuck can apologize is seppuku ~ anything less is just more Kerry cr*p.


13 posted on 11/01/2006 5:06:06 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Steven W.

Five-star comment! You're exactly right, we've had ZERO apologies, just a big misunderstanding.


14 posted on 11/01/2006 5:06:42 PM PST by pctech
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To: pctech; All

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fearful of damaging his own party in next week's elections, Sen. John Kerry apologized Wednesday to "any service member, family member or American" offended by remarks deemed by Republicans and Democrats to be insulting to U.S. forces in Iraq.

Let's support the troops..

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1730306/posts


15 posted on 11/01/2006 5:09:17 PM PST by GeorgiaDawg32 (To the brave soldiers "stuck" in Iraq, come Tuesday, I've got your back..)
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To: RichInOC
Kerry: "You see, what happened was, I write my speeches in French, and then I read them in English. It's a little game I like to play. Anyway, I was translating my speech from French to English right there at the podium, and the French word for Bush is buisson, but I read it as bidasse, which is the word for soldier. The bottom line is, I'm really sorry that you're all to stupid to understand what I meant."
16 posted on 11/01/2006 5:10:31 PM PST by highimpact
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To: pctech
kerrys only sorry it got him in trouble

what a schmuck
17 posted on 11/01/2006 5:16:06 PM PST by vigilante2 (Thank You Veterans)
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To: pctech
Likely "get stuck in Iraq." Aides said the senator had mistakenly dropped one word from his prepared remarks, which was originally written to say "you end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq."

Uhh, I'm not brilliant like Kerry is, but it appears to me that more than "one word" has been changed to get to the meaning Kerry wants.

18 posted on 11/01/2006 5:16:28 PM PST by hsalaw
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To: pctech

It's a similar apology that Dick Durbin gave after his comments about the troops at Gitmo. They never say they're sorry for the comments. They're sorry we took the comments the wrong way.


19 posted on 11/01/2006 5:16:54 PM PST by bushbuddy
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To: Steven W.

Huzzah! I agree.


20 posted on 11/01/2006 5:18:05 PM PST by BunnySlippers (Never Forget)
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To: pctech
You know I could cut Kerry a break if he had an actual position on the war. The following quote from his web site is all I could find:

"John Kerry supports internationalizing our effort in Iraq, so our troops are not carrying all the work with more lengthy and extended deployments. He also believes we have to move forward with reconstruction because it’s an important way to win the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people and stop the spread of terror. The January 30 elections will be an important milestone for Iraqis. America must help them achieve a viable government, because it is up to them to run their country. "

But since he has no real policy on how to improve the situation in Iraq he's left with trying to make fun of the President. Which he botches.

I won't go into whether the comment made about our wonderful troops was a freudian slip or not. But with our troops lives on the line Senator Kerry owes them a clear position, full of details, about how he would improve the situation in Iraq, instead of making jokes (or not making them correctly). It's kind of funny for a guy who hails from Massachussets where Harvard's Kennedy School of Government is, you would think his web site would be chock full of interesting policy papers.

It's unfortunate that we elect people like Sen. Kerry who care more about votes than they do the men and women who protect our country.
21 posted on 11/01/2006 5:18:15 PM PST by stig
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To: pctech
Dem ad: "With the White House in denial, while top generals warning that Iraq might be sliding into a full scale civil war, tell Congress it's long past time to put down their rubber stamp and ask the hard questions about Iraq."

The dems are avoiding the point - AGAIN - and admitting all they have are "questions," they have no answers. Well, except for cut-and-run and deployment to Okinawa.

22 posted on 11/01/2006 5:19:31 PM PST by hsalaw
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To: Steven W.

That just makes me all the more upset. Kerry thinks the Military is stupid and The MSM thinks we are stupid.
It is not up to the media or squishey Republicans to say Kerry is sorry. I do not accept.


23 posted on 11/01/2006 5:20:01 PM PST by Brimack34 (I hate the MSM)
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To: pctech

JOKE MALFUNCTION!!!


24 posted on 11/01/2006 5:22:11 PM PST by Suzy Quzy
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To: pctech

It's not just Kerry, the whole Democrat party is stupid and chicken to fight this war.


25 posted on 11/01/2006 5:23:35 PM PST by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys-Reagan and Bush)
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To: pctech
"No one wants to have the 2004 election replayed," said Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., like Kerry, a potential contender for the 2008 nomination.

Hey, speak for yourself Hitlery! I'd love to see it replayed.

26 posted on 11/01/2006 5:27:21 PM PST by A Citizen Reporter (Sign at World Series in St. Louis, October 27, 2006 "The Experts are Idiots")
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To: pctech

So, was a lack of education how Kerry ended up in Vietnam seeking papercut Purple Hearts??


27 posted on 11/01/2006 5:30:52 PM PST by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: pctech
Kerry supporters:


28 posted on 11/01/2006 5:39:52 PM PST by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: pctech

He never said he was wrong.


29 posted on 11/01/2006 5:43:56 PM PST by Uncle Miltie ("We will slaughter anyone who calls Islam violent!")
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God Bless our HEROS!

Stuck in the mud in Iraq
30 posted on 11/01/2006 5:49:27 PM PST by VastRWCon
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To: pctech
The most ironic aspect to this pathetic loser is that the very same demonrats who were bashing Lieberman for supporting the troops are now bashing Kerry for not supporting the troops.

I think we all know very well that every single demonrat who spoke against Kerry, agrees with him in their heart.

31 posted on 11/01/2006 5:52:17 PM PST by OldFriend (JOHN F. KERRY, BETRAYING OUR TROOPS AGAIN)
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To: TommyDale
Kerry: "I'm sorry that you're all such idiots that you don't understand my sophisticated jokes."

Meanwhile, we're still waiting for Dan Rather to apologize to President Bush for slandering him in 2004 using fake documents.

32 posted on 11/01/2006 5:56:56 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Cobra64
 
 
This is some seriously disturbing stuff. The other two were actually funny, but this one.....This is really bad.
 

33 posted on 11/01/2006 6:04:04 PM PST by Radix (This Tag Line would be a better joke about John Kerry if I hadn't left out 2 words and mangled it)
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To: pctech
http://www.lo-l.com/political/KerrySayingUSsoldiersAreDumb.mp3
34 posted on 11/01/2006 6:10:12 PM PST by LowOiL ("I am neither . I am a Christocrat" - Benjamin Rush)
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To: Radix
It is sick. That is an actual photo from a fellow FReeper from an anti-war rally by Code Pink idiots (at Walter Reed, I think).

These are the kinds of filth we have living here in this country.

And with Kerry's actions over the last 35 years, he must sympathize with the Hate America First crowd.

35 posted on 11/01/2006 6:10:16 PM PST by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: Cobra64

actually shes a member of westboro baptist and the maniacal fred phelps - thier ilk protests soldiers funerals as well


36 posted on 11/01/2006 6:14:33 PM PST by Revelation 911
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To: pctech
Jean Francois is only sorry he got caught, not sorry that he maligned our military. Its an apology non-apology.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

37 posted on 11/01/2006 6:17:03 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: pctech
"I'm sorry you misunderstood, but..."
38 posted on 11/01/2006 6:17:48 PM PST by RichInOC (Kerry 2008: "Sometimes...dead is bettah.")
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To: pctech
He just says that he's sorry if we were offended.

Somehow I doubt he's sorry even about that.

39 posted on 11/01/2006 6:18:38 PM PST by pray4liberty (School District horrors: http://totallyunjust.tripod.com)
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To: LowOiL
Love the sign!

John Kerry is A Botched Joke

40 posted on 11/01/2006 6:26:52 PM PST by Fixit (And a botched man, and a botched candidate, and a botched ...)
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To: VastRWCon

That video has been around for some time.

It is funny because it is about FRENCH soldiers.

Our Troops were having tears after watching it.


41 posted on 11/01/2006 6:27:38 PM PST by Radix (This Tag Line would be a better joke about John Kerry if I hadn't left out 2 words and mangled it)
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To: pctech

Kerry is sorry this issue blew up in his face!


42 posted on 11/01/2006 6:35:29 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Fixit

Heh. I was wondering if they'd found anybody from Fessenden/St. Paul's/Yale/Naval OCS to apologize for him.


43 posted on 11/01/2006 6:38:11 PM PST by RichInOC (Kerry 2008: "Sometimes...dead is bettah.")
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To: pctech
Not only did he not apologize for his remarks, he didn't really mean any service member, family member or American because that would have to include Pres. Bush.
44 posted on 11/01/2006 6:39:40 PM PST by skr (We cannot play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.-- Ronald Reagan)
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To: Cobra64
And with Kerry's actions over the last 35 years, he must sympathize with the Hate America First crowd.

I have no doubt that Kerry hates our great country, and everything we stand for. That said, WHY would he make such a horrendous statement, denigrating our military a week before such an important election?

ARROGANCE, pure and simple is part of it. Perhaps he does have much resentment of our brave service men and women, since he cut, ran, and sold his fellow soldiers out....and worse in the early 70's.

However, why would he would make comments that implode in his Party's face NOW?

Actually, I think what ole Lurch said was well thought out. He didn't win in 04, so he is "tattling" on his party for how they REALLY FEEL ABOUT OUR TROOPS AND OUR WAR AGAINST TERRORISM.

It's payback time for Kerry, the spoiled brat, and looks like he succeeded.

For that, I thank him...:)

45 posted on 11/01/2006 6:41:27 PM PST by LisaMalia (GO BUCKEYES!)
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To: LowOiL

LOL Bless those guys.


46 posted on 11/01/2006 6:53:00 PM PST by TigersEye ("Everywhere I go there's a Predator in tow, life goes on without me!")
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To: pctech
Fearful of damaging his own party in next week's elections, Sen. John Kerry apologized Wednesday.....

"Let me make this crystal clear, as crystal clear as I know how. I will apologize to no one or I will apologize depending on what day of the week it is. Let the record show that I voted against apologizing before I voted for it."

Video: Kerry refuses to apologize for insulting American troops

47 posted on 11/01/2006 6:54:57 PM PST by Polybius
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To: pctech

The people he attacked don't visit his propaganda site.
The apology without the sound bites should be made live before a national audience the same way they were delivered. His highness should beg Armed Services Radio to broadcast his apology globally.


48 posted on 11/01/2006 6:55:58 PM PST by TET1968 (SI MINOR PLUS EST ERGO NIHIL SUNT OMNIA)
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To: pctech

Kerry Sorry for 'Stuck on stupid' Remarks

There, fixed it.


49 posted on 11/01/2006 6:56:36 PM PST by sleddogs
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To: pctech

Bullshit!


50 posted on 11/01/2006 6:57:34 PM PST by sport
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