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McCain defends Kerry on defense
MSNBC/AP ^ | 3/18/2004

Posted on 01/27/2008 3:38:52 PM PST by B Knotts

Arizona senator says GOP rhetoric 'not helpful'

WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Thursday he did not believe Democratic candidate John Kerry, a friend and Senate colleague, was weak on defense or would compromise national security if elected president.

“This kind of rhetoric, I think, is not helpful in educating and helping the American people make a choice,” McCain said on “The Early Show” on CBS. “You know, it’s the most bitter and partisan campaign that I’ve ever observed. I think it’s because both parties are going to their bases rather than going to the middle. I regret it.”

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'Today' appearance

Asked on NBC’s “Today” if he thought Kerry was weak on defense, McCain said: “No, I do not believe that he is, quote, weak on defense. He’s responsible for his voting record, as we are all responsible for our records, and he’ll have to explain it. But, no, I do not believe that he is necessarily weak on defense. I don’t agree with him on some issues, clearly. But I decry this negativism that’s going on on both sides. The American people don’t need it.”

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections
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An oldie but a goodie. John McCain standing up against President Bush in favor of his good friend, John Kerry, who served in Vietnam.
1 posted on 01/27/2008 3:38:55 PM PST by B Knotts
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To: B Knotts

Global warming ninny McCain is an absolute conservative fraud. Those who vote for him believing he’ll be tough on terrorists will be dissapointed.


2 posted on 01/27/2008 3:41:27 PM PST by Maynerd (McCain = amnesty, higher taxes, tand rendy global warming hysteria)
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To: B Knotts

I hope you FLORIDA CONSERVATIVES are reading this... McStain must be STOPPED and STOPPED NOW!!!


3 posted on 01/27/2008 3:41:32 PM PST by Nat Turner (Proud two term solider in the 2nd Infantry Div 84-85; 91-92)
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To: B Knotts

It’s as though he WANTS us to despise him. If this man gets the nomination I think I can write off the GOP for good.


4 posted on 01/27/2008 3:41:32 PM PST by bushinohio
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To: B Knotts

March 18, 2004

Old news.
5 posted on 01/27/2008 3:42:31 PM PST by TommyDale (Never forget the Republicans who voted for illegal immigrant amnesty in 2007!)
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To: Nat Turner

Agreed!


6 posted on 01/27/2008 3:42:33 PM PST by B Knotts (If McCain wins, we lose.)
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To: B Knotts

All the more reason not to vote for this RINO.


7 posted on 01/27/2008 3:42:38 PM PST by Sister_T (At this point, I don't know who to vote for ,,, but I know I'm not voting for McCain!)
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To: TommyDale

I stated that in the comment when I posted the article.


8 posted on 01/27/2008 3:43:07 PM PST by B Knotts (If McCain wins, we lose.)
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To: B Knotts
McCain is a Kiss Up. The people that he can’t please is the Conservatives voter.
9 posted on 01/27/2008 3:43:48 PM PST by bmwcyle (McCain Sucks!)
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To: B Knotts
He is first and foremost a politician. Principles come somewhere further down McCain’s list from what I’ve seen.
10 posted on 01/27/2008 3:43:58 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: B Knotts
I think it’s because both parties are going to their bases rather than going to the middle.

I'd be happy to tell you where you can go, John.

11 posted on 01/27/2008 3:44:29 PM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: B Knotts

But you notice that many people don’t see that. They think this is current news.


12 posted on 01/27/2008 3:45:20 PM PST by TommyDale (Never forget the Republicans who voted for illegal immigrant amnesty in 2007!)
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To: B Knotts

Knock this crap off. McCain, isn’t standing up for Kerry, he’s standing up for amicable campaign tactics. You know as well as I do that McCain and Kerry have very different views on national security and foreign policy and trying to pretend otherwise is ridiculous.


13 posted on 01/27/2008 3:46:00 PM PST by glennshepard (Semper Fi)
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To: facedown

Voting for McClain is voting for a democrap—Just like our RINO governor in CA.


14 posted on 01/27/2008 3:46:10 PM PST by notaliberal
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To: TommyDale

Well, I tried to point it out. I searched to see if this had been posted in 2004, but it appears it hadn’t.


15 posted on 01/27/2008 3:46:11 PM PST by B Knotts (If McCain wins, we lose.)
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To: B Knotts
"I think it’s because both parties are going to their bases rather than going to the middle. I regret it.”

This demonstrates John McCain's political philosophy. He doesn't want to appeal to the Republican base, that would be "regrettable."

16 posted on 01/27/2008 3:46:49 PM PST by JHL (Ps 118:8-9)
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To: B Knotts

Has Kerry collected his $1,000,000.00 from that bet he made with T. Boone Pickens yet?


17 posted on 01/27/2008 3:47:00 PM PST by Radix (If your outgo exceeds your income, your upkeep will be your downfall.)
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To: B Knotts; Admin Moderator

This is the second OLD piece I’ve just read here WITHOUT the ACTUAL date -which you can always add in parentheses when posting the piece.

Believe me- I am delighted to see any article that shows McCain for what he is :) but we need context.


18 posted on 01/27/2008 3:48:34 PM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: B Knotts
McLame needs to get rid of that bad taste in his mouth. And Kerry will be happy to deliver the specimen.
19 posted on 01/27/2008 3:53:21 PM PST by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: B Knotts
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Thursday he did not believe Democratic candidate John Kerry, a friend and Senate colleague, was weak on defense or would compromise national security if elected president.

Kerry was calling for immediate withdrawal from Iraq and McCain endorsed this as being strong on defense. I clearly remember Kerry using those beheadings that were posted on the internet as a reason why we needed to leave there fast.

20 posted on 01/27/2008 3:55:01 PM PST by Perchant
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To: gathersnomoss

I can’t stand McCain. He is a liar and would say anything if he thought it would get him elected. He is worse than a democrap.


21 posted on 01/27/2008 3:55:18 PM PST by baiamonte
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To: B Knotts
John McCain standing up against President Bush in favor of his good friend, John Kerry, who served in Vietnam.

I didn't know that. Did you know that? Does anybody out there recognize and applaud that John Kerry served in Vietnam?? I'd heard that Kerry was an ace Snowboarder, full gale force Windssurfer, and even gots hisselfs a Huntin' License !!!

What a magnificent American !

/sarc off

22 posted on 01/27/2008 3:56:03 PM PST by Mr_Moonlight
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To: maverickusna2009
"Knock this crap off. McCain, isn’t standing up for Kerry, he’s standing up for amicable campaign tactics. You know as well as I do that McCain and Kerry have very different views on national security and foreign policy and trying to pretend otherwise is ridiculous."

Listen, when I got out of the Army in 1973 and was looking for work in Massachussetts, I felt compelled TO LEAVE OFF my military service from my resume. I was not alone. The prejudice against the troops was that strong. The "baby-killing" epithets at the time (particularly in places in the Northeast) were primarily the responsibility of two anti-American showboating celebrities: Jane Fonda and John Kerry.

Kerry did everything he could to legitimize this slander in the early 1970's. Go read up on the "war crimes trial" he was a central participant of in Michigan in 1972-1973. "Disgusting" is the only appropriate description of his activity.

One thing I did not like about the Swift Boat deal, was that they ignored this aspect of his "career."

23 posted on 01/27/2008 4:00:39 PM PST by cookcounty (Ja-pan Jack Murtha, The ex-Marine who thinks Okinawa is on his Middle East map.)
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To: B Knotts

You don’t understand that it is ok to post all kinds of old news about Romney but you can’t do that when it come to McCain...I saw your first comment when you mentioned oldie but goodie...I also read the date of the article. Thanks for posting....


24 posted on 01/27/2008 4:06:50 PM PST by txlurker
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To: maverickusna2009
Knock this crap off. McCain, isn’t standing up for Kerry, he’s standing up for amicable campaign tactics.

Yes he was...it is a "good ole boys" club and you know it. McCain is a RINO...he has trashed conservatives every chance he gets. It is time for term limits.

25 posted on 01/27/2008 4:09:17 PM PST by txlurker
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To: B Knotts; All

Thanks for the reminder with this historic post.

ANY person who refers to the traitor John F’in Kerry as “his dear friend” is NO friend of America, is NO friend of our Constitution, and is NO friend of *MINE* !!!

And that means that John McCain can chase me to his oft-cited ‘Gates of Hell Itself’ but he won’t get my vote, not now, not ever!


26 posted on 01/27/2008 4:10:47 PM PST by mkjessup (GOP + FOX + National Review = The NEW "Axis of RINOs")
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To: SE Mom

I put the actual date in the date field, and I pointed out that it was old in the first comment.


27 posted on 01/27/2008 4:15:11 PM PST by B Knotts (If McCain wins, we lose.)
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To: B Knotts

Pay no attention- I’m just having a GRUMPY day..really wishing Fred hadn’t dropped out:)


28 posted on 01/27/2008 4:18:23 PM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Mr_Moonlight
even gots hisselfs a Huntin' License

LOL...that was a classic! It was the height of absurdity...a blue-blood Northeasterner like Kerry, saying "Can I get me a hunting license here?"

29 posted on 01/27/2008 4:19:51 PM PST by B Knotts (If McCain wins, we lose.)
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To: SE Mom

No problem. I understand what you’re saying, and I thought about putting “2004” in the title, but I figured that my comment would be good enough.


30 posted on 01/27/2008 4:21:47 PM PST by B Knotts (If McCain wins, we lose.)
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To: B Knotts

I’m glad you posted this because even if it’s “old news” it’s important to current news.

I remember during the GOP Convention in ‘04 McCain was in the audience and a reporter asked him a question and he responded that he thought John Kerry would make a good president.

There is some strange connnection between McCain and Kerry, and that alone should frighten anyone voting GOP.


31 posted on 01/27/2008 4:22:28 PM PST by KJC1
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To: cookcounty

I’m not saying that Kerry has a good record; in fact, I believe quite the opposite and supported the swift boat veterans whole-heartedly. However, in terms of the candidates or other politicians becoming involved in smear campaigns I believe that McCain made the right choice.


32 posted on 01/27/2008 4:33:42 PM PST by glennshepard (Semper Fi)
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To: txlurker

I apologize, you’re right. McCain has been on the wrong side of the Iraq War this entire time and his rhetoric towards Iran and other threats to American national security lead me to believe that he would take our foreign policy in the wrong direction. /s


33 posted on 01/27/2008 4:35:39 PM PST by glennshepard (Semper Fi)
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