When John F'n Kerry was running for President....
Kerry said..."his goal as president in waging war on terrorism would be to "get back to the place we were, where terrorists are not the focus of our lives, but they're a nuisance."
In the interview, Kerry drew parallels between his vision for the war and the way law enforcement battles intractable problems.
"As a former law enforcement person, I know we're never going to end prostitution," Kerry was quoted as saying. "We're never going to end illegal gambling. But we're going to reduce it, organized crime, to a level where it isn't on the rise. It isn't threatening people's lives every day."
In the Bush ad, a narrator says: "Now Kerry says we have to get back to the place where terrorists are a nuisance like gambling and prostitution. We're never going to end them."
"Terrorism a nuisance?" the narrator asks. "How can Kerry protect us when he doesn't understand the threat?"
The Kerry camp complained that the ad inaccurately indicated that he viewed terrorism in the present as a mere nuisance and unfairly suggested that he didn't take the threat seriously.