Skip to comments.Democrats Defend Bush Charge (Te-RAY-za has to ask lowly Wendy's cashier what Chili is)
Posted on 07/30/2004 8:00:57 PM PDT by crushkerry
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Newly installed Democratic presidential team of John Kerry and John Edwards (news - web sites) defended their ticket from President Bush's charge that his challenger has no "signature achievements" as they drew thousands of supporters Friday, the first official day of the general election campaign. Kerry and Edwards embarked on a two-week coast-to-coast trip just eight hours after standing in a downpour of balloons and confetti at the end of their nominating convention.
They were barely on their way before being challenged by the president.
"After 19 years in the U.S. Senate, my opponent has had thousands of votes, but few signature achievements," Bush told supporters in a Midwest campaign swing.
Bush said despite Kerry's promises to reform America's intelligence, health care and education systems, he has no significant record of doing so during 19 years in the Senate.
"In fact, he and his running mate consistently opposed reforms that limit the power of Washington reforms that would leave more power in the hands of the people," Bush said.
"Here we go again," Edwards said, lamenting Bush's criticism to a chorus of boos from the crowd in Harrisburg.
"They're trying to take this campaign for the highest office in the land down the lowest possible road," Edwards continued. "You can reject this tired old hateful negative politics of the past and instead embrace the politics of hope."
Edwards led the crowd in his convention speech refrain that "Hope is on the way." Bush answered with his own chant that "Results matter."
In an interview, Kerry dismissed Bush's criticism with a laugh as "the response to a positive campaign." He said he was behind a long list of legislation during his Senate career, including funding for more community police, improvements to health care and support for fisheries programs.
"They don't have a record to run on, so all they can do is attack," Kerry said.
Kerry's caravan of 10 buses and at least 11 other support vehicles rolled through Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania Friday. He didn't stop in safely Democratic Connecticut, but pulled over at Wendy's, a fast food restaurant, in New York's GOP-leaning Hudson Valley for an anniversary tradition.
John and Elizabeth Edwards ate at a Wendy's on their wedding night 27 years ago when they were recent law school grads too broke for a fancy meal. Although they have become millionaires several times over, they say they observe the tradition each year.
"I have to admit that Wendy's with an entire presidential campaign press corps is a little different than the first time we went there," Elizabeth Edwards said.
The Edwards had hearty meals of burgers and fries and shared a chocolate Frosty. Teresa Heinz Kerry, apparently unfamiliar with the Wendy's menu, pointed at a picture of chili and asked the cashier what it was before ordering a bowl. Her husband had the same, along with a Frosty.
The two couples brought along their adult children and blockbuster actor Ben Affleck for some extra attention on their tour's opening weekend.
"Don't confuse me for being on the front bus," Affleck said after being mobbed by media outside the restaurant. He said he was riding behind Kerry's lead motorcoach in a bus that he said seemed more like it was from the Eisenhower-era.
While Affleck signed autographs, patrons congratulated Kerry on his speech to the Democratic National Convention Thursday night. Registered Republican Chris Smith said he became convinced Kerry would beat Bush after watching it.
"I don't like the way the present administration is handling Iraq (news - web sites) or the National Guard," said Smith, a nuclear plant worker and Navy veteran.
Kerry's morning rally was surprisingly small for the hometown nominee, with no more than 500 people only half-filling a harbor-side park. With a long day ahead and little sleep the night before, the candidate opened by sleepily saying, "I'm longing to have my head hit a pillow."
The afternoon rally in Scranton was a more impressive draw, with several thousand cheering supporters filling at least three city blocks, hanging out of office buildings and garages. And at a twilight rally in Harrisburg, thousands filled the state Capitol steps and spilled back as far as one could see into the park and streets.
Kerry opened his Scranton rally by thanking Edwards and his family and his daughters for their performances at the convention. He said he started to tear up as he watched them introduce him and had to turn away so he could compose himself for his own speech. Then he noticed that his daughter Vanessa wasn't listening the Harvard medical student was tending to a rally-goer who was feeling faint in the heat.
"These are dangerous times today," Kerry said, referring to the threat of terrorism, not the heat. "We're living in a world that's changed dramatically from the world of four years ago and we deserve leadership that tells the truth to the American people and helps America act like a beacon to the world."
Meanwhile, the Federal Election Commission (news - web sites) on Friday approved the release of $74.7 million in federal funds that Kerry and Edwards will use from now until Election Day. The agency notified the Treasury Department (news - web sites), which will wire the cash to the campaign, the commission said.
Because Kerry accepted public funding for the general election, he is barred from spending any other cash since becoming his party's nominee.
Pres. Bush was talking about their Senate record.
Person A goes hunting every year for 18 years and bags a few deer for his freezer.
Person B says, "Person A likes to eat deer meat."
Person A says, "Why are you attacking me like that?!!"
amazing. . .
Seeing this pic I am stuck by two things,
One: I know it is a photo op and all, but if it is their anniversary, shouldn't the Edwards' be sitting across from each other, not next to?
Two: Look at the people in the background, it looks like the guy right next to them had to turn his chair sideways in order not to be seen in the pic... it's amazing what you find when you study these pics
>I felt as if I had entered the bizarro world while reading >this.
LOL!! I know what you mean. I kept waiting on another doozy, like aliens landed in the parking lot with a "We hate Dubya" sign hanging from thier ship.
Jeez, I mean Ben Affleck?!? At the Wendy's? And how long as that woman been in this country that she doesn't know what Chili is?
When I get to $1 billion I will have a Burger King next to the tennis court and a Wendy's in the middle of the circular driveway. Staff and guests will have to buy their own lunch. Any hoboes that get past the gate will be able to get yesterday's fries at the kitchen entrance for free. I will let Teresa work the drive-up window, which should be a kick.
She'll probably have the trots tonight.
Better not order coffee and spill the java. Edwards will sue.
Edwards would be in the crowd getting yesterday's fries at the kitchen door, no coffee.
Give it a rest, Breck Girl. Your party is the master of the 'low road' politics.
Just another photo op!
Darn, I want a Frosty now.
They are starting to sound like the woman running for DA and she promises SHE will run a clean campaign and stick to the issues.
"I will not run a law practice out of the DA's office"
"I will not hire my brother"
"i will not have an affair with my secretary"
etc etc etc...
What's funny about this picture and that of the Marines who didn't appreciate being poked at by an overenthused POS like Kerry... is how many of the people in the restaraunt have their backs turned to the Hamsterman.
Even more bizarre, eating at Wendy's is a Kerry anniversary tradition and she still doesn't know what chili is?!?!?
Are the buses solar powered?
The stupid media morons call it that as well.
It is just a frosty.
MEDIA ALSO JUMPED ALL GHWB FOR NOT KNOWING THE PRICE OF GAL. OF MILK.
I think it was supposed to be an Edwards tradition.
This doesn't pass the smell test. This campaign "product placement" of Wendy's is a little too convenient. It's one monster commercial.
The star of Gigli is a "blockbuster actor"? Gobble gobble!
Provolone, Velveeta, or Cheeze-whiz.
"Even more bizarre, eating at Wendy's is a Kerry anniversary tradition and she still doesn't know what chili is?!?!?"
No it's the Edwards anniv. tradition to eat at Wendys. Evita Teresa Peron is the one who didn't know what chili was or how to read Wendys English menu albeit her mastery of five languages. The empress wouldn't know a drive-thru if she got run over in one.
"MEDIA ALSO JUMPED ALL GHWB FOR NOT KNOWING THE PRICE OF GAL. OF MILK."
I'm Jane Doe citizen and could be blamed for that too. I'll notice the price of milk the day it costs $5.00 a gallon. Otherwise the 7 day working dairy farmers deserve every cent they get which is pitifully little compared to the middle men they must go through.
Of course the media won't point that out, like they did back in 92 when then President Bush was confused at the supermarket checkout counter. They used that to point out how "out of touch" he was.
He probably said "this bus is from the '50's, dude!" and the reporter made up "Eisenhower era" himself.
""They're trying to take this campaign for the highest office in the land down the lowest possible road," Edwards continued. "You can reject this tired old hateful negative politics of the past and instead embrace the politics of hope.""
Can't run on your records, hey? Big hat, no cattle.
I think we should defend democracy...... and the great all-American custom of eating chili.......by sending Terayza our favorite chili recipes.
LIZS BEST ALL-AMERICAN TEXAS CHILI
Saute briefly in olive oil onions, green bell peppers, shallot, jalapeno peppers, garlic clove, all pureed together in processor. Add to pan grnd beef (or use grnd turkey). Cook a bit. Add can crushed tomatoes, beef boullion granules, water (or use canned boullion), crushed baked corn tortillas, hot sauce, honey, cumin, paprika, turmeric, black pepper, chili powder, ketchup, to taste. Simmer 30 min. Serve topped with shredded cheddar, or jalapeno jack, dollop sour cream. Texans eat this with saltine crackers.
What strikes me is that it seems the only patron paying any attention to them is the curious little girl behind the Edwards. Even Clinton drew crowds in McDonalds but there's no such attraction here obviously.
What a boring way to begin a speech. Erudite, but boring. He needs lessons from Dan Rather. Wouldn't that be funny. Kerry trying to pull off Rather's colorful, hokey, spacey terminology.
Maybe it's just me, but when I fix Steak-um's for my family, American cheese seems to fit well on them.
But the Wendy's tradition is kinda touching.
Te-RAY-za's a nut case.
Ah! My bad. I confused John for John...
LMAO! 'The African Queen'
You call that slick? If people can't see through that! Rudy was doing a great job at a press conference in saying how the Demonrat convention and the Kerry/Edwards campaign are doing their best to RUN AWAY from their record. It is pretty obvious all those yrs. in the Senate show Kerry is no friend to the military, intelligence agencies and has nothing of note on domestic issues as well. How does a man who proposes a 50cent gas tax claim he is for the middle class and poor?? And then claiming those who make over $200,000 are 'rich'?? They happen to be the people who would create jobs! His answer is raise the taxes and promise everything to everybody, but he's supposedly going to balance the budget!! I also hope the President will hit back at Kerry in one of the debates when Kerry claims the so-called 'rich' don't need the tax cuts-why does Kerry need 5 multi-million dollar homes?? Where is he in giving them away to the homeless and those who are in need? Complete phony.
Teresa (to John E.): "What is that... that thing you are eating?"
John E.: "It's a cheeseburger."
Teresa: "Sheezebuhrgair? I have never heard of such a thing."
John E.: "No, it's cheese-burg-er."
Teresa: "That is what I said. But what is it? It looks vile."
John K. (interrupting): "It's sort of like minced filet mignon avec fromage, honey. Some of the common people eat such things on the cook's day off."
Elizabeth: [makes grunting sound] "You gonna finish those fries, Terry?"
Teresa: "This sheezebuhrgair sounds amusing. Perhaps with some chopped truffles mixed in..."
John K.: "Ummm, no."
Teresa: "Or a slice of paté on top..."
John K: "Well, hon, I don't think..."
Teresa [snappishly]: "Yes, zis is a problem of yours; you don't think."
Elizabeth: [makes loud slurping noise as her straw pulls up the last of her Frosty] "Hey John, get me 'nother one of these -- they're good."
Teresa: "Perhaps a sauce of reduced Bordeaux, some shallots..."
Slick was in reference to his ability to convince to poor sorry souls that actually believe in him. Hopefully those sorry souls will wake up and spell the coffee before the election.
And you believe that the Edwards clan walks into a Wendy's if there's no pool camera to record it?