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Old 10-31-2006, 03:21 PM   #16
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I believe it was a botched joke, no way would he ever make a statement like that

http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/10/...ain/index.html

Kerry later said the remark was a "botched joke" meant to target the president, not U.S. troops.

A Kerry aide told CNN that the prepared statement, which had been designed to criticize President Bush, "was mangled in delivery."

Kerry was supposed to say, "I can't overstress the importance of a great education. Do you know where you end up if you don't study, if you aren't smart, if you're intellectually lazy? You end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq."
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Old 10-31-2006, 03:23 PM   #17
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I believe it was a botched joke, no way would he ever make a statement like that

http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/10/...ain/index.html

Kerry later said the remark was a "botched joke" meant to target the president, not U.S. troops.

A Kerry aide told CNN that the prepared statement, which had been designed to criticize President Bush, "was mangled in delivery."

Kerry was supposed to say, "I can't overstress the importance of a great education. Do you know where you end up if you don't study, if you aren't smart, if you're intellectually lazy? You end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq."
Considering that he voted to send us there - I can see the humor.
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Old 10-31-2006, 03:25 PM   #18
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Did he vote to send us there based upon faulty information? I won't say lies..

Yes he did, but that doesn't mean he can't criticize Bush for what is going on there now, years later.
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"My name is John Kerry, and I'm REPORTING FOR DUTY!!!"


I heard his first comments about our troops, and then his response to the criticism of it. Unbelievable. His statement definitely did not come across as a joke, at all. He should apologize immediately, then maybe this embarrassment can blow over.
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I also used the GI Bill, went to college, and now I'm back as an officer. I am also using Tuition Assistance to take seminary classes.
I've always actually wondered how many "kids" who decide they're joining to use the GI Bill end up going to college in the end? I've known a couple of guys who joined and they said their personal experience was that a small proportion of their buddies went back to university at some point. I'd love to see actual numbers on it, though, rather than anecdotal experience.
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I could not have achieved the little I have achieved without my 8 years of service in the reserves.

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What an idiotic thing for Kerry to say, and to do it a week before Election Day.

Democrats shooting themselves in the foot again...
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This is his final answer - way to go and put it like it should be. He uses the same joke and left out the word "us"

I can only wish he had been so forceful and clear in 04.

As for shooting ourselves in the foot. bush couldn't even get the name of the guy he was on stage for the other day. He called him three different names. Must not have been wearing his hidden microphone.

See the update at the bottom
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/taylor...t_b_32911.html
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Old 10-31-2006, 05:52 PM   #24
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And this is the level of civility the value group has brought to our political discourse.

"If he doesn't apologize we're going to beat him to death until he does..."

- Rep. John Boehner - GOP Majority Leader to John Gibson on Fox News at 5.20pm ET

Sort of like Allen's staffers today on a constituent
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Old 10-31-2006, 05:53 PM   #25
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In the context of what he was saying it makes sense. Only when it is taken out of that context does it appear to be a slur against troops not leadership.

I don't get the big deal, unless people don't understand context.
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It's that they are so desperate that they are picking up on anything possible. Sort of like the fly back for Teri Schaivo stunt
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Old 10-31-2006, 06:35 PM   #27
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I'm kind of confused as to all the outrage. He made a somewhat lame joke directed towards Bush's level of education and this has what to do with the military? I can't say how happy I am not to be in the US during the last week before elections. Absolutely poisonous environment.
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should be good for at least 3-4 days on hannity and limbaugh

maybe they can get the Kerry swiftboat ads up again

also, remember Kerry speaks the language of the cheese eating surrender monkeys
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He shouldn't apologize for a damn thing. He did nothing wrong. If people interpret it incorrectly, that's their fault, not his.

Fucking partisian politicians blowing something stupid completely out of proportion.

Shame on those of you that actually think John Kerry owes anybody an apology.

It is absolutely unbelievable that nobody is demanding that Bush apologize to all of the parents who lost their children because of this pointless war, but as soon as a bad joke gets taken out of context, Kerry is crucified.

Again, Kerry has nothing to apologize for.
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this reminds me of the time when Lynne Cheney said it was a "tawdry trick" when Kerry said nice things about how much they love their daughter.
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