Kerryism of the Day.

The senator's caveats and curlicues.
May 27 2004 11:41 AM

Kerryism of the Day

The senator's caveats and curlicues.

What did he say?
What did he say?

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Bob Edwards: President Bush says [Iraqi cleric Muqtada] Sadr's defiance can't stand. What should the U.S. do?

Kerry: Well, it's interesting to hear that, when they shut a newspaper that belongs to a legitimate voice in  Iraq 1  2 3 4 5 6, but 7 if it's unaccompanied by a broader set of moves to try to broaden our own base in Iraq 8, it asks for great difficulties.

Morning Edition, NPR, April 7, 2004

[1] and—well, let me change the term legitimate—when they shut a newspaper that belongs to a voice

[2]   because he has clearly taken on a far more radical tone in recent days and aligned himself with both Hamas and Hezbollah

[3] which is a terrorist alignment

[5] so it c reates its own set of needs

[6] in order to deal with the possible future spread of terrorism

[7] at the same time

[8] I just think

Kerry version:

Well, it's interesting to hear that, when they shut a newspaper that belongs to a legitimate voice in Iraq, and—well, let me change the term legitimate—when they shut a newspaper that belongs to a voice, because he has clearly taken on a far more radical tone in recent days and aligned himself with both Hamas and Hezbollah, which is a sort of terrorist alignment, so it creates its own set of needs in order to deal with the possible future spread of terrorism—but at the same time, if it's unaccompanied by a broader set of moves to try to broaden our own base in Iraq, I just think it asks for great difficulties.

(Thanks to Jim Costopoulos)

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