Kerryism of the Day.

The senator's caveats and curlicues.
May 25 2004 2:29 PM

Kerryism of the Day

The senator's caveats and curlicues.

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William Saletan William Saletan

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Tim Russert:  If there's another bill to provide money for the troops, you'll vote against it again?
Kerry: It depends 1, Tim. 2 3 Even the generals in Iraq said the money in that bill had no impact on their ability to continue to fight. We had money all the way 4, and 5 you know 6 7 that 8 we would have sat down at a table, we [would] have worked out exactly how we were going to do this intelligently, and we would have had a better bill.
—Washington, D.C., April 18, 2004

[1] entirely on what the situation is

[2] I'm not going to say that.

[3] What I'm saying is

[4] through January

[5] if my vote had been the deciding vote

[6] as well as the president knows

[7] as well as every Republican knows

[8] if I'd been the deciding vote

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