Kerryism of the Day.

The senator's caveats and curlicues.
June 16 2004 11:29 AM

Kerryism of the Day

The senator's caveats and curlicues.

What did he say?
What did he say?

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William Saletan William Saletan

Will Saletan writes about politics, science, technology, and other stuff for Slate. He’s the author of Bearing Right.

"I am the only United States Senato r 1 2who has voluntarily refused to ever take in any of my races 3 one dime of 4 special interest money. The only checks I took were from individual Americans. 5"

—NPR's All Things Considered, Feb. 9, 2004

[1] who has been elected four times

[2] currently serving in the Senate

[3] for the Senate

[4] political action committee

[5] Now did some individual lobbyists contribute? The answer is, yes, they did.

Verbatim:

I am the only United States Senator who has been elected four times, currently serving in the Senate, who has voluntarily refused to ever take, in any of my races for the Senate, one dime of political action committee special interest money. The only checks I took were from individual Americans. Now did some individual lobbyists contribute? The answer is, yes, they did.

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