Kerryism of the Day.

The senator's caveats and curlicues.
June 11 2004 8:37 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

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Question: You're going to support $25 billion of emergency spending [for Iraq]. Well, like the $87 billion in the past, will you wait to see how that's going to be funded before you put your final stamp on—

Kerry: I will, obviously. Nobody's going to 1 2 nobody's going to leave the troops without the things that we need right now. 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Hannity and Colmes, May 13, 2004

[1] if this money is urgent for the troops

[3] But I want to see exactly what the plan is

[4] and I want to see exactly where the money is going

[5] and how much is needed

[6] in reality

[7]   But I'm supportive of the troops

[9] as are every other American.

Kerry version:

I will, obviously. Nobody's going to—if this money is legitimately urgent for the troops, nobody's going to leave the troops without the things that we need right now. But I want to see exactly what the plan is, and I want to see exactly where the money is going, and how much is, in reality, needed. But I'm obviously supportive of the troops, as are every other American.

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