Kerryism of the Day.

The senator's caveats and curlicues.
June 10 2004 3:08 PM

Kerryism of the Day

The senator's caveats and curlicues.

What did he say?
What did he say?

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Question: You once opposed mandatory sentences for people convicted of drug crimes.

Kerry: Yeah 1. There may have been an individual instance where I thought they were too long or didn't make sense. 2 3
Time, Feb. 9, 2004

[1] but I voted for them later on

[2] But I've voted for mandatory minimums

[3] in certain instances.

Kerry version:

Yeah, but I voted for them later on. There may have been an individual instance where I thought they were too long or didn't make sense. But I've voted for mandatory minimums in certain instances.

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