Kerryism of the Day.

Kerryism of the Day.

Kerryism of the Day.

The senator's caveats and curlicues.
June 7 2004 3:05 PM

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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"Essential reading? O bviously 1 I 2 b elieve 3 you ought to read the Bible. 4 5 6 7 I think a religious found ation 8 is i mporta nt 9   10."

—C-SPAN interview, June 3, 2004

[1] um, uh, I mean, if you—I don't know if you're picking 10 books or five books or whatever, but

[2] happen to

[3] —a lot of people don't—

[4] People might pick up the Koran

[5] or the Torah

[6] or whatever, obviously

[7] dependin g on your religion, but

[9] whether it's Confucianism or Hinduism

Kerry version:

Essential reading? Obviously, um, uh, I mean, if you—I don't know if you're picking ten books or five books or whatever, but I happen to believe—a lot of people don't—you ought to read the Bible. People might pick up the Koran or the Torah or whatever, obviously, depending on your religion, but I think a religious foundation—I personally think—is important, whether it's Confucianism or Hinduism or whatever it is.

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