Kerryism of the Day.

The senator's caveats and curlicues.
June 28 2004 4:19 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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"If I'm president, we'll have a military second to nobody in this world, and I won't hesitate to use force 1 2 to achieve our goal."

­­—Washington Post interview, May 28, 2004

[1] if necessary

[2] as a last resort

Verbatim:
If I'm president, we'll have a military second to nobody in this world, and I won't hesitate to use force if necessary as a last resort to achieve our goal.

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