Kerryism of the Day.

The senator's caveats and curlicues.
June 24 2004 9:14 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.

Question: Didn't you tell the AP that you would aim to have U.S. troops out by the end of your first term?

Kerry: Yes, I would. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Washington Post interview, May 28, 2004

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[1] That's my aim.

[2] You bet I would.

[3] I can't tell you I will.

[4] But if we can't achieve a free election in four years, and if we can't achieve some kind of progress that sufficiently brings the Iraqi people out of the shadows and into the open to invest in their own future in that period of time, we're in trouble.

[5] And I am not for just putting a lot more American troops in there

[6] in a vacuum

[7] without some kind of international agreement

[8] as to how we're proceeding

Verbatim:

Yes, I would. That's my aim. You bet I would. I can't tell you I will. But if we can't achieve a free election in four years, and if we can't achieve some kind of progress that sufficiently brings the Iraqi people out of the shadows and into the open to invest in their own future in that period of time, we're in trouble. And I am not for just, in a vacuum, putting a lot more American troops in there without some kind of international agreement as to how we're proceeding.

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