Kerryism of the Day.

The senator's caveats and curlicues.
July 22 2004 11:47 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: Sen. Kerry, your campaign and you were demanding to know whether President Bush had read this National Intelligence Estimate before committing to go to war with Iraq, and it turns out that your staff admitted that you didn't read it either. 

Kerry:  I've seen several National Intelligence Estimates. 1 2 3 4

—Imus in the Morning, July 15, 2004

[1] I don't know what they're referring to.

[2] I'm not sure what they're referring to.

[3] I've seen a number of National Intelligence Estimates

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[4] over the course of my Senate career

Verbatim:

I've seen several National Intelligence Estimates. I don't know what they're referring to. I'm not sure what they're referring to. I've seen, over the course of my Senate career, a number of National Intelligence Estimates.

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