Kerryism of the Day.

The senator's caveats and curlicues.
July 6 2004 3:27 PM

Kerryism of the Day

The senator's caveats and curlicues.

What did he say?
What did he say?

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"I oppose abortion 1. I don't like abortion. I believe life does begin at conception. 2 3"

—Dubuque, Iowa, Telegraph Herald, July 4, 2004

[2] But I can't take my Catholic belief, my article of faith, and legislate it on a Protestant or a Jew or an atheist …

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[3] who doesn' t share it.

Verbatim:

"I oppose abortion, personally. I don't like abortion. I believe life does begin at conception. But I can't take my Catholic belief, my article of faith, and legislate it on a Protestant or a Jew or an atheist ... who doesn't share it." [Ellipses in original transcript]

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