Kerryism of the Day.

The senator's caveats and curlicues.
July 1 2004 11:13 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.

The strong spending caps in my plan will ensure that spending doesn't grow. 1 And if Congress fails to keep spending in line, the budget caps will mean across-the-board cuts in every area. 2 3  4 5 6 7 So when I say "a cap on spending," I mean it.

—Washington, D.C., April 7, 2004

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[1] faster than inflation
[2] except security
[3] and education
[4] and mandatory programs
[5] like health care
[6] Social Security
[7] and Medicare.

Verbatim:

The strong spending caps in my plan will ensure that spending doesn't grow faster than inflation. And if Congress fails to keep spending in line, the budget caps will mean across-the-board cuts in every area except security and education and mandatory programs like health care, Social Security, and Medicare. So when I say "a cap on spending," I mean it.

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