John F. Kerry

The Real Deal!
...A Vision For Tomorrow

Why I'm Running For President "I'm running for president to put America back to work ... I'm running for president because health care is not a benefit for the wealthy or the elected or the connected ... I'm running for president because I know that we could be a hell of a lot stronger in the world if we were to secure our freedom ... I'm running for president because I believe we can build an even more effective military. Working families all across our country are living by the oldest and greatest of American values -- hard work, service, and caring for one another. I'm running for president because I believe that our government should live by those values, too. I'm running for president because I want an economy that strengthens and expands the middle class, not one that squeezes it John Kerry ATLANTIC CITY, N.J 6/15/04 9-11 Commission and Security "The American people deserve an answer now as to why we had intelligence failures and what the security needs of our nation are. Why is this administration stonewalling and resisting the investigation into what happened and why did we had the greatest security failure in the history of our country? The American people deserve an answer now. The immediate instinct of the Republicans and this administration was to shut it down." John F. Kerry, 3-07-04 Source:UPI America America is more than a piece of geography, more than the name of a country. It is the most powerful idea in human history: freedom and equal opportunity for all. I am running for president to renew that idea and spirit again. John F. Kerry Brown Vs Board of Education "We have not met the promise of Brown when one-third of all African-American children are living in poverty. We have not met the promise of Brown when only fifty percent of African-American men in New York City have a job. We have not met the promise of Brown when nearly twenty million black and Hispanic Americans don't have basic health insurance. And we certainly have not met the promise of Brown when, in too many parts of our country, our school systems are not separate but equal -- but they are separate and unequal... For America to be America for any of us, America must be America for all of us." John F. Kerry Bush's Economic Program "Only George W. Bush could celebrate over a record budget deficit of $422 billion, a loss of 1.6 million jobs and Medicare premiums that are up by a record 17 percent, "W stands for wrong — the wrong direction for America." John F. Kerry By PETE YOST, Associated Press Writer 9/7/4 I'm glad the President finally found an economic development program. I'm just sad that it's only in Baghdad. John F. Kerry Source:BQ George Bush is to.. "what Paul Bremer is to peace in Iraq; what George Tenet is to 'slam dunk intelligence'; ... what George Bush is to 'Mission Accomplished' and 'Wanted Dead or Alive.' ... The bottom line is simple: The 'we'll do whatever it takes' administration doesn't have what it takes to get the job done." John Kerry Source:Brown University 9-19-2005 Bush I and Bush II I promise just to serve two terms. Republicans do it differently. They just have the son repeat the father's whole first term. John F. Kerry Source:BQ Bush and WMD The problem is not just that he is changing his story now -- it is that it appears he was telling the American people stories in 2002. He told America that Iraq had chemical weapons two months after his own Defense Intelligence Agency told him that there was, quote, 'no reliable information on whether Iraq is producing and stockpiling chemical weapons.' John F. Kerry Meet The Press, 02-08-04 Campaign I have confidence in my campaign. I have assembled a great team that is going to beat George W. Bush, and any rumors to the contrary are completely erroneous. John F. Kerry Source:BQ Cheney "We all saw the anger and distortion of the Republican Convention. The vice president even called me unfit for office last night. I guess I'll leave it up to the voters whether five deferments makes someone more qualified to defend this nation than two tours of duty." John F. Kerry Source:Associated Press 9-2-4 Citizen Soldier I'm running for President to make the country we love safer, stronger, and more secure. I'm asking every American to be a Citizen Soldier again committed to leaving no American behind. John F. Kerry Source:KFP Compassionate Conservative "The president is just trying to scare everybody here with throwing labels around. I mean, compassionate conservative, what does that mean? Cutting 500,000 kids from after-school programs, cutting 365,000 kids from health care, running up the biggest deficits in American history. Mr. President, you're batting 0 for 2." John F. Kerry Source:Second Presidential Debate Credibility We need to restore America’s credibility around the world and the trust of the American people in their government at home. That’s not going to happen with a sham commission... We need this President to take responsibility and to finally tell the truth to the American people. John F. Kerry Source:KFP Defending America I defended this country as a young man and I will defend it as President. Let there be no mistake: I will never hesitate to use force when it is required. Any attack will be met with a swift and certain response. I will never give any nation or international institution a veto over our national security. And I will build a stronger American military. John F. Kerry Source:Democratic Acceptance Speech Debt "He's added more debt to the debt of the United States in four years than all the way from George Washington to Ronald Reagan put together. Go figure." The budget swung from a record $313 billion surplus projected when Bush took office to a record $422 billion deficit this election year. John Kerry 10/08/04 Source:Debate "The president was handed a $5.6 trillion surplus, ladies and gentlemen. That's where he was when he came into office. We now have a $2.6 trillion deficit. This is the biggest turnaround in the history of the country. He's the first president in 72 years to lose jobs. He talked about war. This is the first time the United States of America has ever had a tax cut when we're at war." John Kerry 10/08/04 Source:Debate Education In my first one hundred days as president, I will set the nation on course to achieve unprecedented levels of quality education, child care, and health care for America’s children. America should be committed to expanding opportunities for learning enhancing early childhood development and my Administration will lead the way. My comprehensive plan to provide for America’s children is an example of the kind of leadership America is craving for from its president. It provides real solutions to the problems are families are facing every day and it is a real plan to leave no child behind. John F. Kerry Source:KFP Parents shouldn’t be forced to send their children to unlicensed child care providers because the waiting lists are too long everywhere else. That’s why I’ll create an ‘Excellence in Early Care and Education’ fund that will make sure your children will receive quality care from highly-trained professionals. With your help, I’ll be a President who will make childcare a priority, and early childhood education a national way of life. John F. Kerry Source:KFP Edwards "I have chosen a man who understands and defends the values of America, a man who has shown courage and conviction as a champion for middle-class Americans and for those struggling to reach the middle class, a man who has shown guts and determination and political skill in his own race for the presidency of the United States, a man whose life has prepared him for leadership." John F. Kerry Source:UPI 7-6-04 Environment "Now, when it comes to the issue of the environment, this is one of the worst administrations in modern history. The Clear Skies bill that he just talked about, it's one of those Orwellian names you pull out of the sky, slap it onto something, like No Child Left Behind but you leave millions of children behind. Here they're leaving the skies and the environment behind." John F. Kerry Source:Second Presidential Debate Excuse Presidency "His is the excuse presidency -- never wrong, never responsible, never to blame ... no, it's not our fault; no, there's nothing wrong; no, we can't do better; no, we haven't made a single mistake. The president wants you to believe that this record is the record of the victim of circumstances, the result of bad luck, not bad decisions. Well, Mr. President, when it comes to your record, we agree -- you own it." This president has created more excuses than jobs. John F. Kerry at the Detroit Economic Club. Source:(Reuters) 9/15/04 Fit For Duty "I'm not going to have my commitment to defend this country questioned by those who refused to serve when they could have and by those who have misled the nation into Iraq." Let me tell you what I think makes someone unfit for duty. Misleading our nation into war make you unfit to lead this nation. Doing nothing while this nation loses millions of jobs makes you unfit to lead this nation" John F. Kerry Source:DAVID ESPO and DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press Writers 9-2-4 Flag You see that flag up there. We call her Old Glory. The stars and stripes forever. I fought under that flag, as did so many of you here and all across our country. That flag flew from the gun turret right behind my head. It was shot through and through and tattered, but it never ceased to wave in the wind. It draped the caskets of men I served with and friends I grew up with. For us, that flag is the most powerful symbol of who we are and what we believe in. Our strength. Our diversity. Our love of country. All that makes America both great and good. That flag doesn't belong to any president. It doesn't belong to any ideology and it doesn't belong to any political party. It belongs to all the American people. John F. Kerry Source:Democratic Acceptance Speech Freedom Of Speech Those who try to stifle the vibrancy of our democracy and shield policies from scrutiny behind a false cloak of patriotism miss the real value of what our troops defend and how we best defend our troops. We will ask questions and we will defend our democracy. Sen. John F. Kerry, D-Mass., March 2002 speech Foreign Policy Americans deserve a principled diplomacy...backed by undoubted military might...based on enlightened self-interest, not the zero-sum logic of power politics...a diplomacy that commits America to lead the world toward liberty and prosperity. A bold progressive internationalism that focuses not just on the immediate and imminent, but insidious dangers that can mount over the next years and decade, dangers that span the spectrum from the denial of democracy, to destructive weapons, endemic poverty and epidemic disease. These are not just issues of international order, but vital issues of our own national security. Gas Prices "We need a new direction on energy policy, For three years, George Bush and Dick Cheney have bent over backwards to help their big contributors in the oil industry. I'm going to stand up for students and middle class families and all those who need relief at the pump. Ill use real diplomacy to do what George Bush hasn't - pressure OPEC to start providing more oil. We'll stop diverting oil to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve until gas prices get back to normal. We'll simplify the patchwork of rules on gas all over this country so that we can reduce costs and make fuel supplies last while keeping our air clean. And instead of a secret energy meetings and drilling in the Alaskan wilderness, we're going to have a real energy plan for America. We'll create 500,000 new jobs in renewable energy and building the vehicles of the future. Under my plan, America will be energy independent from Mideast oil in 10 years, the fuels of the future will be less expensive, cleaner, and our young men and women will never have to fight and die for foreign oil." John F. Kerry Source:UPI 3-30-04 Health Care My plan covers 96 percent of Americans, including nearly all kids and their families. It lets people buy into the same plan as Members of Congress and gives small businesses a tax credit to make it affordable. My plan also gives people 55 to 65 a subsidy to buy into the Congressional Health Care Plan. It also provides a 75% subsidy for workers who lose their job. I will take on insurance companies to cut spiraling costs. And the government will cover a portion of catastrophic health costs for companies that insure their workers and lower premiums for everyone. John F. Kerry Source:AARP Homeland Security When Americans turn on the news and are told to be ‘vigilant,’ we must make sure they know that means. A Kerry Administration will launch a Citizen Preparedness Initiative that empowers Americans with the right information and the right responses to terrorist threats. Budget cuts have also left our first responders stretched far too thin. Threats like these demand that we have more cops on the beat, and more who are trained how to respond to homeland security needs. I’ll fight for more resources for today’s cops and we’ll start a Homeland Security Corps that provides cities and towns with the resources to hire 5,000 more law enforcement officials who are trained to provide homeland security. John F. Kerry Source:KFP Jimmy Carter Jimmy Carter offered this country truth and honesty and decency at a time we needed it the most - and in his actions as well as his words, this decent man from Plains still honors his faith, stays true to his values, and sets the standard of how an ex-President ought to behave. John F. Kerry Georgia Democratic Party Jefferson Jackson Day Dinner March 1, 2001 Jobs Under President Bush’s watch, this country has lost 3 million jobs and our manufacturing workforce is at a more than fifty year low. We've gone from the biggest surpluses to the biggest deficits in our history. He inherited the strongest economy in the world - and brought it to its knees. This President promised that his tax cuts would create 3.9 million new jobs. So far he’s lost 3 million. Now, after promising to create 2.6 million jobs this year, even his own Cabinet is telling us not to believe him. John F. Kerry Source:KFP I'm not insensitive to the jobs. I'm desperately concerned about those jobs. But you don't fix them by pandering to people and telling them you're going to shut the door. You have to grow jobs. John F. Kerry Source:BQ At this rate the Bush administration won't create its first job for more than 10 years. Americans have a clear choice in this election. They can either suffer with more and more job losses that rip the heart out of our economy or they can give George Bush a new job. John F. Kerry, Mar 5, 2004 Source:UPI Labor When given the chance to compete, American workers are the best. There’s no question. But George W. Bush is undercutting the value of American workers and denying our generation the chance to bring America up to her potential John F. Kerry Source:KFP John Kerry Medicare I look forward to standing up and holding George Bush accountable for pushing seniors off of Medicare into HMOs. John F. Kerry Source:BC Middle Class Real Democrats don't abandon the middle class. John F. Kerry Source:BC Under this Administration, America’s middle class has been abandoned – its dreams denied, its Main Street interests ignored and its mainstream values scorned by a White House that puts privilege first. Middle class Americans don’t ask for special favors, they just want basic fairness, and a President who fights for that ideal. John F. Kerry Source:KFP John Kerry and Crew Military When I was in Vietnam I learned a lot about the promises that soldiers make to each other. The Marines have a promise to never leave behind their dead. In this country, as citizen soldiers, we need to make the commitment to each other that we will never leave our veterans behind. John F. Kerry Source:KFP I'm proud to be doing the work in the United States Senate today to ensure we have a military second to none, that our troops are taken care of when we send them into harm's way, and that when we bring them home we give them the respect they're due. That's a statement about American values, it's what my Dad taught me by example when he volunteered for the Army Air Corps during World War II, and it's a statement about how we can and must measure our nation. John F. Kerry Source:KFP NAACP and NRA I would rather be the candidate of the NAACP than the NRA. John F. Kerry Source:BQ Oil "I want an America that relies on its ingenuity and innovation, not the Saudi royal family." John Kerry Source: DisplayFullDocument&orgId=574&topicId=25098&docId=l:224761519&start=1 Pat Robertson It is beyond shocking to think that as Prime Minister Sharon fights for his life, Pat Robertson would attack his character and disparage the risks Ariel Sharon took to bring peace and security to Israel. At a time like this, you'd expect bigoted tin-horn dictators and petty thugs like President Ahmadinejad of Iran to attack Sharon, but no American who claims to be a leader should stoop so low. Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised to hear such venom from someone who claimed Hurricane Katrina was punishment for the people of New Orleans." source: remarks_0106.html Prescription Drugs I will cut prescription drug costs by exposing drug company kickbacks, ending artificial barriers to generic drugs, and allowing states to follow the Maine example of using their bargaining power to negotiate better drug prices. I will work to fix the gaps in the prescription drug plan and improve protections for low-income seniors and those with retiree coverage. John F. Kerry Source:AARP John Kerry Regime Change What we need now is not just a regime change in Saddam Hussein and Iraq, but we need a regime change in the United States. John F. Kerry Source:BQ Republican Critics "Let me tell you, we've just begun to fight. We're going to keep pounding. These guys are the most crooked, you know, lying group I've ever seen. It's scary." John F. Kerry, Mar 10, 2004 Source:AP John Kerry and Flag Social Security I am opposed to privatizing or partially privatizing Social Security because it would leave people vulnerable to the whims of the financial markets and without a secure retirement. The cost of privatizing Social Security and paying promised benefits is $1 trillion - an impossibility given our skyrocketing deficits. Instead of investing in an expensive and risky gamble that jeopardizes the livelihood of millions of Americans, I will invest in the long-term solvency of Social Security. One of the most important things we can do to strengthen Social Security is to grow the economy, create jobs, and increase revenues into the program. John F. Kerry Source:AARP Special Interest From the moment I take office, I will stand up to the special interests and stand with hardworking families so that we can give America back its future and its ideals. John F. Kerry Source:BC This president has created an economy that feeds the special interests, the powerful and the corporate power, and he has not helped the average American worker advance their cause. I will. John F. Kerry Source:BQ Swift Boat Veterans for Truth "Thirty years ago, this was the plain truth. It still is. And I still carry the shrapnel in my leg from a wound in Vietnam. More than 30 years ago I learned an important lesson. When you’re under attack the best thing to do is turn your boat into the attack. That’s what I intend to do today. Of course, this group isn’t interested in the truth and they’re not telling the truth. ... But here’s what you really need to know about them. They’re funded by hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Republican contributor out of Texas. They’re a front for the Bush campaign. And the fact that the President won’t denounce what they’re up to tells you everything you need to know. He wants them to do his dirty work. Of course, the president keeps telling people he would never question my service to our country. Instead, he watches as a Republican-funded attack group does just that. Well, if he wants to have a debate about our service in Vietnam, here is my answer: ‘Bring it on.”’ John Kerry Source:The Associated Press Updated: 10:34 a.m. ET Aug. 19, 2004 Taxes "I'm pledging I will not raise taxes; I'm giving a tax cut to the people earning less than $200,000 a year. Now, for the people earning more than $200,000 a year, you're going to see a rollback to the level we were at with Bill Clinton, when people made a lot of money." John F. Kerry Source:Second Presidential Debate Terrorism When the threat of terrorism is increasing I’ll do more than simply issue an Orange Alert. As President, I’ll make sure that towns and cities don’t have to bear all the burden of increasing security – a price tag that can weigh in at several million dollars a day. I will create an ‘Orange Alert Fund’ that pays for police overtime and other security enhancements. John F. Kerry Source:KFP Kerry in the Navy Values For four years, we've heard a lot of talk about values. But values spoken without actions taken are just slogans. Values are not just words. They're what we live by. They're about the causes we champion and the people we fight for. And it is time for those who talk about family values to start valuing families. John F. Kerry Source:Democratic Acceptance Speech Vietnam The race for the White House should be about leadership, and leadership requires that one help heal the wounds of Vietnam, not reopen them. John F. Kerry Source:BQ We do not need more division. We certainly do not need something as complex and emotional as Vietnam reduced to simple campaign rhetoric. John F. Kerry Source:BQ We do not need to divide America over who served and how. I have personally always believed that many served in many different ways. Someone who was deeply against the war in 1969 or 1970 may well have served their country with equal passion and patriotism by opposing the war as by fighting in it. John F. Kerry Source:BQ How do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam? How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake? John F. Kerry April, 1971 Vision George Bush's vision does not live up to the America I enlisted in the Navy to defend, the America I have fought for in the Senate, and the America that I hope to lead as president. John F. Kerry Source:BQ Kerry and John Lennon War I will never conduct a war or start a war because we want to; the United States of America should only go to war because we have to. And if you live by that guidance, you'll never have veterans throwing away their medals or standing up in protest. John F. Kerry Source:BQ

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