Monday, March 15, 2004
"The town meeting was contentious at times, with 52-year-old Cedric Brown repeatedly pressing the candidate to name the foreign leaders whom Kerry has said are backing his campaign.
"I'm not going to betray a private conversation with anybody," Kerry said. As the crowd of several hundred people began to mutter and boo, Kerry said, "That's none of your business."
Um, what's next? "I know you are but what am I?"
Why did he bring it up if it isn't anyone else's business?
On a similar note (Kerry character flaws), this is from a transcript as reported in the Miami Herald:
What will you do about Cuba?
As the presumptive Democratic nominee, Kerry was ready with the bravado appropriate for a challenger who knows that every answer carries magnified importance in the state that put President Bush into office by just 537 votes.
''I'm pretty tough on Castro, because I think he's running one of the last vestiges of a Stalinist secret police government in the world,'' Kerry told WPLG-ABC 10 reporter Michael Putney in an interview to be aired at 11:30 this morning.
Then, reaching back eight years to one of the more significant efforts to toughen sanctions on the communist island, Kerry volunteered: "And I voted for the Helms-Burton legislation to be tough on companies that deal with him.''
It seemed the correct answer in a year in which Democratic strategists think they can make a play for at least a portion of the important Cuban-American vote -- as they did in 1996 when more than three in 10 backed President Clinton's reelection after he signed the sanctions measure written by Sen. Jesse Helms and Rep. Dan Burton.
There is only one problem: Kerry voted against it.
Asked Friday to explain the discrepancy, Kerry aides said the senator cast one of the 22 nays that day in 1996 because he disagreed with some of the final technical aspects. But, said spokesman David Wade, Kerry supported the legislation in its purer form -- and voted for it months earlier.
If he's good at one thing, it's flip-flopping. He voted for an earlier version of the bill, but laater voted against it. I guess that wasn't worth mentioning. Further, I guess his ability to see (and vote for) both sides of an issue is not totally our business either.
Time to do some more digging into his character. Is it worth it? Does character really deserve scrutiny? Yes. Bush's arrogance has been pointed out many times. If our President lets his arrogance affect his decisions, he'll thrust his lifestyle and beliefs onto those who hold different viewpoints. Ask the Muslim community if they like the Christian thrust.