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If Only Kerry Had Said That During The Campaign

Reported by Ellen - October 27, 2005

Last night, Alan Colmes did an exclusive interview (i.e. without Sean Hannity) with John Kerry. Kerry was forthright and unequivocal with his comments about the war on terror, our national priorities, and Iraq.

Kerry claimed that he said more than a year ago that he thought Donald Rumsfeld should resign for his "inexcusable" mismanagement of the war. Comment: Maybe so, but Kerry certainly didn't emphasize that during the campaign. Last night he said, "Every prediction made has been proven to be wrong. He neglected the most important thing which is do all you can to protect the troops and still there are problems with (unintelligible) Humvees' armor. I think it's a disgrace."

He agreed that Democrats are partly responsible for giving Bush the authority for going to war and said "I take that responsibility" but that it's time to look forward and be open to change. He said that American troops in Iraq are "not helping what we're trying to achieve." He suggested we pull our troops back and "push the Iraqi troops out more."

Kerry called Iraq "one of the greatest foreign policy misadventures of all time." He listed "mistake after mistake after mistake" that has put our troops in greater jeopardy, cost Americans billions of dollars more and has "prolonged the agony of this effort."

He said "I haven't a clue" whether he'll run for president again but he sure sounded like he would as he talked about how he's prepared to work in a bi-partisan fashion.

The interview ended with him saying how much we could be doing to fix our schools, become more energy independent, create new jobs and bring other countries to the table and work with us "and yet the big fight in Washington is whether or not people earning more than a million dollars a year are going to get 32 billion dollars worth of tax cuts next year. You know when people talk about morality and values, we ought to apply a little morality and values to the fundamental choice (of) what goes into our budget and who is represented by it."

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