Kerry faults Bush for discussing terror...

  1. Kerry says Bush manipulates fear of terror
    Thu 15 April, 2004 20:41

    By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Democratic White House challenger John Kerry has accused President George W. Bush of manipulating fears about security and terror for political gain.

    At a morning fund-raiser for the Democratic National Committee, Kerry said "on a fair playing field in this race we're going to win" and Republicans were in trouble if he raised enough money to counter ads defining him as a waffling, tax-and-spend liberal.

    Kerry, who is running even with or leading Bush in most polls seven months before the November election, said on Thursday the president wanted to turn the political debate to issues of terror and security in hopes of gaining political advantage.

    "Home base for George Bush, as we saw to the nth degree in the press conference, is terror. Ask him a question, he's going to terror," Kerry said, referring to Bush's prime-time news conference on Tuesday.

    "Everything he did in Iraq he's going to try to persuade people has to do with terror even though everybody here knows it had nothing whatsoever to do with al Qaeda and everything to do with an agenda that they had preset," he told the breakfast crowd at New York's "21" restaurant.

    "Part of my task obviously is to convince America -- we don't have to beat him on it -- but we have to convince America of my ability to be able to manage that as effectively or more effectively if possible, and I think we can," the Massachusetts senator said.

    Bush campaign spokesman Steve Schmidt called Kerry's comments "outrageous," saying, "They are the latest example of him playing politics with the most serious issue of our time: winning the war on terror."

    Kerry, who has been the target of tens of millions of dollars of negative ads from Bush, said he planned to launch a "positive, affirmative advertising campaign" in the next few days to introduce himself to voters.

    "A lot of people still don't know who I am," he said. "The level of communication we still need to undertake here is enormous."

    The Bush campaign launched an ad attacking Kerry's voting record on funding for American troops, concluding with the line, "John Kerry: Wrong on defence." At the same time, officials said the Bush campaign was entering a new phase and would cut back from running three ads at one time to running only one.

    http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackage...3&section=news

    Terror doesn't scare me but I like it when people are concerned about preventing Terrorism.
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   jnette
    Quote from mkue
    Terror doesn't scare me but I like it when people are concerned about preventing Terrorism.
    Marie, to assume that nobody but the bushman and his whackers are concerned or interested in preventing terrorism is just soooooooo... heck, can't even describe the ignorance of that notion.

    It's simply that the "others" have different means of addressing this very real problem... not lack of concern.
  4. by   VivaLasViejas
    Bush is rapidly turning into a one-trick pony, and that's dangerous for anyone who wants to keep their job.......all he talks about, day and night, is terrorism. Well, it IS a serious and timely concern for everyone, but frankly, what good does it do us to be "safe" if we have no jobs, no income to buy the things our families need, no health care to prevent us from becoming burdens to society, no health and safety regulations to keep corporations from abusing workers, no schools to teach our children how to escape a life of poverty and desperation?

    Bush rarely even addresses any of these issues anymore, so obsessed has he become with "protecting" the country from nebulous dangers. And when he does, it's only to announce cuts in programs that benefit middle and lower income families, or legislation that deprives middle income earners of overtime pay, or rollbacks in regulations that prevent pollution and garbage from fouling the environment. Sheesh. I guess we're better off with him sticking to terrorism after all.....it's the only thing he's got even half right.
  5. by   fergus51
    I actually agree. Bush has been trying to bill himself as a great war president. He needs to manipulate peoples' fears or he won't get elected. I mean, what else is he going to point to? Unemployment? The deficit? He hasn't had any great successes in his presidency to point to. All he has is fear and money in the form of tax cuts.

    The wierd thing is, I don't see Bush as being all that successful in the war on terror. We haven't had an attack on American soil, but Al Qaeda has been successful and active since then. Remember Bali, Turkey, Indonesia, Morrocco, Saudi Arabia and arguably Iraq and Spain. We haven't got Bin Laden. Afghanistan is not finished. I just think it's wierd that he's been able to paint himself as doing so fab.
  6. by   VivaLasViejas
    I agree with you there, Fergus.........he hasn't even performed all that well in his so-called war on terror. (Or is it 'terra'? :chuckle ) But it's one heck of a lot better than what he's done here at home, at least as far as the middle class and the poor are concerned. Yup, that extra $400 really helped my family out.....it would've made it possible to pay THIS year's taxes if we hadn't spent it all at Costco on food & paper products for the 8 of us, all but two of whom are over 17 (that's when kids get REALLY expensive.......why do they take away the tax deductions just when we need them the most?!).
  7. by   Mkue
    If terrorism is important to Bush what's wrong with letting him discuss it. That way at least I know that he is concerned about it.

    Last I heard Bin Ladin still wants to attack us so I think it's important to be aware that terrorism is alive and kicking. I want a President who is aware of that and not afraid to talk about it.

    We don't have to live in fear, but we must be reminded to be aware of things going on around us. Not let our guard down.
  8. by   Energizer Bunny
    I agree with everyone here except mkue. There are plenty of other things to be concerned about besides terrorism. AND I am NOT saying it isn't important to protect our country...but there are other ways to protect us as well as hunting terrorists (such as creating jobs, protecting our borders, etc.)
  9. by   pickledpepperRN
    There was no foreign terrorist attack on the USA when Truman, Eisenhauer, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Bush Sr, or Clinton were President.

    The Cubans, Al Quaeda, and others were foiled under previous administrations.

    The millenium threat was announced by President Clinton. Perhaps that prevented an attach, maybe not.

    Announcing the 'High Alert' chatter the summer of 2001? Who knows?
  10. by   Mkue
    Quote from spacenurse
    There was no foreign terrorist attack on the USA when Truman, Eisenhauer, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Bush Sr, or Clinton were President.

    The Cubans, Al Quaeda, and others were foiled under previous administrations.

    The millenium threat was announced by President Clinton. Perhaps that prevented an attach, maybe not.

    Announcing the 'High Alert' chatter the summer of 2001? Who knows?
    We were attacked on 9/11 so I believe our Homeland Security and focus on counterterrorism should be at the top of any President or future Presidents list. IMO. Especially since we are still getting threats.
  11. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from mkue
    If terrorism is important to Bush what's wrong with letting him discuss it. That way at least I know that he is concerned about it.

    Last I heard Bin Ladin still wants to attack us so I think it's important to be aware that terrorism is alive and kicking. I want a President who is aware of that and not afraid to talk about it.

    We don't have to live in fear, but we must be reminded to be aware of things going on around us. Not let our guard down.
    Marie, I think that's exactly what I said above.....Bin Laden is still a very real threat, and we've got to get him before he gets us again. But terrorism isn't the only game in town........there ARE other issues, and it's a shame Bush's inability to multitask means domestic concerns get short shrift. Then again, I think I'd rather he stayed with this one problem---God only knows what he'd do to us if he had the time to focus on things like reproductive rights, personal privacy, the minimum wage, health care etc.
  12. by   Mkue
    Quote from CNM2B
    I agree with everyone here except mkue. There are plenty of other things to be concerned about besides terrorism. AND I am NOT saying it isn't important to protect our country...but there are other ways to protect us as well as hunting terrorists (such as creating jobs, protecting our borders, etc.)
    Not too many agree with me on this forum anyway

    But seriously, my job won't mean a thing to me if my kids are on a train or bus that is blown up because a President didn't think Terrorism was a big issue to be concerned about. Especially after what we have learned from 9/11, Spain and Iraq.
  13. by   Energizer Bunny
    ANd what if your kids don't have a job or food to eat because the economy has gone to heck? I'm looking at the big picture not just one area.

    Can I ask you something personally? Didn't you state a while back that you were trying to get both sides of the election issues because you hadn't decided which way to go? You seem very anti-Kerry (not that that isn't okay...to each his own, even though I am obviously pro-Kerry).....
  14. by   fergus51
    Well, Marie might not have known how she was going to vote, but the rest of us did

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