Just briefly read in the local newspaper that Cheney and Kerry were having a mini war of words over "whatever"
. Honestly?? I didn't finish reading the whole article. Instead, I jumped right to the comics where I received my daily dose of chuckles.
At that point in time, chuckles were more important than the "Cheney/Kerry War of the Rhetoric".
But this particular article in the 3/18/2004 New York Times caught my eye. All I have to say is "Go, McCain, go!!" His opinion and concerns are worth noting!
McCain Comes to Kerry's Defense on National Security
By CARL HULSE
Published: March 18, 2004
Senator John McCain added a rare bit of restraint to the escalating tone of the presidential campaign today, rejecting assertions by other Republicans that his colleague, Senator John Kerry, would endanger national security if elected.
``I don't think that,'' Mr. McCain said on CBS this morning. ``I think that John Kerry is a good and decent man. I think he has served his country. I think he has different points of view on different issues and he will have to explain his voting record. But this kind of rhetoric, I think, is not helpful in educating and helping the American people make a choice.''
Mr. McCain also defended Mr. Kerry in an appearance on NBC's "Today," saying in response to a question that he did not believe Mr. Kerry was "weak on defense."
But Mr. McCain made it clear he supported the president and said he had no intention of joining his fellow Vietnam veteran on the ticket after he recently left the door slightly open to that possibility, much to the distress of the White House.
``I don't want to be vice president of the United States,'' Mr. McCain said on CBS, adding that he enjoyed his work in the Senate. ``I do not want to leave the Republican Party. I would not be vice president of the United States on either ticket.''
Mr. McCain, an Arizona Republican who opposed President Bush in the 2000 primaries and was himself the subject of some tough attacks, indicated he was alarmed by the ferocity of the rhetoric so early in the campaign. He suggested that both sides might want to pull back a bit.
``I think it's because both parties are going to their bases rather than going to the middle. I regret it. I think there are serious challenges facing America in the form of Medicare, Social Security, health care, deficit spending. And I think we ought to have open and honest debates on those issues
,'' said the Arizona senator. If the attacks and counterattacks continue, he said, voters might ultimately tune out.
``I would certainly hope that we could raise the level of this debate
,'' he said. ``Otherwise we're going to have very low voter turnouts in November.
(My note to add: I hope it doesn't come down to a low voter turnout because of being numb from constant negative campaign ads!!)