View Full Version : Kerry, Kerrey. What's in a name?

08-20-2004, 02:28 PM
John Kerry, Bob Kerrey. It's easy to get confused.

At least that's how the Kerry campaign is explaining claims that Kerry -- the Democratic presidential candidate -- served as vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Oops. Make that Bob Kerrey -- the former Democratic senator from Nebraska who did serve as the panel's vice chairman.

In news releases and postings on Kerry's campaign Web site as recently as last Friday, the Massachusetts senator is touted as the panel's former vice chairman. However, according to the Senate Historical Office, Kerry never had the seniority to hold a leadership position on the committee -- though he was a member from 1993 until 2001.

"John Kerry, Bob Kerrey -- similar names," said Kerry campaign spokesman Michael Meehan, adding that any reference to Kerry as vice chairman was an error.

Republicans were less willing to see the misstatement as an innocent mistake.

"It's difficult to take John Kerry's claims about his intelligence experience seriously when one of his credentials is completely made up," said Republican National Committee spokeswoman Christine Iverson. "If he had shown up for Intelligence Committee hearings he would notice he wasn't vice chairman."

The article (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/08/17/politics1657EDT0645.DTL)

Hmmm. Maybe Kerry should hire Michael Moore's "fact checkers"? (Then again, maybe he already has) /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

It makes you wonder if JK reads his own web site. According to factcheck.org, the claim appeared in several places on the Kerry web site, and dates back to January 2004. It was still there on August 17th.

Incidentally, does anybody know the answer to this question: Campaign finance laws require the candidate to appear on their ads, identify themself, and state that they approved the ad. Does this apply to print or electronic media, or just tv?


08-20-2004, 02:38 PM
Hello HighSea,
The leader of any organization sets the tone.. I have been in good commands, with bad leaders, and bad commands with bad leaders.. that is no coincidence. Senator John F. Kerry-Heinz is living proof that there are far to many gullible and greedy people in the world - it has ever been so. His response to attacks on his 'war' record, earned during 3 months and 12 days? Not to release to public scrutiny his records, as was done by George W., rather to attack the veterans as having an agenda.. they indeed do have an agenda, and the truth will prevail.
Best Regards,
Fair Play