Wednesday, August 11, 2004

John Kerry: No Waffler

Right-wingers say that John Kerry is a waffler. Wrong! The next POTUS is a man of principle -- from the invasion of Iraq to gay marriage:
  • Senator John Kerry said Monday that he would have voted to give the president the authority to invade Iraq even if he had known all he does now about the apparent dearth of unconventional weapons or a close connection to Al Qaeda.

    "I believe it's the right authority for a president to have," said Mr. Kerry, who has faced criticism throughout his presidential campaign for that October 2002 vote. (emphasis added, Jodi Wilgoren, "Kerry Says His Vote on Iraq Would Be the Same Today," New York Times, August 10, 2004)

  • Drawn into a Missouri debate over same-sex marriage, Sen. John F. Kerry said in an interview published Friday that he would've voted for the gay marriage ban passed overwhelmingly this week by state voters.

    The Democratic presidential nominee, who spent parts of two days campaigning across Missouri, told the Kansas City Star that the ballot measure was the same as one his home state of Massachusetts passed a few years ago. Kerry supported that measure. . . .

    A spokesman for the Human Rights Fund, a Washington group that lobbies for gay rights, said Kerry's support for the Missouri amendment was not surprising. "This is consistent with what he's been saying all along," Steven Fisher, the group's communications director, said. (emphasis added, Mark Z. Barabak, "Kerry Backs Missouri Ban on Gay Marriage," Los Angeles Times, August 7, 2004)

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