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    SENATOR KERRY’S
    SPECIFIC RECORD – AGAIN!
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    SEN. JOHN KERRY (D-MA): “They haven’t come to you and said, this system is a great system, and we need this system and John Kerry voted against the system.” (CNN’s “Live From,” 2/23/04)

    SENATOR KERRY IS NOT LISTENING

    About His Record

    RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie On Sen. John Kerry’s Defense And Intelligence Record: “What he’s not proud of, apparently, is his votes in the United States Senate when it comes to national security policy: votes against the Apache helicopter, votes against the Stealth bomber … He voted against the first Gulf War in 1991. Those are legitimate, public policy issues. I can cite chapter and verse in the congressional record of his statements on the Senate floor of the votes he has cast. He offered an amendment to cut $1 1/2 billion from our intelligence funds at a time we were engaged and--and needed to be engaged in serious intelligence work relative to the war against terror, a $300 million cut the year before the USS Cole was attacked, a $300 million cut the year before the embassies in East Africa were attacked, a $300 million cut the year before the Khobar Towers were attacked by the terrorists, two years after the first attack on the World Trade Center. That’s legitimate discourse and I can cite documentation.” (CBS’ “Face The Nation,” 2/23/04)

    Kerry’s Rhetorical Response

    “And, you know, it’s curious to me, George, how angry they get and how, sort of, they throw patriotism around and so forth. I don’t know what it is that all these Republicans who didn’t serve in Vietnam or fight in a war have against those of us who did.” (ABC’s “This Week,” 2/22/04)

    About His Record

    Gov. Mark Racicot On Sen. John Kerry’s Defense And Intelligence Record: “Your proposals and votes as a Senator should be known to the voters as they evaluate the candidates, including: your proposal to cut intelligence spending by $1.5 billion for the five years prior to 2001 (S. 1290, Introduced 9/29/95), your 1996 proposal to cut defense spending by $6.5 billion (S. 1580, Introduced 2/29/96), and your support for canceling or cutting funding for the B-2 Stealth Bomber, the B-1B, the F-15, the F-16, the M1 Abrams, the Patriot Missile, the AH-64 Apache Helicopter, the Tomahawk Cruise Missile, and the Aegis Air-Defense Cruiser. (Brian C. Mooney, “Taking One Prize, Then A Bigger One,” The Boston Globe, 6/19/03)” (Bush Cheney ‘04 Chairman Gov. Mark Racicot, Letter To Senator John Kerry, 2/22/04)

    Kerry’s Rhetorical Response

    “In a letter to [President] Bush on Saturday, Kerry wrote: ‘As you well know, Vietnam was a very difficult and painful period in our nation’s history, and the struggle for our veterans continues. So, it has been hard to believe that you would choose to reopen these wounds for your personal political gain. But, that is what you have chosen to do.’” (Nedra Pickler, “Kerry Decries Bush Over Attacks On Record,” The Associated Press, 2/22/04)

    About His Record

    Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) On Sen. John Kerry’s Defense And Intelligence Record: “When at the same time, his history in United States Senate is that he has continuously voted to either reduce or eliminate funding for major weapons systems some of them which are made right here in my state like the F-22 and the C-17. There are others, like the B-2, the F-15, the F-16.” (Fox News’ “Fox News Live,” 2/22/04)

    Kerry’s Rhetorical Response

    “[Kerry] said the president ‘decided once again to take the low road of American politics.’ ‘Saxby Chambliss, on the part of the president and his henchmen, decided today to question my commitment to the defense of our nation …’” (Nedra Pickler, “Kerry Decries Bush Over Attacks On Record,” The Associated Press, 2/22/04)

    “SPECIFIC” ENOUGH?

    ü Sen. Kerry Voted Against B-1 Bomber. (S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed 79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay)

    ü Sen. Kerry Voted Against B-2 Stealth Bomber. (S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed 79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay)

    ü Sen. Kerry Voted Against F-14. (H. R. 5803, CQ Vote #319: Adopted 80-17: R 37-6; D 43-11, 10/26/90, Kerry Voted Nay)

    ü Sen. Kerry Voted Against F-15. (S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed 79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay)

    ü Sen. Kerry Voted Against F-16. (S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed 79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay)

    ü Sen. Kerry Voted Against AV-8B Harrier Vertical Takeoff And Landing Jet Fighters. (H.R. 2126, CQ Vote #579: Adopted 59-39: R 48-5; D 11-34, 11/16/95, Kerry Voted Nay)

    ü Sen. Kerry Voted Against AH-64 Apache Helicopters. (H.R. 2126, CQ Vote #579: Adopted 59-39: R 48-5; D 11-34, 11/16/95, Kerry Voted Nay)

    ü Sen. Kerry Voted Against Patriot Missiles. (S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed 79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay)

    ü Sen. Kerry Voted Against Aegis Air Defense Cruiser. (S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed 79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay)

    ü Sen. Kerry Voted Against Trident Missile System For U.S. Submarines. (S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed 79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay)

    ü Sen. Kerry Voted Against M-1 Abrams Tanks. (S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed 79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay)

    ü Sen. Kerry Voted Against Bradley Fighting Vehicle. (S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed 79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay)

    ü Sen. Kerry Voted Against Tomahawk Cruise Missile. (S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed 79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay)

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    Considering his many absences from Senate votes prior to his current campaigning, I'm amazed he actually showed up for that many defense votes (Many listed are under the same vote). Granted, it is only from one fiscal year's budget, but the votes took place when several hundred thousand troops were forward deplyed during the Operation Desert Shield build up. It makes one wonder what his defense votes were like under the Clinton drawdown and more recently.

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    • #3
      record

      How does Kerry expect to win the Presidential election with help from votes from Vietnam Vets?
      Has anyone read or heard what he testified to in front of Congress when he returned state side?
      He made every service man/woman seem as if they were all participants in every "massacre" that happened in the war.
      Mi Lai...........etc. (not sure of the spelling.)

      Mark
      Deo Vindice
      Si vis pacem, para bellum. (If you want peace, prepare for war.)

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