Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Some of you may have seen the Republican add attacking John Kerry for "flip-flopping" with the quote from Kerry's own mouth:

"I actually did vote for the $87 billion - before I voted against it"

Sounds ridiculous? Well read below for the rest of what Kerry had said.....

John Kerry
"Ladies and gentlemen, the president made the decision as to when to send our troops to war, no one else - he decided the date," he began. "And on the date they went into Iraq, they didn't have the armament on the Humvees, the armored doors, they didn't have the equipment they needed in some regards, and they didn't have the state-of-the-art body armor at that moment when they went in.

"Secondly, this is very important, I actually did vote for the $87 billion - before I voted against it. Joe Biden and I thought this: we thought since a lot of mainstream, regular folks in America were sharing a big burden of this war, we thought since those families are sacrificing, that just maybe the wealthiest people in America would be willing to also contribute, and so Joe and I brought an amendment to the $87 billion, and we said, `This should be paid for now, not adding to the deficit,' and the way we should pay for it is say to the wealthiest 1 or 2 percent of Americans, instead of accepting $690 billion of tax cuts over the next 10 years, wouldn't you just be willing, in the spirit of patriotism and sacrifice, to just take $600 billion?

"And you know what? The president said no; the Republicans voted no."



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