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June 24, 2004

Kerry, the diligent public servant (LOL, right)

The Associated Press (or is it Assorted Propaganda?) reports that Presidential candidate John Kerry cancelled a campaign stop to return to Washington D.C. to cast one of his rare votes (he is still a sitting Senator it turns out, hmmm). In a flourishing show of "duty" and "dedication" Kerry swept in to D.C made several press conferences where he attacked Bush, lauded the benefits of the amendment he was supposedly there to vote on.

The amendment, summed  as "To create a reserve fund to allow for an increase in Veterans' medical care by $2.7 billion and lower the national debt by reducing the President's tax breaks for taxpayers with incomes in excess of $1 million a year." was offered by Tom Daschle. Kerry explained his change in plans as he spoke of the amendment to reporters, "It's a particular issue that's been very critical to me, it's central to something I want to get done." Was this really concern for veterans or a crass ploy for publicity? The AP story doesn't go into details except to contrast Kerry's position with Bush's (who opposes mandatory health care coverage because it would reduce the amount available to those who need it most.)

The AP seems to have decided it not newsworthy that when the amendment actually came up for a vote, Kerry was no where to be found, and is listed as one of the three Senators not voting for the amendment, which failed 53-44 mostly along party lines. That also didn't stop Kerry from bragging about his "vote" on his campaign site. But hey, what's the truth matter when you're a Liberal.


Posted by Jack Lewis at June 24, 2004 06:07 AM