Kerry Fails to backup Forgien 'endorsements'

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    By Charles Hurt and Stephen Dinan
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES


    Sen. John Kerry refuses to provide any information to support his assertion earlier this week that he has met with foreign leaders who beseeched him to prevail over President Bush in November's election.
    The Massachusetts Democrat has made no official foreign trips since the start of last year, according to Senate records and his own published schedules. And an extensive review of Mr. Kerry's travel schedule domestically revealed only one opportunity for the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee to meet with foreign leaders here.
    On Monday, Mr. Kerry told reporters in Florida that he'd met with foreign leaders who privately endorsed him.
    "I've met with foreign leaders who can't go out and say this publicly," he said. "But, boy, they look at you and say: 'You've got to win this. You've got to beat this guy. We need a new policy.' Things like that."
    Aides and supporters of Mr. Kerry have said providing names of the leaders or their countries would injure those nations' ongoing relations with the current Bush administration.
    "In terms of who he's talked to, we're not going to discuss that," spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter said yesterday. "I know it would be helpful, but we're not going into that. His counsels are kept private."
    Mr. Kerry has made other claims during the campaign and then refused to back them up, including statements that Mr. Bush delayed the deal with Libya to give up its weapons of mass destruction program for political reasons.


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    Powell defies Kerry to list world support
    By Glen Johnson, Globe Staff, 3/15/2004

    "I don't know what foreign leaders Senator Kerry is talking about. It's an easy charge, an easy assertion to make. But if he feels it is that important an assertion to make, he ought to list some names," Powell said on "Fox News Sunday."

    "If he can't list names, then perhaps he should find something else to talk about."

    Powell also labeled "offensive" Kerry's assertion that the United States delayed, for political reasons, a recent deal with Libya to destroy its weapons of mass destruction.

    "It's absurd. I don't know what Senator Kerry is talking about," Powell said. "It was not held up for any campaign or political purpose."

    Speaking at a fund-raiser last Monday in Florida, Kerry said: "I've met foreign leaders who can't go out and say this publicly, but, boy, they look at you and say, `You got to win this. You got to beat this guy. We need a new policy,' things like that."

    The Bush campaign and the Republican National Committee have argued that such unverifiable comments raise questions about Kerry's truthfulness. The committee has begun sending out e-mails entitled "John Kerry: International Man of Mystery," challenging his assertions.

    During a town hall meeting here in Lehigh Valley yesterday, Kerry was also challenged by a sign-maker who later acknowledged he was a registered Republican and prior Bush voter.

    "Did you meet with any foreign leaders?" asked Cedric Brown, 52, as the audience of hundreds rose up against Brown as he continued interrupting the senator.

    "I've met with lots of foreign leaders, but let me just say something to you, sir. Just a minute. Just a minute," Kerry said. "I'm not going to betray a private conversation with anybody and get some leader -- they have to deal with this administration."

    Kerry later said the issue was not whether he met face to face with foreign leaders or spoke with them by phone or through third parties. Rather, he said, the issue was whether the Bush administration's foreign policy has isolated it from allies and other foreign nations, leaving some leaders yearning for a change in the White House. Nonetheless, Kerry appeared to concede some imprecision in his statements.

    "Sometimes as a candidate you may pick an inartful way of doing that that isn't as effective as other ways," he said during a news conference. "I'm going to make sure as I go forward here, and I am very careful to pick ways that nobody will misinterpret what I'm saying, and I think that's important, obviously. But what I've said is true, what I've said has been documented in any number of ways, and what I've said is a central issue for our nations."



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    Why should we believe Kerry on these statements?
     
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    "If Senator Kerry is going to say he has support from foreign leaders, then he needs to be straightforward with the American people and say who it is that he has spoken with and who it is that supports him," McClellan told reporters.


    If not, the spokesman added, "Then the only alternative is that he is making it up to attack the president of the United States."


    transparency and openness is not a can of worms this administration should open, considering they haven't been very forthcoming with information belonging to the american people.
     
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    While I agree that neither party should be withholding information, turning this against the republicans doesn't refute the statements that Kerry made. Those are huge statements that I think deserve an answer.
     
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    As do I, I just think it shows a bit of hypocrisy from the administration to withhold information from the public, like the true estimated cost of medicare, then demand it from the other side.
     
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    I don't have an argument for that. I think that information as well should not have been withheld.
     
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    It is extremely bad taste for Kerry to talk about all these "foreign leaders" endorsing him. Foreigners don't vote for the President; Americans do. And the President is not responsible to foreign leaders; he is responsible to the American people. (all rants about immigration aside)
    Moreover, let's say some foreign leaders did "endorse" Kerry. Does that become an official stance of the government? Does that give cause for the FDC to scrutinize Kerry's campaign contributions, searching for foreign contributers? Does a foreign country's interference in our elections constitute an act of subversion - a legitimate pretext to war? How should President Bush react to such countries?
    Kerry's claim, true or false, is extremely irresponsible. I hope he refrains from such remarks in the future.
     
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    People, people. This brings us back to romper room!


    I know something you don't know!
    I have a secret that I am not telling!
    Guess who said what to me!

    Voting for John Kerry in my eyes is the equal to voting for Big Bird.
     

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