John Kerry was on “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, this morning. He spoke against Bush’s warrantless wiretaps, calling them “a clear violation of the law.”
Kerry said “that the administration has made no effort to consult Congress about any possible alteration to the law that he says restricts the wiretaps — the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA,” and called for a special counsel and independent investigation into the matter.
In the interview John Kerry announced his intent to vote against Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. when the vote goes to the Senate floor this week. Kerry missed most of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings during an overseas tour of India, Pakistan, Iraq and Kuwait. He told Stephanopoulos that Alito would take the country “backwards.”
When asked about “outside criticism that his Democratic colleagues may have focused on relatively inconsequential issues during the hearings,” Kerry said, “That is certainly the criticism I have heard.”
The discussion moved on to Osama bin Laden and Kerry repeated his belief that “the White House failed to commit the proper resources to capture Osama bin Laden at Tora Bora in Afghanistan.” He also chastised Karl Rove for “continuing to make the war on terror a priority political issue” in his recent speech to fire up the GOP base for the 2006 elections.
Speaking of the Bush administration’s efforts in the war on terror and the failure to capture Osama bin Laden, Kerry said, “Osama Bin Laden is going to die of kidney failure before he’s killed by Karl Rove and his crowd.”
Although it’s been well established that the Abramoff scandal is a “Republican” scandal, Stephanopoulos made the suggestion culled from the right wing blogosphere, that his presidential campaign accepted over $100,000 in what Republicans have termed “[Jack] Abramoff-affiliated lobbying firms.” None of the right wing rumors on this have been substantiated.
“I’ve never met Jack Abramoff,” Kerry said. “I’ve never taken a dime from Jack Abramoff.
Abramoff, who has pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges, primarily is known as a Republican lobbyist but has ties to members of both parties.
“This is a Republican scandal,” he added. “They run the House, they run the Senate, and they run the White House.”
Kerry laid blame squarely on the shoulders of his former foe, President George W. Bush.
“The president sets the tone,” he said.
Although Kerry has been clear for sometime now that he would not discuss his intentions for 2008, Stephanopoulos, queried Kerry on his plans for the 2008 presidential election — Kerry responded with a hearty laugh… “That’s a decision for the future,” he said.
Stephanopoulos threw up several “critical, but mostly anonymous quotes from Democratic consultants” about Kerry’s possibility for 2008 and John Kerry countered with, “You’re looking at the expert at not listening to the chatter of Washington, D.C.”
Without tipping his hat but continuing to defend the notion of a comeback candidacy, Kerry reminded viewers of the successful second-run Republican campaigns of Richard M. Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and, potentially, Sen. John McCain.
Kerry, who fell 100,000 votes short of the presidency in Ohio, turned to ABC News anchor Stephanopoulos and said, “I’m not going to be moved by the … anonymous chatter of Washington.”
John Kerry has been always been his own man, ignoring the polls, dismissing the rumors. He has discussed many times in the past year that he has learned a lot from his run for the presidency in 2004. He “moved by the … anonymous chatter” and neither should anyone else. The Republican Noise Machine will perpetuate these rumors over and over again, a Kerry candidacy in 2008, is their worst nightmare.