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John Kerry on a Roll: Calls ‘Lieberman the New Cheney’ on ‘This Week’

by Pamela Leavey

John Kerry’s on a roll issuing smack downs like throwing out a one-two punch. Last night Kerry issued a verbal smack down to George Allen for his divisive, bigoted comments made last week… Today on ‘This Week,’ John Kerry nailed Joe Liberman as the New Cheney. OUCH!!!

Watch the interview with George Stephanopoulos here:

John Kerry blasted Senator Joe Lieberman this morning on ‘This Week’ for “continuing his bid in the Connecticut Senate race despite a narrow loss to newcomer Ned Lamont in the Democratic primary earlier this month.” Kerry came out strong with his support of Ned Lamont last week, when he used his 3 million strong email list in a fundraising pitch for Lamont, Daniel Akaka and Bob Menendez.

I’m concerned that [Lieberman] is making a Republican case,” Kerry told ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” in an exclusive appearance.

Kerry accused the 2000 Democratic vice presidential candidate of “adopting the rhetoric of Dick Cheney,” on the issue of Iraq.

“Joe Lieberman is out of step with the people of Connecticut,” Kerry added, insisting Lieberman’s stance on Iraq, “shows you just why he got in trouble with the Democrats there.”

Kerry called Lieberman’s independent bid a “huge mistake” and applauded businessman-turned-politician Lamont as “courageous” for challenging Lieberman on the war.

Addressing his own views on Iraq, John Kerry stated bluntly with complete candor, “The course of this country in Iraq is making the world more dangerous.” Ed O’Keefe of ABC News typically mischaracterzied Kerry’s vote in reporting on the interview:

Kerry, the Democrat’s nominee for president in 2004, supported the 2003 Senate resolution that ultimately led to the invasion of Iraq, and was criticized throughout his White House bid for then opposing a measure funding continuing operations in that effort. The Bush campaign seized on what they described as Kerry’s wavering views on Iraq, which in part led to the senator’s 2004 election defeat.

O’Keefe goes on to note that, that “Since 2004, Kerry has steadily sharpened his opposition to the Iraq war, calling for a steady withdrawal of U.S. troops beginning last year.”

“Iraq is not the center of the war on terror,” Kerry told George Stephanopoulos in today’s interview, as he asserted that, “Iraq is in a civil war; of course it’s in a civil war.” In April, John Kerry was one of the first to recognize that Iraq was in a civil war, in an OP/ED in the NY Times, that prefaced a powerful speech on the Senate floor calling for a timeline for withdrawal from Iraq.

Kerry told Stephanopoulos that “he supports the efforts of Senator John Warner, R-Va., to introduce a second resolution on Iraq if and when the country descends into outright civil war.” The general consensus is of course that it has, Kerry said he “believes that moment has come.”

He reiterated, “We have to set a date for the withdrawal,” before concluding, “The absence of diplomacy is putting our troops at greater risk and is reducing our ability for success.”

Speaking on the uncertain ceasefire involving Israel, Lebanon and Hezbollah, Kerry said “the near-month-long violence “set back” Hezbollah, but did so “at a greater cost to Israel.””

Kerry also criticized President Bush’s approach to the troubled region.

“I know that I would have handled the diplomacy,” he said.

Kerry connected the hostilities between Israel and Lebanon to Iraq, once again proclaiming, “I believe the president’s policy in Iraq is a disaster of catastrophic proportions.” He said his more diplomatic approach to Iraq might have prevented the instability the region currently faces.

Discussing the possibility of an ’08 run for president, Kerry “remained uncommitted, but dismissed early polls that seem to frame Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., as a leading contender.”

George, you’re talking to somebody who was once 30 points down,” Kerry said. “My decision [to run] … will not be based on any poll. It will be based on my vision for the direction of the country.”

No potential ’08 candidate has a clear, stronger progressive platform in my opinion. Kerry’s “vision for the direction of the country,” is needed now more than ever.


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  • 13 Responses to “John Kerry on a Roll: Calls ‘Lieberman the New Cheney’ on ‘This Week’”

    1. WOW! Go get ’em Senator. You got them on the run now, keep up the heat.

    2. It is not good that the first poll has Lieberman winning the 3 way race in November – assuming the Green Party Candidate gets on the ballot. I suspect there will be some badly needed debates in CT on the whole direction of the country and he will not hold the lead.

      As he contributes to the campaign discussion, Kerry’s vision may become clearer to many who have not paid attention so far.

    3. Kerry aired East coast 10 A.m.. Great job supporting Lamont. George S. did however slap him in the face with that question related the poll regarding Hilary’s position to run for president. Kerry faltered for a moment and recovered turning it around. He was great all around. He nailed it.

      Morning coffee thoughts turned to Hilary. We are, where we are, because of the agenda of two republican presidents. Who out there does not think that unfinished agenda of George SR did not initially play into this war? Now think of Hilary, and think of her husband our former president. I have no complaints here, however if she should run and win, again we would have the agenda two presidents . Yes, they would be from the right party, but Bill Clinton in the background dictates another agenda, and then we would have the media frenzy that follows the Clintons etc gumming up the works. Hilary would do the party more damage than good. Kerry is looking good

    4. Sue, if I follow your post correctly, I agree. I’ve said before the last thing I want to see is a: Bush, Clinton, Clinton, Bush, Bush, Clinton run in OUR White House.

    5. KJ, Florida-Sue

      It’s time for a change. We’ve been too redundant of late.

    6. Exactly, and don’t forget what the media would do with it. SOS

    7. I taped this morning’s show but hadn’t watched it yet. It really sounds like a real goody! 🙂

      As far as JK calling Lieberman the new Cheney, take that beotch! Unfortunately it’s very true. Though calling him the new Rove would be also apply.

      Sadly, Lieberman has been repeatedly parroting the worst of the Bush/Cheney/Rove/GOP anti-Dem, anti-liberal, (anti-moderate) and anti-American attacks for a long time now.

      No matter what any of his past or present domestic policy beliefs are, on an subject, and even if he did not continue to support Bush’s incompetent and damaging Iraq “policies” and no matter what good things he may have ever done in the past, Joe should now be shunned by all.

      Joe is now nothing but a disgusting, un-American, self absorbed a-hole and should be treated as such. (Kind of shows why the right loves him so much now, huh…)

      Joe has craved the love of the Faux/radio spewers, right-wing GOP hacks and other lower lifeforms in this country for a few years now.

      He is a Zell Miller wanna-be. Zell also did it to be loved by the right-wing hate machine and their followers but I always thought the main reason was obviously so they’d push sales of a book to the droolers for him. If he didn’t do and write the type of book he did, I doubt he could have given copies of a book he wrote away. Zell wanted to retire with a nice nest egg and didn’t care how he got it…

    8. Thanks for posting this. Going to watch it now. 🙂

    9. Dave,

      I guess we don’t pay enough in retirement for our congressmen, huh? 🙄

    10. Dave from Princeton

      Tell us how you really feel! 😉

    11. Ginny

      “Kerry’s vision may become clearer to many who have not paid attention so far.”

      My sentiments exactly.

    12. I agree I’m sick of bush/clinton/bush clinton and its pass time for a change in this party.

      Kerry’s vision is clear to me but with the DC dems, clintons, GOP, MSM, political hacks all taking turns putting mud in the water it may be hard for some in rural, middle and urban America to see pass the smoke screen.
      Therefore, JK will have to continue doing the job himself, with some help from momma t of course.

      I’m glad somebody in the dem party laid a smack down on Lieberman.

      JK got to watch out for the hillary questions though. I’d just ignore it and act like I didn’t hear it or simply say no comment on 08 because there is too much to do in 06 and 07.

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