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IdaBriggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-25-04 11:09 AM
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55. You've been listening to the freepers too much.
Kerry is NOT the most liberal member of the Senate. (That was a distortion by a right wing rag.) Sounds like you think the whole Hillary in 08 thing is the issue -- a freeper issue.

His Senate record is extremely impressive. (Actual data: ) Why not go to the John Kerry website and take a look at it? 58 bills passed (compared to Cheney's=2), concentrating on issues like Anti-Corruption, Environment, Police, Guns, Vets, Kids & More.

Snips from the website:

"John Kerry has a distinguished legislative record. He and John McCain negotiated an agreement with Vietnam to provide a full accounting for POW-MIAs. He wrote the first bill reducing acid rain. He has repeatedly led the charge in protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from drilling. He has passed legislation that shut down money laundering activities of terrorists and drug traffickers.

"President Clinton Praised Kerry for Putting 100,000 Cops on the Street When we tried to get past six years of talking tough on crime but nothing happening, rhetoric and rhetoric and rhetoric and no action, to put 100,000 police on the street, to ban deadly assault weapons to pass the Brady bill, the other side, led the fight against it. But John Kerry helped us pass the toughest, smartest, best crime bill this country has seen in many a day, and the crime rate has gone down for four years in a row. John Kerry was on the right side of history.

"Democratic Leader Tom Daschle Says Kerry Knows How to Get the Legislative Job Done in the Senate - Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle had kind words for John Kerrys work on Campaign Finance Reform when he asked Kerry to chair the Democratic Steering Committee: "From our teen-smoking bill to HMO reform and Campaign Finance Reform (my bold), John Kerry has demonstrated that he clearly knows how to get the job done. He is a valued and trusted member of our leadership team, and I am pleased he has accepted another term as Chairman of the Steering and Coordination Committee."

"Even Dr. Bill Frist, Senate Majority Leader Says Kerrys Global AIDS Legislation is a Huge Step Forward: The Kerry-Frist bill is a huge step forward, said Frist. It further validates U.S. leadership in the global effort to end devastation many countries face in the fight against HIV/AIDS (my bold).

"Legislative Achievements: 58 bills and resolutions John Kerry has sponsored over the years have passed the U.S. Senate. Countless others have been improved because of his work, including the Clean Air Act, the Childrens Health Insurance Program and the COPS program.

"John Kerry has taken on the special interests and won. He fought against Newt Gingrichs anti-labor and anti-environmental regulatory reform. He has fought to raise the minimum wage. He has worked to shut down wasteful corporate subsidies. And John Kerry played an important role in the effort to reach a settlement with the tobacco companies that ended marketing to children and teenagers."

Still not convinced? Here's another bit:

"One of Kerry's main accomplishments in the Senate was not a piece of legislation, but rather taking the lead in the war on terror. In 1986, he formed "The Kerry Committee" to investigate allegations of illegal gun-running and narcotics trafficking by the CIA and State Department. The Kerry Committee's report eventually led to:

The Iran-Contra hearings

Uncovering Manuel Noriegas involvement with drug-running and his ties to the CIA

The downfall of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), through which Noriega had laundered money

Kerry's persistence in shutting down money laundering operations and the selling of arms to terrorists angered some of his colleagues, particularly when he put a powerful fellow democrat (my bold) on the witness stand - Clark Clifford, who represented BCCI."

Now, what part of that don't you think is impressive? :)

I also like the fact Kerry was a member of the Senate. With the huge mess weve got going on right now, we need a guy who can hit the ground running when it comes to working with Congress, and Kerry has shown over the last twenty years that he can work with BOTH SIDES to get important legislation passed. (Remember that the Senate has been under Republican control for a lot of that time period.) Despite the heavy partisanship that comes with an election, Kerry has managed to keep a decent relationship going with his Senate colleagues, and counts McCain as a friend. (Im hoping he picks him for his cabinet!) I want a guy who can work with both sides of the aisle, and Kerry has proven he can do that. Do we even need to talk about Bushs nonexistent history of bi-partisanship?
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  -Reality Check from the Ground (What I'm Hearing...) IdaBriggs  Sep-24-04 07:33 AM   #0 
  - It's why I am worried about Pennsylvanian and Wisconsin  NewYorkerfromMass   Sep-24-04 07:37 AM   #1 
  - I can't believe they've been sticking, but they are.  IdaBriggs   Sep-24-04 07:44 AM   #2 
  - The problem is all these vets who "have it in" for Kerry  NewYorkerfromMass   Sep-24-04 07:46 AM   #4 
  - I canceled my subscription to the LA times this morning.  Carla in Ca   Sep-24-04 03:25 PM   #35 
  - This thread is right on the mark  SoCalDemocrat   Sep-25-04 05:29 AM   #52 
  - Thank you for your work in Michigan  missouri dem   Sep-24-04 07:45 AM   #3 
  - This is very depressing.  liberalmuse   Sep-24-04 07:50 AM   #5 
  - The young people are surprising.  Leilani   Sep-24-04 07:58 AM   #7 
  - I haven't heard Kerry speak one word about the Supreme  leftynyc   Sep-24-04 12:41 PM   #22 
  - Ralph Nader is a better choice than Kerry  richgriffin   Sep-24-04 03:25 PM   #36 
     - Your idealism is commendable but a vote for Nader is a vote for  Bandit   Sep-24-04 03:39 PM   #38 
     - Deleted message  Name removed   Sep-24-04 07:47 PM   #46 
     - Nader is a friggin Right Wing stooge. And so are those who back him  amBushed   Sep-24-04 03:44 PM   #39 
     - Nader is a gazillionaire too.....  XanthaS   Sep-24-04 04:32 PM   #43 
     - Naderirtes become Republican when they get older  Onlooker   Sep-25-04 05:58 AM   #53 
  - Howard Gardner explains  NJCher   Sep-24-04 07:58 AM   #6 
  - Very good point.  Ripley   Sep-24-04 08:07 AM   #8 
  - I'm worried  eye22004   Sep-24-04 08:11 AM   #9 
  - Where does he stand, exactly?  texasblueeyes   Sep-24-04 08:20 AM   #12 
     - My using quotation marks  eye22004   Sep-24-04 08:34 AM   #16 
  - Sounds like Kerry needs to get them to like him  BullGooseLoony   Sep-24-04 08:15 AM   #10 
  - If they are undecideds, why do they take one side's PR as truth?  July   Sep-24-04 08:16 AM   #11 
  - Undecideds are swayed by prejudice  NewYorkerfromMass   Sep-24-04 08:23 AM   #13 
  - it's also because republicans paint with emotion  NJCher   Sep-24-04 08:27 AM   #14 
  - Write your cable companies and tell them you will not continue to  mbee   Sep-24-04 08:32 AM   #15 
  - I will say it again as I have for the past 4 weeks.  Kerryfan   Sep-24-04 08:44 AM   #17 
  - While this is all depressing...  Clinton Crusader   Sep-24-04 08:55 AM   #18 
  - I have not heard kerry as Nice Guy lately  NoBorders   Sep-24-04 03:13 PM   #33 
  - Believe it or not, most people STILL aren't paying much attention.  ClassWarrior   Sep-24-04 09:01 AM   #19 
  - Twain and Aesop  NinetySix   Sep-24-04 09:41 AM   #20 
  - The solution is phone banking and precinct walking. It's what you're doing  AP   Sep-24-04 09:48 AM   #21 
  - Quit worrying until....  SeekingTruth   Sep-24-04 12:51 PM   #23 
  - Agreed, Bush's lead and Kerry's "weaknesses" can evaporate next Thursday  AwsieDooger   Sep-25-04 01:50 AM   #48 
  - My friends, relax.  bush equals idiot   Sep-24-04 02:04 PM   #24 
  - Hey nice post  Generator   Sep-24-04 02:21 PM   #26 
  - Excellent post! Welcome to DU  onecent   Sep-24-04 02:28 PM   #28 
  - the lunch roundtable discussions  richgriffin   Sep-24-04 03:32 PM   #37 
  - A little inside scoop  masonfl   Sep-24-04 02:16 PM   #25 
  - How many years has Kerry been senator and won??  marlakay   Sep-24-04 02:22 PM   #27 
  - How many Senators have been elected Pres since 1900???  Night Gal   Sep-25-04 03:18 AM   #50 
     - You've been listening to the freepers too much.  IdaBriggs   Sep-25-04 11:09 AM   #55 
  - Ohio here. i am using flyers to get the message out  rosebud57   Sep-24-04 02:33 PM   #29 
  - To onecent.  bush equals idiot   Sep-24-04 02:48 PM   #30 
  - An undecided voter told me this today, in detail:  IANM   Sep-24-04 02:57 PM   #31 
  - Please tell me more about  Barney Rocks   Sep-24-04 03:08 PM   #32 
  - I feel like they want some affirmation that their belief in God is import  IANM   Sep-24-04 04:17 PM   #40 
  - Ianm, I think that is  Barney Rocks   Sep-24-04 04:33 PM   #44 
  - Can you pm me? I will send you the data. nt  IdaBriggs   Sep-25-04 11:11 AM   #56 
  - I've talked some folks exactly like this. I can't get a hook to really  KoKo01   Sep-24-04 11:51 PM   #47 
  - denying a president a 2nd term is essentially regicide by plebescite  kodi   Sep-24-04 03:14 PM   #34 
  - Run that theory by...  MUSTANG_2004   Sep-24-04 04:23 PM   #41 
     - indicating the requirement for a high level of agitation from them first  kodi   Sep-24-04 04:38 PM   #45 
  - Thank you for posting!  Heath.Hunnicutt   Sep-24-04 04:25 PM   #42 
  - I'm hearing the same in PA, my response is...  sampsonblk   Sep-25-04 02:07 AM   #49 
  - Posts like this do nothing but encourage the freepers  JPJones   Sep-25-04 03:26 AM   #51 
  - I hear you  bklyncowgirl   Sep-25-04 06:34 AM   #54 

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