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IdaBriggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-25-04 12:09 PM
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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: http://kerry.senate.gov/bandwidth/issues/legislation.ht... ) 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: http://blog.johnkerry.com/rapidresponse/archives/002284...

"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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