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Perky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-20-07 05:51 AM
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Kerrey apologizes, says Obama:''exceptionally qualified by experience and judgment to be president "
Kerrey Apologizes to Obama Over Remark

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: December 20, 2007
Filed at 4:00 a.m. ET

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey has apologized to Barack Obama for any unintentional insult he committed by raising the Democratic presidential candidate's Muslim heritage while endorsing rival candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Kerrey sent a letter to Obama on Wednesday, lauding the Illinois senator's qualifications to be president and saying that he never meant to harm his candidacy. Kerrey told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that he sent the letter on his own and had not spoken to Clinton or her campaign about the comments he made Sunday in Iowa.

''What I found myself getting into in Iowa -- and it was my own fault -- it was the wrong moment to do it and it was insulting,'' Kerrey told the AP. ''I meant no disrespect at all.''

Obama spokesman Bill Burton said the senator accepted Kerrey's apology, sent to the campaign in the mail and via e-mail.

While announcing his support for Clinton on Sunday, Kerrey told The Washington Post in an interview that while he hopes Clinton is the nominee, he would like Obama to have a role -- especially because of his ability to reach out to black youth and Muslims around the world.

''It's probably not something that appeals to him, but I like the fact that his name is Barack Hussein Obama, and that his father was a Muslim and that his paternal grandmother is a Muslim,'' said Kerrey, a former governor and the current president of the New School in New York City. ''There's a billion people on the planet that are Muslims, and I think that experience is a big deal.''

Kerrey's mention of Obama's middle name and his Muslim roots raised eyebrows because they are also used as part of a smear campaign on the Internet that falsely suggests Obama is a Muslim who wants to bring jihad to the United States.

Obama is a Christian.

The Clinton campaign has already fired two volunteer county coordinators in Iowa for forwarding hoax e-mails with the debunked claim. Last week, a national Clinton campaign co-chairman resigned for raising questions about whether Obama's teenage drug use could be used against him, so Kerrey's comments raised questions about whether the Clinton campaign might be using another high-profile surrogate to smear Obama.

Kerrey told Obama in the letter that was not his intent.

''I answered a question about your qualifications to be president in a way that has been interpreted as a backhanded insult of you. I assure you I meant to do just the opposite,'' Kerrey wrote.

He went on to say he considers Obama one of the most talented people he's met in politics and ''exceptionally qualified by experience and judgment to be president of the United States.'' He expanded on Obama's potential to bring peace to the world and his capacity to inspire hope -- high praise for someone backing Obama's top rival.
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regnaD kciN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-20-07 06:04 AM
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1. I hope the Obama campaign starts using that quote in their ads...!
:spank:

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acmavm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-20-07 06:16 AM
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2. Screw Kerrey. He needs to cough up the truth about 911 that the
commission he served on lied about.

How about that Bob? Got some time to tell the truth? Or have you spotted a hooch with some elderly people and babies in it that need killing?
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still_one Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-20-07 06:17 AM
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3. Isn't that special. First you bring in something that has nothing to do with one's qualifications,
distort the truth of the matter, then "tell the jury to ignore everything they just heard"

My ass this wasn't intentional. In fact that tells me everything I need to know about the clinton campaign

Yes, I will vote for her if she get the nomination, but only because of the supreme court. My disdain for the clintons is only confirmed by this crap




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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-20-07 06:54 AM
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4. If he said nothing wrong, why is he apologizing?
:eyes:
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mth44sc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-20-07 07:14 AM
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5. To keep the story alive
yet another day...
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Scriptor Ignotus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-20-07 02:17 PM
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18. I think Kerrey was just oblivious to the implications
of what he was saying.
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JTFrog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-20-07 07:24 AM
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6. I'm really at the fuck anything connected with Clinton or Bush stage.
Enough is Enough. That should be the winning 2008 campaign slogan.
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BeyondGeography Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-20-07 12:25 PM
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13. No shit
And no one even reads and/or comments on the library donor story you posted earlier...that's exactly the stuff that Democrats should be focusing on and turning away from right now.
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flpoljunkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-20-07 07:38 AM
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7. Let's see if this gets reported by the cable news talkiing heads today.
That said, classy of Obama to not condemn Kerrey and class of Kerrey to apologize.
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-20-07 09:34 AM
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8. Feh.
Kerrey managed to use the word "Muslim" three times in his brief statement about Obama punctuated with inserting the phrase "Islamic Manchurian candidate" into the fray.

Kerrey's part in this saga is only slightly less repulsive than the smarmy Penn's performance on Hardball when he got in three references to "cocaine" during his brief appearance.

Kerrey's apology today allows this bit of nastiness to linger in the news cycle one more day. Bravo.
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GalleryGod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-20-07 10:03 AM
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9. I'll give him a pass on this one....
His CMH affords him that...for me.

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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-20-07 12:27 PM
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14. What's CMH?
That it affords him?
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IronLionZion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-20-07 02:56 PM
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20. Congressional Medal of Honor
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-20-07 10:52 PM
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21. Thanks!
bob kerrey gets no passes when he's screwing with my country.
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maximusveritas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-20-07 12:04 PM
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10. It's a good apology
I actually think he wasn't trying to hurt Obama with his mention. He's not that kind of guy from what I know of him.
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David Zephyr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-20-07 12:15 PM
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11. Bob Kerrey pulled the same shit in the 1992 primary campaign calling Jerry Brown a "lesbian"
Bob Kerrey is a street-smart politician. I have doubts about his intention...and now comes the apology after the damage was done.

Bob Kerrey pulled the same stunt in 1992 cracking a joke that Jerry Brown might be a lesbian intentionally working on the false whisper campaign that Brown was gay. Jerry Brown is not gay, and yet he was the first governor to decriminalize homosexuality in the United States here in California. Jerry Brown's courageous and honorable act to forward civil rights of gay and lesbian Americans was used against him as a "joke" by Kerrey who just about the last man in the Democratic Party to embrace anything positive for the GLBT community.

I just don't believe that Bob Kerrey was praising Obama with such finger pointing to mid-western voters.

Hillary's campaign keeps doing this: insinuate Obama is a Muslim and then apologize after the damage is done or insinuate he was a drug dealer and then apologize after the damage is done.

Bob Kerrey hasn't changed one bit in my eyes.

I hope he's proud of himself...again.
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Kolesar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-20-07 02:14 PM
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17. Publicizing that Obama's middle name is "Hussein" is truly insidious...eom
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jgraz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-20-07 12:23 PM
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12. So let's see if I have this straight...
Hillary's message is "even though B. Hussein OSAMA is a MOOSLIM and a COCAINE dealer, I'll allow you to vote for the Mooslim cocaine dealer as long as you don't care about the whole Mooslim/Cocaine thing.... Mooslim. Cocaine."





"mooslim"


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killbotfactory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-20-07 01:09 PM
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15. and then he added "... for a drug-dealing muslim sleeper agent."
it's a compliment!
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-20-07 01:34 PM
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16. Does Bob Kerrey still think Iraq is important because of 9/11?
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annie1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-20-07 02:38 PM
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19. Ugh. tthis guy seriously has done hillary no favors.
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