Kerry Attacks Bush's Campaign Of "Fear And Smear"
John Kerry went to New York today to state the obvious: the Bush campaign relies on a diet of smear and fear, using tactics that the Bushes have used going back to the Dukakis/Willie Horton smears and fear from 1988. And they are doing it because they have no record of accomplishment or meeting their campaign promises to run on.
"I'm here to call for a truthful and robust debate about our values as Americans and the fundamental choices we will make at a critical time in America's and the world's history," he said. "But from the other side, we see a calculated effort to evade that debate. The Bush campaign and its allies have turned to the tactics of fear and smear because they can't talk about jobs, about health care, about energy independence."
As his campaign continues to accuse Mr. Bush and his allies of waging an attack on his record as a decorated Vietnam war veteran, Mr. Kerry used the words "truth" and "truthfulness" dozens of times to delineate the strategies of the two campaigns.
"They can't, or they refuse to talk about the real issues that matter to the American people," he said. "To me the contest this year is not just about winning a campaign," he continued. "It's about reclaiming the character of America's integrity and the the integrity of our politics.
Referring to the coming Republican gathering in New York City, Senator Kerry predicted, "They'll bend over backward with last-minute proposals and last-minute promises to make up for all they haven't done and to pretend they're not who they are."
"But words and slogans and personal attacks cannot disguise what they have done and left undone," he said.
Mr. Kerry said he planned to preserve middle-class tax cuts, reduce the cost of health care and education, reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil and increase the federal minimum wage.
The Republicans, he said, have had four years and have only worsened the economy. He repeated Mr. Bush's frequent reference to "turning the corner" on the economy and on the president's description as the "best economy of our lifetime."
"They have obviously decided that some people will believe anything no matter how fictional or how far-fetched, if they repeat it often enough," he said. "That's how they have run their administration, that's how they're running their campaign, and that's how they will run their convention."
Whatís laughable about the Bush campaign response today was their choice of what to bash Kerry with: his vote for the 1993 Clinton deficit reduction package, widely credited with leading the country out of GOP deficits and on a path to the economic boom of the 1990ís. The package didnít receive a single GOP vote.