Senator Kerry Campaigns in Salem, Massachusetts
He commented on the current sorry state of the Presidency:
"There is an absence of leadership that I have never seen," Kerry said. "(There is a) complete and total abdication of responsibility of serious engagement in issues that affect every single one of you here. It is driven by ideology, partisanship."On the question of his own plans for 2008, Kerry was a bit more cautious:
"The short answer is, I'm thinking very seriously about it," Kerry said. "I know what it takes. I know how to do it, I know the mistakes we made, and we did make some mistakes."Thank you Senator Kerry!
Keep thinking seriously about it. America needs your leadership! We can do it together!
Senator Kerry was quoted on some of the current issues facing America:
Iraq: "I think we have to get out of Iraq as fast as we can. ... Our guys are in the middle of a civil war. Who's kidding who?"Keep those ideas coming!
Immigration: "You have to have comprehensive reform. ... To just do enforcement is to invite a continued problem. ... We're going to have to have some people come in to do the jobs nobody wants to do."
The role of government: "'It's not the government's money, it's your money' ... (is) a very difficult proposition to defend against. The problem is, it's also your pothole and somebody's got to fill it. It's your school and somebody's got to manage it. It's your bridge and somebody's got to fix it."
Partisanship: "I have never seen the United States Senate and House as partisan as they are today. ... You don't have the kind of compromise that we used to have, where we used to look for 80 votes, 90 votes, instead of 51 votes."
The public's interest in government: "The attention span of Americans has changed. ... The people who don't want to listen to the president go to 'American Idol,' or they go to the game."
America needs leadership with a coherent foreign policy.
A leader who will place qualified individuals in high positions and not cronies.
A leader who can recognize that he or she has made a mistake, instead of doing the same wrong thing over and over again.
A leader who values the environment, cares for those in need, believes in the posibilities of science, and treasures diversity among all of us and among all those around the world. A leader who believes that our National Parks are treasures and not pieces of real estate that can be sold off. A leader who believes that America is the beacon of freedom and not the object of inquiries into torture. A leader who believes that when the City of New Orleans loses 250,000 jobs, the President can do more than create a "tax incentive zone". A President can help those 250,000 people do the more than 250,000 jobs that need to be done!
We neeed you Senator Kerry! Hope is still on the Way!