Kerry urges higher voter par­tic­i­pa­tion

Pawtucket Times - - REGION/OBITUARIES -

NEW­PORT (AP) — Former U.S. Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry im­plored con­stituents to vote dur­ing an ap­pear­ance on a Rhode Is­land pub­lic af­fairs tele­vi­sion pro­gram.

The New­port Daily News re­ports that Kerry talked with “Story in the Pub­lic Square” hosts Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller on Wed­nes­day night at Salve Regina Univer­sity. Kerry has trav­eled re­cently to pro­mote his mem­oir, “Ev­ery Day Is Ex­tra.”

The former Demo­cratic U.S. se­na­tor from Mas­sachusetts lamented de­clin­ing voter turnout in re­cent pres­i­den­tial elec­tions dur­ing the con­ver­sa­tion. He said the only way to re­store democ­racy was to vote. He also high­lighted the im­por­tance of the Nov. 6 midterm elec­tions.

Kerry crit­i­cized Congress for par­ti­san­ship that has dis­rupted prob­lem solv­ing. He called op­po­si­tion to former Demo­cratic Pres­i­dent Barack Obama “a recipe for disas­ter.”

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