Kerry’s ‘dossier’

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

John Kerry said Nov. 5 there might be a next time for his pres­i­den­tial as­pi­ra­tions, and if there is, the 63-year-old U.S. sen­a­tor from Mas­sachusetts says he’ll be ready for the po­lit­i­cal tor­pe­does that helped sink his 2004 White House bid, a Mas­sachusetts news­pa­per re­ports.

Mr. Kerry, whose ser­vice as a U.S. Navy swift boat skip­per dur­ing the Viet­nam War came un­der at­tack in his race against Pres­i­dent Bush, said he has com­piled a dossier on his war-record crit­ics that he wishes he’d had as the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee, re­ports the Pa­triot-Ledger news­pa­per of Quincy, which cov­ers Bos­ton’s south sub­urbs.

“We have put to­gether a doc­u­mented port­fo­lio that frankly puts their lies in such a to­tal light of ab­sur­dity and in­de­cency, that should they ever rear their ugly heads again, we have ev­ery sin­gle ‘t’ crossed and ‘i’ dot­ted, and I wel­come that in a sense,” Mr. Kerry said af­ter a morn­ing ad­dress to the South Shore Cham­ber of Com­merce. “It’s a shame we weren’t able to pro­duce all that at the time.”

Mr. Kerry said he re­grets his slow­ness to counter ac­cu­sa­tions from the Swift Boat Vet­er­ans for Truth, which faulted Mr. Kerry’s war record and his sub­se­quent an­ti­war ac­tivism.

“I think the big­ger prob­lem was, the cam­paign should have spent more money putting the truth out there,” Mr. Kerry said. “I think there was an as­sump­tion that it was out there, it was suf­fi­ciently out there.”

Mr. Kerry is fo­cus­ing on his race next year for a sixth term in the U.S. Se­nate and said he would ex­pect to be dogged by the same crit­ics in a sub­se­quent race for the White House.

sniff­ing po­lit­i­cal blood.”

Bloomberg News

Once and fu­ture pres­i­den­tial can­di­date? John Kerry

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