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.
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Once and future presidential candidate? John Kerry