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When Was He For It (Before He Was Against It)?

John Kerry gives a disingenuous defense of why he said voted for the $87 billion before he voted against it.

1:20 PM, Sep 29, 2004 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
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ON TODAY'S Good Morning America, John Kerry defended his "I actually did vote for the $87 billion, before I voted against it," comment: "It just was a very inarticulate way of saying something, and I had one of those inarticulate moments late in the evening when I was dead tired in the primaries and I didn't say something very clearly."

The problem: According to the March 17 Washington Post, Kerry made the comment at a noontime appearance at Marshall University, two weeks after the Democratic primary contest had ended.

The irony: The Bush campaign had already done all the damage it could with this particular comment of Kerry's. Kerry's inability simply to smile about his inept formulation and move on, and his attempt instead to offer a (false) excuse, is perhaps more telling than the original statement.

William Kristol is editor of The Weekly Standard.



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