January 30, 2005


Transcript for Jan. 30: Guests: Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. (Meet the Press, Jan. 30, 2005)

MR. RUSSERT: At the Clinton Library dedication on November 18, a few weeks after the election, you were quoted as saying, "It was the Osama bin Laden tape. It scared the voters," the tape that appeared just a day before the election here. Do you believe that tape is the reason you lost the race?

SEN. KERRY: I believe that 9/11 was the central deciding issue in this race. And the tape--we were rising in the polls up until the last day when the tape appeared. We flat-lined the day the tape appeared and went down on Monday. I think it had an impact. But 9/11, you know, it's a very difficult hurdle when a country is at war. I applauded the president's leadership in the days immediately afterwards. I thought he did a good job in that, and he obviously connected to the American people in those immediate days. When a country is at war and in the wake of 9/11, it's very difficult to shift horses in midstream. I think it's remarkable we came as close as we did as a campaign. Many Republicans say we beat their models by four or five points as to what they thought we could achieve.

I am proud of the campaign, Tim. And I think if you look at what we did in states, I mean, millions of new voters came into this process. I won the youth vote. I won the independent vote. I won the moderate vote. If you take half the people at an Ohio State football game on Saturday afternoon and they were to have voted the other way, you and I would be having a discussion today about my State of the Union speech.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 30, 2005 10:31 PM

If you took away half of the dead people, imaginary playmates, and space aliens who voted in Milwaukee and St. Louis, we would still be waiting on W's State of the Union Address.

Posted by: Axel Kassel at January 30, 2005 10:51 PM

As someone who had student tickets to Ohio State
football games for 8 seasons, Sen. Kerry is
correct in assuming that if you took half the
people in attendance, they almost all would have
voted against him.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at January 31, 2005 8:13 AM

I won this vote.....
I won that vote.....

He lost the election.

Posted by: pchuck at January 31, 2005 10:12 AM
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