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20 Questions for Kerry

posted in another thread, but i thought it deserved its own thread. these are a little harder than the 10 questions we had for kerry and bush earlier.

http://www.nationalreview.com/commen...0408260833.asp

1. The Bush campaign maintains that you spent 20 years in the Senate with no signature legislative achievements. What do you consider to be the five most important pieces of legislation that you've authored?

a. What's the most important piece of legislation regarding intelligence you've authored?

b. What's the most important piece of antiterrorism legislation you've authored?

c. What's the most important piece of health-care legislation you've authored?

d. What's the most important piece of education legislation you've authored?

2. You'd agree that on paper, Dick Cheney's experience and qualifications dwarf those of your running mate. Why would John Edwards make a better president during the war on terror than Dick Cheney?

a. It's been widely reported that John McCain was your first choice as running mate. If true, why did you prefer Senator McCain to Senator Edwards?

3. Earlier this year you told Tim Russert that you'd release all of your military records, yet you've failed to do so and you refuse to release your Vietnam journal. Why shouldn't the public infer that the contents of these documents would undermine your credibility or otherwise damage your candidacy?

a. When will you release the documents?

4. You've stated that you believe that life begins at conception yet you voted against the ban on partial-birth abortions. At precisely what point is a life worth protecting?

a. Is there any limitation on abortion (waiting periods, parental notification) for which you'd vote? If so, what?

5. You've promised to repeal much of the Bush tax cut and while in the Senate you voted to raise taxes an average of five times per year. If current economic trends remain largely unchanged during a Kerry presidency, would you seek additional tax increases?

a. How would you raise taxes and what are the highest marginal tax rates that you'd support?

6. You opposed the 1991 Gulf War even though Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, had invaded another country, and France and Germany had supported the war. In the current conflict no WMDs have been found, France and Germany oppose the action, and Saddam hadn't invaded another country. Yet you recently stated that knowing what you know now, you'd nonetheless authorize the use of force — even though you voted against funding it. Could you please reconcile these positions?

7. You acknowledge meeting with representatives of North Vietnam and the Viet Cong in Paris in 1970. Afterward you urged Congress to accept the North Vietnamese proposals. Please explain how this wasn't a violation of the Logan Act and, if you were still in the Naval Reserves at that time, how it wasn't a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice prohibiting unauthorized communications with the enemy.

8. In several speeches before black audiences you've stated that a million African Americans were disenfranchised and had their votes stolen in the 2000 presidential election. There are no official or media investigations that support that statement. What evidence do you have to support the statement and if you believe a million blacks had their votes stolen, why haven't you called for criminal prosecutions and congressional investigations?

9. Do you dispute the National Journal's assessment that you're the nation's most liberal senator? If you do, which senators do you consider to be more liberal and why?

10. Why did you propose cutting the intelligence budget by $6 billion in 1994?

11. As president, would you nominate anyone to be either an attorney general, FBI director, or CIA director who had been a leader and chief spokesman for a group that had discussed and voted upon a plan to assassinate U.S. senators (even if the proposed nominee had opposed such plan)?

12. You have consistently stated that you "never, never" attended the November 1971 Kansas City meeting of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War at which a plan to assassinate six pro-military U.S. senators was discussed. Several newspapers reported that when confronted with FBI surveillance reports, your campaign "all but conceded" that you were in attendance , but claimed that this was a mere "footnote in history."

a. Were you there?

b. Did you discuss the assassination of U.S. senators? What did you say?

c. Did you vote upon such a plan? How did you vote? Were any similar plans discussed by your group at any time? What were they?

d. If the plan was voted down, what steps did you take to insure that supporters of the plan didn't carry it out anyway?

e. Especially considering that this took place in an era of political assassinations and assassination attempts (Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., George Wallace, etc.), did you report the discussion to any law-enforcement authorities? If not, why not?

f. When did you resign from the organization?

g. Do you dispute reports that you continued as a spokesman for the organization for more than a year after the Kansas City meeting?

h. If this was a mere footnote in history why have you repeatedly and vehemently denied you were there?

i. Did your campaign, as alleged in several newspaper accounts, attempt to get a witness to change his story about your attendance?

13. You have criticized the Patriot Act. What portions would you repeal or amend and why? What evidence do you have of any abuses of the Patriot Act?

14. As president, what would you do about Iran's emerging nuclear capability?

15. During your eight-year tenure on the Senate Intelligence Committee you missed more than thee fourths of all public meetings. It's also been reported that you have skipped or delayed receiving intelligence briefings during the campaign. Why should the public believe that you're serious about this issue?

16. What do you think is appropriate punishment for guards (and their superiors) found guilty of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib? Do you believe they should be stripped of command and receive dishonorable discharges and prison time?

17. On May 6, 2001, on Meet the Press, you stated that you had committed "the same kind of atrocities as thousands of other soldiers" in violation of the Geneva Convention. Specifically, you said you burned villages and "used 50-calibre machine guns, which [you] were granted and ordered to use, which were our only weapon against people."

a. Who ordered you to use 50-caliber machine guns on people?

b. How many people did you shoot with the 50s and how many of them were killed or wounded?

c. When and where did these shootings occur?

d. What other atrocities did you commit and when?

e. Which village(s) did you burn down and when?

f. Were any of your crewmembers present during the commission of any of these atrocities?

g. Did you order them to participate in the atrocities? Did they follow your orders?

h. Why were there no reports of these atrocities? Did you order your crew not to report them?

i. Are any of these incidents described in your Vietnam journal? If not, why not?

j. Did you observe thousands of (or any) other troops committing atrocities? When, where and what kind? Did you report them? If not, why not?

k. In light of your admitted atrocities, if Abu Ghraib guards found guilty of abuse should receive prison time and be stripped of command, why do you believe you should be considered for commander-in-chief?

18. Who among the justices currently sitting on the Supreme Court would be a model for your nominees to the federal bench? Why?

19. In a speech before Drake University Law School you characterized U.S. allies in the war in Iraq as "some trumped-up so-called Coalition of the bribed, the coerced, the bought and the extorted,..." Do you maintain that Great Britain has been bribed, coerced, bought, or extorted? What about Italy? Japan? Poland? Please specifically identify those members of the Coalition that have been either bribed, coerced, bought, and extorted and the officials who were bribed or bought.

20. You told George Stephanopoulos that you had a plan to get out of Iraq but refused to provide details. Would you consent to having your secret plan privately evaluated by an independent, bi-partisan panel of military experts who could report the plan's merits to the electorate without divulging the details?

a. Would you also consent to privately revealing to an independent panel the names of the foreign leaders who secretly support you so that the panel can confirm your story to the electorate?

b. Ditto regarding the leaders whom you say have secretly told Senators Biden and Levin that you must win?
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I'm not sure he'll see them here. Perhaps in the form of an e-mail or a letter?
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You are obviously unqualified to ask these questions because he has THREE PURPLE HEARTS.
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b. What's the most important piece of antiterrorism legislation you've authored?
S.CON.RES.99: A concurrent resolution condemning North Korea's support for terrorist activities.

Sponsor: Sen. Kerry .- LATEST ACTION: 03/04/88 Measure passed Senate, amended.

c. What's the most important piece of health-care legislation you've authored?
S.J.RES.158 : A joint resolution designating October 22 through 28, 1989, as "World Population Awareness Week".

Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 6/16/1989) Cosponsors: 27

Committees: Senate Judiciary; House Post Office and Civil Service

Latest Major Action: 10/25/1990 Signed by President.

d. What's the most important piece of education legislation you've authored?
S.CON.RES.7 : Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should establish an international education policy to further national security, foreign policy, and economic competitiveness, promote mutual understanding and cooperation among nations, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 2/1/2001) Cosponsors: 11

Committees: Senate Foreign Relations; House International Relations; House Education and the Workforce

Latest Major Action: 8/10/2001 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Education Reform.

Old 08-26-04, 12:49 PM
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Don't be holding your breath. The same "journalists" who badgered Bush into apologizing for 9/11 aren't going to ask those questions.
Heck I'd settle for them just to ask this:
"3. Earlier this year you told Tim Russert that you'd release all of your military records, yet you've failed to do so and you refuse to release your Vietnam journal. Why shouldn't the public infer that the contents of these documents would undermine your credibility or otherwise damage your candidacy?

a. When will you release the documents?"
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I'd love to see Kerry answer these questions. I'd also love to see Bush answer a list of twenty relevant questions directed to his circumstances.

Unfortunately, the way the media and politics operate these days, these questions would never get asked; if they did get asked, the candidates wouldn't be given an opportunity to give fulsome answers; and if the candidates did get an opportunity to give fulsome answers, the media would focus on a few "sexy" soundbites to the exclusion of all else.
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That looks like more than 20 to me.
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20 questions?!?!? There's at least 50 questions there. I'm surprised they didn't ask him what he had for lunch on the afternoon of 8/1/71.
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Originally posted by kvrdave
That looks like more than 20 to me.
count again
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Originally posted by kvrdave
That looks like more than 20 to me.
The list of questions was obviously written by a litigator who has experience writing discovery requests. We regularly consider Question #1, with subparts a through ddd, to be a single question. Then the other side bitches, claiming we really asked 56 questions, not one, while simultaneously serving their own discovery with multiple subparts. It's what keeps us busy.
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S.J.RES.158 : A joint resolution designating October 22 through 28, 1989, as "World Population Awareness Week".

He'd be laughed off of the campaign if he gave that answer. He's been in the Sen for many years and yet his most important health care resolution lasted only one week and it was 15 years ago.

I do admire you for answering though instead of attacking the NRO.
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If you have zero intention on voting for the man, why do you give a shit about these questions?

See you in November. I'll be voting, will you?
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20. You told George Stephanopoulos that you had a plan to get out of Iraq but refused to provide details. Would you consent to having your secret plan privately evaluated by an independent, bi-partisan panel of military experts who could report the plan's merits to the electorate without divulging the details?
That one's the easiest one, Kerry has already said he would have done it better.
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I'll be voting, will you?
At least 3 or 4 times.
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Originally posted by Tsar Chasm
If you have zero intention on voting for the man, why do you give a shit about these questions?
Plenty of folks on here that have zero intention on voting for Bush continue to start thread after thread asking the same questions about him.. or have you not noticed? It's what people do here.
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Originally posted by TeeSeeJay
S.CON.RES.99: A concurrent resolution condemning North Korea's support for terrorist activities.

Sponsor: Sen. Kerry .- LATEST ACTION: 03/04/88 Measure passed Senate, amended.

'Condemning'? What does a resolution like this 'do'? Is it like those 'resolutions' that declare May 25th Andy Griffith day or whatever?


S.J.RES.158 : A joint resolution designating October 22 through 28, 1989, as "World Population Awareness Week".

Sponsor: Sen. Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 6/16/1989) Cosponsors: 27
[/B]
Again, what does this do? We've got Frisbee Week, Do-Nothing Week, Snake Week, etc. As far as I can tell, these thing are meaningless platitudes. Okay, we're all aware of the World Population. Now what?


S.CON.RES.7 : Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should establish an international education policy to further national security, foreign policy, and economic competitiveness, promote mutual understanding and cooperation among nations, and for other purposes.
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expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should establish an international education policy

So this is simply Congress saying that they think that the US should establish a policy bla bla bla. And......?

I know, probably 75% of what's in the Congressional Record is pointless soundgood crap like this, and they also get bundled with 9,143 'subparts' that send federal money to Joe's Zoo in Podunk Montana. Specifically, these three don't look like much; generally, how much time, money, and energy, overall, is Congress wasting??
And, yes, 2 of those 3 are 14 years ago or longer.
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Originally posted by bhk

He'd be laughed off of the campaign if he gave that answer. He's been in the Sen for many years and yet his most important health care resolution lasted only one week and it was 15 years ago.

I do admire you for answering though instead of attacking the NRO.
It was meant as a sarcastic answer, since it's his only legislation even tangentially related to "healthcare" in the most abstract sense. Yet you cannot imagine he'd answer "I have introduced no healthcare-related legislation," so he'd have to say something.

(I was going to be completely sarcastic and list his "5 most important" bills as being the resolutions to honor Ted Williams, jackie robinson, some senate janitor, some other senate peon, and finally, the resolution to rename a senate subcommittee.)
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Originally posted by Tsar Chasm
If you have zero intention on voting for the man, why do you give a shit about these questions?

See you in November. I'll be voting, will you?
i dont have zero intention seeing as i dont like bush either.

if he has any chance of being my president i think i should give a shit to some of these answers

yes, i'll be voting
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It was meant as a sarcastic answer, since it's his only legislation even tangentially related to "healthcare" in the most abstract sense. Yet you cannot imagine he'd answer "I have introduced no healthcare-related legislation," so he'd have to say something.
whoops, I thought you were being serious, sorry.
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Re: 20 Questions for Kerry

Originally posted by Venusian

2. You'd agree that on paper, Dick Cheney's experience and qualifications dwarf those of your running mate. Why would John Edwards make a better president during the war on terror than Dick Cheney?
Well, it's certainly a matter of opinion whether Cheney is more qualified or not. Experience is a pretty nebulous concept when it comes to public office, and if that were all that mattered, then shouldn't Al Gore or George HW Bush be VP on experience alone?

5. You've promised to repeal much of the Bush tax cut and while in the Senate you voted to raise taxes an average of five times per year.
I'm curious how they calculated that '5 times per year' figure. Now, of course Kerry is no opponent of federal taxes, but I suspect they got that figure buy counting every subcommittee, committee, and Senate floor vote, counting amendments as an individual, discrete vote for raising taxes.
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Re: Re: 20 Questions for Kerry

Originally posted by wendersfan
I'm curious how they calculated that '5 times per year' figure. Now, of course Kerry is no opponent of federal taxes, but I suspect they got that figure buy counting every subcommittee, committee, and Senate floor vote, counting amendments as an individual, discrete vote for raising taxes.
It probably also included things like the gas tax which came up periodically. I wonder in particular how advocating that type of tax jibes with not raising middle and lower class taxes.
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Originally posted by Venusian
i dont have zero intention seeing as i dont like bush either.

if he has any chance of being my president i think i should give a shit to some of these answers

yes, i'll be voting
I have a hard time believing that someone wanting candidate background on the issues of the day would be visiting the National Review for tips and guidelines.

But then again, this is "Other" I'll be sure to suspend disbelief.
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I didn't visit National Review...well until i saw the link. it was posted in another thread and i liked the questions so i figured i'd start my own thread.
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You dont think an independent could read National Review and New Republic every week and get a good cross section of opinion?
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You dont think an independent could read National Review and New Republic every week and get a good cross section of opinion?
No, only the NYT and the WaPo is unbiased.

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