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  • America Votes

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    Monday, March 01, 2004

    Kerry tweaks stump speech 

    Sen. John Kerry ignored his Democratic opponent, Sen. John Edwards, entirely in his final day of campaigning before Super Tuesday. Instead, he focused on President Bush's economic and national security policies.

    Ramping up to Tuesday's contests in 10 states, Kerry added some rhetorical flourishes to his standard stump speech. He railed against the "Benedict Arnold companies or CEOs" that "hide money overseas, take the jobs with them and stick the American people with the bill."

    "When November comes, George Bush is going, we're coming and don't let the door hit you on the way out, fellas!" Kerry said.

    He used to reserve that line for the HMOs, oil companies and "special interests" that he inveighed against, but he stopped after his fund raising from lobbyists became a target of critics.

    posted by Jim Van Nostrand at 9:15 PM



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