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    Wednesday, October 06, 2004

    Kerry on the phone; let's listen in 

    Sen. John Kerry got to do his own version of post-debate spin, by making reporters feel a little bit like voyeurs. It was all staged, of course, but about two dozen photographers and reporters were allowed to listen in as Kerry called running mate John Edwards Tuesday night to offer his analysis of the debate.

    Let's roll the tape for a one-sided bit of eavesdropping:

    "You went back on the health-care piece, which was so important. ... I know, I know, don't worry about it, you did it, you got it in and people heard about it and they really have a better sense of that.

    "Listen, I got to tell you something. The country tonight got a chance to feel the confidence that I had in you. And now they have the confidence in you. They felt the strength, they felt the clarity, you you were so strong correcting the facts. They keep distorting things.

    "These guys can only resort to fear and distortion. You held them accountable. You did a great, great job.

    "Oh, thank you. Well, I enjoyed the conversation. I'm serious. I hope it helped.

    "But I have to tell you ... he had no answer about Halliburton. He had no answer about you know taking care of the drug companies. He had no answer about the unfairness of the tax cuts. He was incorrect on the facts ... So we're going to have a terrific opportunity at the end to continue to tell the truth. You did wonderfully. Give Jack and Emma Claire a hug for me, will you?"

    At this point, Kerry's wife Teresa, celebrating her 67th birthday, entered the room.

    "Oh, Teresa's here ... We've got the birthday girl here. I've got to tell you we're so proud of you, you did a spectacular job. All right, man, I'll talk to you later. Take care."

    See you in St. Louis.

    posted by Jim Kuhnhenn at 10:25 AM

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