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  • A Candidate for the Common Man?

       April 18, 2004

    Today on NBC News' Meet The Press (transcript linked).", John Kerry addressed his comments on foreign leaders "rooting" for him to beat President Bush:

    MR. RUSSERT: Let me see if I can clean up a comment that you made in March that created an awful lot of controversy and stir. "I have met more leaders who can't go out and say it publicly but, boy, they look at you and say, `You gotta win this, you gotta beat this guy, we need a new policy'--things like that. So there is enormous energy out there. Tell them, wherever they can find an American abroad, they can contribute."

    The Washington Times added this: "Although Mr. Kerry indicated that he had met in person with foreign leaders who privately endorsed him, he has made no official trips abroad in the past two years. Within the United States, he has had the chance to meet with only one foreign leader since the beginning of last year, according to a review of his travel schedule."

    Specifically, which foreign leaders have you met with who told you that you should beat George Bush?

    SEN. KERRY: Tim, first of all, that is an inaccurate assessment of how I might or where I might be able to meet or talk to a foreign leader, number one.

    MR. RUSSERT: But you have talked to foreign leaders who told you...

    SEN. KERRY: Number--Tim, what I said is true. I mean, you can go to New York City and you can be in a restaurant and you can meet a foreign leader. There are plenty of places to meet people without traveling abroad. Number two, I'm under no obligation--I would be stupid if I were to sit here and start saying, "Well, so-and-so told me this," because they have dealings with this administration. This administration doesn't talk about its private conversations, and nor will I. I invite you, I invite The Washington Times editorial, go to European, go to foreign capitals, travel in the world. Talk to any American businessman who has been abroad, talk to any of our colleagues who've traveled abroad, and the conversations they've had. Never has the United States of America been held in as low a regard internationally--and polls have shown this--as we are today. We're not trusted and this administration is not liked.

    Let's highlight the best part:

    "Tim, what I said is true. I mean, you can go to New York City and you can be in a restaurant and you can meet a foreign leader."

    Now, I know some people would think this is a perfect example of how Senator Kerry is completely out of touch with the common man and woman. The rarified circles he travels in means that he can't relate to the everyday issues facing middle class Middle America.

    But I don't agree. I mean, Kerry's right. Why, just the other night I ran into Pervez Musharraf at the Avenue Bar's fish fry. And, I saw Leszek Miller, Vaclav Havel & Silvio Berlusconi standing in line for beer at the Union. Not to mention the fact that Jacques Chirac is in my book club (this month, we're reading "The Rules of Surrender").

    To be honest though, most of them were pretty glad Bush was around to play the Bad Cop, although Chirac *did* confide to me that he thought Laura Bush was way hotter than Teresa Heinz Kerry.


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