Is there any issue, major or minor, that Senator John F Kerry has not flip-flopped on? I think you would be hard pressed to find one. But for those of us who will be spending the next seven months pointing out all of his “subtle” shifts on every issue imaginable, its going to be fun!
Here is a case in point:
SEN. JOHN KERRY (D-MA), 12/3/03: “Well, any candidate for president who stands up and tells people, as some are, that they’re going to just stop [outsourcing] by getting tough on trade or whatever, is lying to the American people [emphasis mine]. Outsourcing is particularly painful at this moment because we haven’t been creating jobs, and we haven’t been creating jobs to some measure because of the overhang of the 1990s, the excess capacity that we were left with and the need to sort of burn it up.” (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At Council On Foreign Relations, New York, NY, 12/3/03)
KERRY AIDE, 2/19/04: “‘Outsourcing is a new phenomenon,’ a Kerry aide said. ‘We don’t really have a clue what’s going on.’” (Jonathan Weisman, “Democrats Can’t Get Firm Grip On Jobs Issue,” The Washington Post, 2/19/04)
KERRY, 02/19/04: “It makes no sense at all for the American taxpayer to subsidize sending our jobs overseas. We’re going to repeal every tax loophole and benefit that rewards any Benedict Arnold CEO or company for exploiting the tax code to export American jobs. We should be exporting American products, not American jobs.” John Kerry at AFL-CIO Meeting Speaking on Jobs & The Economy
So, just a few short months ago in early December of 2003, Senator Kerry states that anyone who tries to say they’ll stop outsourcing just by getting tough on trade (likely a critique directed at Howard Dean) is “lying,” but now, this is exactly what Kerry is saying. So, I guess, by his own admission, he’s lying.
So good of the Senator to make that clear for us.