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  •  Also... (4.00)
    Kerry can tie his support for the "paid for" version to his consistent stance on balance budgets, i.e., breaking with Dems in the 80's, voting with Clinton in the 93, when the budget barely passed, but worked out well (to say the least). Helps smack down multiple memes at once, i.e. "too liberal" and "flip-flop"
    •  Hmmm (3.50)
      Clearly, the in-depth, sensible explanation of Kerry's vote won't pass in the sound-bite media.  We need a 1-sentence argument for Kerry's stance.  How about:

      "I did support the $87 billion and I supported paying for it."

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      by TrentL on Wed Aug 04, 2004 at 07:17:06 PM PDT

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      •  Or... (3.75)
        "I supported the bill that said how we'd pay for the $87 billion.  That bill, unfortuneatly, didn't pass."

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        by TrentL on Wed Aug 04, 2004 at 07:18:14 PM PDT

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        •  Magic word (4.00)
          I think the key is accountability.

          Didn't Kerry support the version that called for there to be oversight and accounting?

          If I have that right, then the lead-up is to remind that the Congress is obliged to not only pass laws and funding bills but to oversee the spending of those funds, to see that they are spent honestly and wisely...

          THEN:

          "The bill I voted for insisted that there be oversight and accounting in place for the $87 billion.  The president threatened to veto that one.  The bill I opposed lacked that oversight.  And since then, we've had a series of scandals about how Halliburton and other corporations have defrauded the US Treasury.  And there's over $8.8 billion that the CPA can't or won't account for.  So it appears to me that the bill that the president demanded has resulted in more than ten percent of that money being stolen from US taxpayers."

          A liberal is a conservative who's been through treatment. -- Garrison Keillor

          by ogre on Wed Aug 04, 2004 at 07:52:02 PM PDT

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      •  One-Line Rebutts (none)
        How about

        "I supported the 87 Billion Dollar bill that didn't have your grandchild paying for IT!!"

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