The AP reports
that Kerry says Dean has no chance against Bush:
Kerry Says Dean Has No Chance Vs. Bush
With a month to go before the New Hampshire primary, John Kerry says voters must choose between Democratic front-runner Howard Dean or a more centrist candidate like himself.
The Massachusetts senator said he would fare better than Dean against President Bush in November.
Ummm. Kerry says he would fare better than Dean against Bush, not that Dean has no chance. But what the heck, headlines don't mean much do they? I find nothing wrong with Kerry saying he thinks he'd do better - what is he supposed to say if he wants to distinguish himself over Dean?
Of course, Kerry did see fit to distort Howard Dean's stances, and that's reprehensible:
"Two roads have diverged in the New Hampshire woods,'' Kerry said in a speech prepared for delivery Saturday in Manchester. "One of them takes us toward retreat from our responsibility in the world, our responsibility to working families, our responsibility to talk straight to the American people -- and our obligation to win their confidence and their votes next November.''
Kerry was critical of Dean for what Kerry called "a soft and vacillating isolationism'' and Dean's desire to roll back all of the Bush tax cuts.
"New Hampshire has a choice ahead,'' Kerry said, "between a candidate who will stand up for the middle class people who built America and who have suffered enough under George Bush, and a candidate who thinks the way to balance our budget is at the expense of families who are struggling to balance theirs.''