Skip to comments.KERRY ON CSPAN NOW: at vets convention
Posted on 09/01/2004 11:11:37 PM PDT by AFPhys
Now playing today's speech!
Windows media player: http://play.rbn.com/play.asx?url=cspan/cspan/wmlive/cspan1v.asf&proto=mms?mswmext=.asx
American Legion speech.
Well, I'm up a bit late but I don't anticipate the same insomnia I had last night. Still, if I have trouble I guess this would be a good thing to note. :-)
Watch this speech, and imagine, just imagine Kerry having to give a speech like W did right after 9-11 to the fire fighters....
I'm getting sick of this man!!
He's telling what he saw after coming back from Nam,
how can anyone believe this man?!
LOL!!! Me too. blaaaaah. (*Besides, he needs another Botox treatment... one side of his face looks like its melting.)
Press release from the Republican Party of Florida:
What you wont hear from Max Cleland
-Kerry/Edwards campaign surrogate spews rhetoric-
Eustis State Representative Carey Baker (R-Eustis) released the
following statement today regarding Kerry-Edwards surrogate Max
Cleland's speech Friday to Lake County Democrats:
"When Max Cleland speaks to Lake County Democrats this evening, we can
assume that the audience will get plenty of rhetoric and no answers.
You won't hear him talk about John Kerry's record in the U.S. Senate.
You won't hear him talk about Kerry's record of voting to cut defense
and intelligence funding. You won't hear him talk about Kerry's 350
votes for higher taxes. And you won't hear him talk about the
Kerry-Edwards lack of attendance at their Intelligence Committee
"What you will hear are more negative attacks on the President.
Floridians aren't interested in rhetoric from the Kerry-Edwards attack
dogs. We are ready to set the record straight."
THE FACTS ON VETERANS
President Bush's Record:
Annenberg Public Policy Center: Kerry's Claims About Veterans Health
Cuts Are Not True. The University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Center
stated in a FactCheck, "[F]unding for veterans is going up twice as fast
under Bush as it did under Clinton. And the number of veterans getting
health benefits is going up 25% under Bush's budgets. That's hardly a
cut. FactCheck.org twice contacted the Kerry campaign asking how he
justified his claim that the VA budget is being cut, but we've received
no response." (FactCheck.org Website,
http://www.factcheck.org/article.aspx?docid=144, Accessed 2/18/04)
Increased VA Funding. The President's FY 2005 budget proposes to
increase funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs to $68 billion
from the 2001 level of $48 billion. The President's budget requests
$29.5 billion for VA's medical care for next year, more that 40 percent
above the 2001 level. The past four straight VA budget increases have
provided more than a 40 percent increase in VA health care alone since
2001-- enabling a million more patients to receive treatment.
Increased Health Care Service to Veterans. In the past four years,
President Bush's budgets have allowed the VA to enroll 2.5 million more
veterans for health care services, increase outpatient visits from 44
million to 54 million, increase the number of prescriptions filled from
86 million to 108 million and open 194 new community-based clinics
available for veterans. The number of veterans registered for health
benefits increased 18 percent under President Bush and will increase by
almost 26 percent by October 2004. ("Funding For Veterans Up 27%, But
Democrats Call It A Cut," FactCheck.org Website, www.factcheck.org,
Concurrent Receipt Of Benefits. President Bush has twice signed
legislation effectively providing "concurrent receipt" of both military
retired pay and VA disability compensation for combat-injured and
highly-disabled veterans, reversing a century old law preventing
Cutting The Disability Claims Backlog. President Bush promised to reduce
the disability claims backlog, and at his request, Congress has provided
VA with the resources it needs to reduce claims. Claims backlogs have
dropped from a high of 432,000 and are approaching the goal of 250,000
while the volume of claims decisions per month has increased from 40,000
to 68,000. The average length of time to process a veteran's
compensation claim has dropped from approximately 230 days to 160 days
and the VA expects to meet its goal of 100 days this year.
Help For Homeless Veterans. As a result of the President's 2003 budget,
community grants were expanded to all 50 States and Washington, D.C. for
the first time in history, ensuring that homeless veterans have access
to housing, health care and shelter.
Additional Prescription Drug Coverage. Last year, President Bush took
the unprecedented step of allowing veterans waiting for a medical
appointment who already have a prescription from their private
physician, to have those prescriptions filled by the VA. This is saving
veterans hundreds of dollars in drug costs.
VA Expansion. The President is seeking to improve outpatient veteran's
health care services through the CARES improvements, which will result
in the construction of two new medical centers in Orlando, Florida and
Las Vegas, Nevada; over 100 major construction projects to revitalize
and modernize VA medical centers in 37 states; creation of 156 new
community-based outpatient clinics; potential creation of four new - and
expansion of five existing - spinal cord injury centers; and opening up
two new blind rehabilitation centers.
John Kerry's Record:
Kerry Voted Against Last Year's Supplemental Defense Funding, Which
Included Extra $1.3 Billion For Veteran Health Care. Kerry voted against
the fiscal 2004 supplemental package of $86.5 billion for operations in
Iraq and Afghanistan. The Senate version included an additional $1.3
billion for veterans' medical care.
Kerry Skipped Vote That Funded VA With $28.6 Billion For Fiscal 2004,
Including $1 Billion To Expedite Processing Of VA Benefits Claims. Kerry
skipped the vote on Fiscal 2004 Omnibus Appropriations, which included
$28.6 billion for the VA. The amount was an increase of $2.9 billion
over the previous year, and included $1 billion to "expedite claims
processing at the Veterans Benefits Administration." (U.S. House
Committee On Appropriations, "House Passes FY04 Consolidated
Kerry Voted Against McCain Amendment To Require Equal Access To Health
Care For All Veterans. Kerry was one of only 18 Senators to vote against
the measure. (H.R. 3666, CQ Vote #268: Adopted 79-18: R 50-0; D 29-18,
9/4/96, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Voted Against Last Year's Supplemental Defense Funding, Which
Included $1.3 Billion For Veteran Health Care. (S. 1689, CQ Vote #400:
Passed 87-12: R 50-0; D 37-11; I 0-1, 10/17/03, Kerry Voted Nay)
In 2001, Kerry Voted Against Amendment That Would Have Increased Funding
For Veterans' Medical Care By $650 Million. (H.R. 2620, CQ Vote #263:
Motion Rejected 25-75: R 8-41; D 16-34; I 1-0, 8/1/01, Kerry Voted Nay)
In 1999, Kerry Voted To Kill Amendment That Would Have Reallocated $210
Million For Veterans' Medical Benefits And $10 Million For Construction
Of Veterans' Extended Care Facilities. (H.R. 2684, CQ Vote #286: Motion
Agreed To 61-38: R 16-37; D 45-0; I 0-1, 9/22/99, Kerry Voted Yea)
Kerry Skipped Vote That Funded VA With $28.6 Billion For Fiscal 2004.
(H.R. 2673, CQ Vote #3: Adopted 65-28: R 44-4; D 21-23; I 0-1, 1/22/04,
Kerry Did Not Vote; U.S. House Committee On Appropriations, "House
Passes FY04 Consolidated Appropriations," Press Release,
Kerry Missed Two Votes In 2003 That Extended Military Health Coverage To
National Guard, Reservists And Their Families If Called To Active Duty.
(H.R.1588, CQ Vote #447: Adopted 95-3: R 51-0; D 44-2; I 0-1, 11/12/03,
Kerry Did Not Vote; S.1050, CQ Vote #185: Adopted 85-10: R 39-10; D
45-0; I 1-0, 5/20/03, Kerry Did Not Vote)
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Very tepid response by the Vets.
sKerry clearing his throat a couple times.
Polite applause to some of his comments, but nothing very overwhelming.
Very scripted, boilerplate speech.
Wow: is this boring. Now saying that the government shouldn't take money from vets that they "earned"... sounds like the tax on sS benefits sKerry helped pass without any GOP support in '93 or so.
Thanks for this fact sheet.
Ah: now he's going to give us his "honest appraisal" of Iraq.
Even a tepid applause when he compliments our troops on their victory. These vets are waiting for the other shoe to drop. He's slamming the "looting" "borders" "destabilizing" "failure to secure peace" garbage... no response at all from vets... "failed to... etc..."
The vets must be sitting stone facedly, but there is no response at all to this long, ten minute or so section ...
Polite applause only.
He is a colossal bore.
"I would never have gone to war without a plan to win the peace."
Even when he gets applause, it is weak, and must be only a small percentage of the folks responding. It is almost possible to hear all the individuals who are applauding. I've seen a better response from small grade school assemblies.
I just heard that donkey take credit for the idea of a central intelligence director.
Yeah: he is a bore.
Now he is promising to really give us all "health care".
Such a bill would cost a quarter trillion or more per year.
That's what that drone is in my ear...
Hmm... I can hear him taking credit for the G.I. bill...
LOL! Oh wait... I think he finally just credited it... It is hard to keep up with this guy, he's changing feet so fast I'm surprised he didn't fall off of the stage.
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