Kerry Speech Liveblogging
He's supposed to rip into McCain, so let's see how it pans out. Debra told me that, when he ran into Kerry along with Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, he said to her, "where were you in 2004?"
The Bush/McCain Freudian slip was kind of funny, in a "Kerry can't give a great speech" kind of way.
This is definitely a red meat speech. He said that Bush misled us into war, that Obama and Biden would shut down Gitmo, respect the Constitution, and never, ever torture. He started slow but he's got some passion tonight.
"Every day now I learn something new about candidate McCain. To those who still believe in the myth of a maverick... look at candidate McCain and Senator McCain."
This is good. "Talk about being for it before you're against it."
"Before debating Obama, he should debate himself."
Explicitly calls out the Rove-McCain tactics... mentioned how McCain said "next stop, Baghdad" after 9/11.
"Who can we trust to keep America safe? Barack Obama!"
Now he's headed into how the Bush foreign policy is now finally coming around to Obama's position time and again.... this is a magnificent speech. "McCain-Bush Republicans have been wrong again and again... they can't win on the issues so they go into the gutter."
Great stuff. I don't know if TV is even showing this, but Kerry just introduced Obama's gerat-uncle, Charlie Payne, the WWII vet who helped liberate Europe. The room is really liking this speech.
"You don't decide who loves this country, you don't decide who's a patriot... that flag doesn't belong to any ideology or party, it belongs to all of us."
Well, that was a SPEECH.