Bloomberg: Kerry Was `Consistent' on Iraq, Wants Troops Home
Bush lacks maturity.
Aug. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, responding to criticism from President George W. Bush that Kerry has changed position on Iraq, told supporters he's been ``consistent'' and suggested Bush lacks ``maturity.''Our 58 year old incumbent President should grow up.
``The Bush folks are trying to say that we've changed positions, this and that,'' Kerry told a rally at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas yesterday. ``I have been consistent all along, ladies and gentlemen. I thought the United States needed to stand up to Saddam Hussein. I voted to stand up to Saddam Hussein.''
At a political rally of Republicans in Pensacola, Florida, yesterday, Bush, 58, said Kerry had introduced a ``new nuance'' in explaining his vote for the war even though Kerry now criticizes Bush's handling of Iraq.
``After months of questioning my motives and even my credibility, Senator Kerry now agrees with me that even though we have not found the stockpile of weapons we all believed were there, knowing everything we know today, he would have voted to go into Iraq and remove Saddam Hussein from power,'' Bush said. ``I want to thank Senator Kerry for clearing that up -- although there are still 84 days left in the campaign.''
Two years after voting for the war in Congress, ``and almost 220 days after switching positions to declare himself the anti-war candidate, my opponent has found a new nuance,'' Bush said of Kerry's position.