John Kerry is trying to back off his comment, in a campaign speech in New Hampshire, that ”What we need now is not just regime change in Saddam Hussein and Iraq, but we need a regime change in the United States.” Kerry now says that it was intended as a “quip” or “lighthearted remark.” And, of course, he reminds us of his military service: ”When I fought in Vietnam and fought for my country, I didn’t give up my right to make quips and to participate in the debate.”
Kerry must have taken a lot of heat for his call for “regime change.” All I can say is, I saw a tape of the speech, and it wasn’t a quip–it was an applause line.
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