The White House Web site has posted Vice President Cheney’s speech yesterday at the Reagan library. The speech eloquently reiterates Bush administration foreign policy, reviews its successes, and is full of pointed, hard-hitting stuff:
The President’s conduct in leading America through a time of unprecedented danger – his ability to make decisions and stand by them – is a measure that must be applied to the candidate who now opposes him in the election of 2004.
In one of Senator Kerry’s recent observations about foreign policy, he informed his listeners that his ideas have gained strong support, at least among unnamed foreigners he’s been spending time with. (Laughter.) Senator Kerry said that he has met with foreign leaders, and I quote, “who can’t go out and say this publicly, but boy they look at you and say, ‘You’ve got to win this, you’ve got to beat this guy, we need a new policy,’ things like that.” End quote.
A few days ago in Pennsylvania, a voter asked Senator Kerry directly who these foreign leaders are. Senator Kerry said, “That’s none of your business.” (Laughter.) But it is our business when a candidate for President claims the political endorsement of foreign leaders. At the very least, we have a right to know what he is saying to foreign leaders that makes them so supportive of his candidacy. American voters are the ones charged with determining the outcome of this election – not unnamed foreign leaders. (Applause.)