From the WaPo:
On the eve of a foreign policy debate with President Bush, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said in an interview that his explanation of why he voted in favor of additional funding for the war in Iraq before voting against it was “one of those inarticulate moments” in the campaign.
Bush has criticized Kerry throughout the campaign for the vote, which the president says shows a lack of support for troops in the field. Bush has mocked Kerry for saying, “I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.”
“It was just a very inarticulate way of saying something and I had one of those inarticulate moments,” Kerry said in an interview broadcast Wednesday on “Good Morning America” on ABC. “But it reflects the truth of the position … I thought that the wealthiest people of America should share in that burden. It was a protest.”
Kerry rejected Bush’s assertion that he would prefer that Saddam Hussein still be in power in Iraq and repeated his contention that Bush had misled the nation about the nature of the threat the Iraqi dictator posed.
“We should not have gone to war knowing the information that we know today,” Kerry told ABC. “Knowing there was no imminent threat to America, knowing there were no weapons of mass destruction, knowing there was no connection of Saddam Hussein to al Qaeda, I would not have gone to war. That’s plain and simple.”
I know they will do it, but it will be interesting to see how the Bush/Cheney campaign takes Kerry to task for being “inarticulate.” That’s like being called ugly by an armadillo.