Kerry to Imus: 'Swiftboat stuff all over again'

David Edwards
Published: Wednesday November 1, 2006

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Calling in to Imus' show on MSNBC, Senator John Kerry said that the controversy over a "botched" joke he made about President Bush is "Swiftboat stuff all over again."

During a campaign rally in Pasadena, California, ahead of the November 7 congressional elections, Kerry was making comments Monday on the importance of education when, according to a spokesman, he misspoke while trying to make fun of Bush (see earlier report by RAW STORY).

"You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq," Kerry said.

Many Republicans have interpreted Kerry's words as being directed at US troops.

"If anyone thinks a veteran would criticize the more than 140,000 heroes serving in Iraq," stated Kerry in a statement released yesterday, "and not the president who got us stuck there, they're crazy."

At a GOP rally in Georgia, President Bush called Kerry's comments "insulting and shameful," and said that the Senator owed the troops an apology.

On Wednesday, Democratic Senate candidate Harold Ford joined Republican Senators like McCain and Hastert in asking Kerry to apologize.

Kerry told Imus that he would only apologize for his "botched" joke.