Thought this might interest some of you. It is an exact transcript.
NBC’S TIM RUSSERT: “You said this about Howard Dean, and this is, I think, at the core of your candidacy against Howard Dean. ‘…those who believe we are not safer with [Saddam Hussein’s] capture don’t have the judgment to be President – or the credibility to be elected President.’ As we speak this Sunday morning, Senator, do you believe that Howard Dean does not have the judgment to be president or the credibility to be elected president?” SEN. KERRY: “I think the judgment of a nominee who doesn’t understand that having Saddam Hussein captured will make it extraordinarily difficult to be able to beat an incumbent wartime president who captured Saddam Hussein. And let me tell you why, Tim. Saddam Hussein took us to war once before. In that war, young Americans were killed. He went to war in order to take over the oil fields. It wasn’t just an invasion of Kuwait. He was heading for the oil fields of Saudi Arabia. And that would have had a profound effect on the security of the United States. This is a man who has used weapons of mass destruction, unlike other people on this Earth today, not only against other people but against his own people. This is a man who tried to assassinate a former president of the United States, a man who lobbed 36 missiles into Israel in order to destabilize the Middle East, a man who is so capable of miscalculation that he even brought this war on himself. This is a man who, if he was left uncaptured, would have continued to be able to organize the Ba’athists. He would have continued to terrorize the people, just in their minds, because of 30 years of terror in Iraq.” (NBC’s “Meet The Press,” 1/11/04)
Now Senator Kerry states that he would not have gone after Saddam had he been in power. This bothers me.