Excerpt from yesterday's Meet the Press...which I actually heard on Err America radio driving home from the Jets game:
Meet the Press TranscriptMR. RUSSERT: Here's the confusion, I think, that exists in some Democrats' minds about Senator Kerry's position. This is what he said Wednesday about the cost of the war. Let's watch:
(Videotape from Wednesday, 9/9):
SEN. KERRY: I would not have made the wrong choices that are now forcing us to pay nearly the entire cost of this war; $200 billion that we're not investing in education and health care, job creation here at home; $200 billion for going it alone in Iraq. That's the wrong choice. That's the wrong direction and that's the wrong leadership for America.
MR. RUSSERT: Now last August on this program, six months into the war, I asked Senator Kerry about how much we should invest in Iraq and here's that exchange:
(Videotape, August 31, 2003):
MR. RUSSERT: Do you belive that we should reduce funding that we are now providing for the operation in Iraq?
SEN. KERRY: No. I think we should increase it.
MR. RUSSERT: Increase funding?
SEN. KERRY: Yes.
MR. RUSSERT: By how much?
SEN. KERRY: By whatever number of billions of dollars it takes to win. It is critical that the United States of America be successful in Iraq, Tim.