John F. Kerry Famous Quotes & Sayings

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100 John F. Kerry Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

John F. Kerry Sayings: America deserves a real discussion about real policy. America deserves a real discussion about real policy.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: I'm going to be honest with you - I don't know a lot about Cuba's I'm going to be honest with you - I don't know a lot about Cuba's healthcare system. Is it a government-run system?
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John F. Kerry Sayings: I think there has been an exaggeration [of the terrorist threat]. I think there has been an exaggeration [of the terrorist threat].
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John F. Kerry Sayings: I'm for ethanol, and I think it's a very important partial ingredient of the overall I'm for ethanol, and I think it's a very important partial ingredient of the overall mix of alternative and renewable fuels we ought to commit to.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: Jesus did not help just the sick who could afford to pay for it. Jesus did not help just the sick who could afford to pay for it.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: I know something about killing. I don't like killing. And I don't think a state I know something about killing. I don't like killing. And I don't think a state honors life by turning around and sanctioning killing. Now, that's just a personal belief that I have.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, others, knew how to lead. They knew how to ask the Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, others, knew how to lead. They knew how to ask the American people for the right things.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: For those of us who are fortunate to share an Irish ancestry, we take great For those of us who are fortunate to share an Irish ancestry, we take great pride in the contributions that Irish-Americans.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: Reduce US military presence in Iraq; and bring in neighbors. Reduce US military presence in Iraq; and bring in neighbors.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: What we have to do is go on the offensive. [The science on climate change] What we have to do is go on the offensive. [The science on climate change] has been maligned and misinterpreted, and we need to fight back ... [P]eople [need to] stop being moved by these talk show [hosts] and start looking for the facts themselves.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: Martin Luther King challenged the conscience of my generation, and his words and his legacy Martin Luther King challenged the conscience of my generation, and his words and his legacy continue to move generations to action today at home and around the world. His love and faith is alive in millions of Americans who volunteer each day in soup kitchens or in schools, or who refused to ignore the suffering of millions they'd never met in far-away places when a tsunami brought unthinkable destruction. His vision and his passion is alive in churches and on campuses when millions stand up against the injustice of discrimination anywhere, or the indifference that leaves too many behind.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: I personally didn't see personal atrocities in the sense I saw somebody cut a head I personally didn't see personal atrocities in the sense I saw somebody cut a head off or something like that. However, I did take part in free-fire zones, I did take part in harassment and interdiction fire, I did take part in search-and-destroy missions.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: I actually did vote for the $87 billion, before I voted against it. I actually did vote for the $87 billion, before I voted against it.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: Remember the hours after September 11th when we came together as one to answer the Remember the hours after September 11th when we came together as one to answer the attack against our homeland. We drew strength when our firefighters ran upstairs and risked their lives so that others might live; when rescuers rushed into smoke and fire at the Pentagon; when the men and women of Flight 93 sacrificed themselves to save our nation's Capitol; when flags were hanging from front porches all across America, and strangers became friends. It was the worst day we have ever seen, but it brought out the best in all of us.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: It's hard to believe that in the greatest democracy in the world, we need legislation It's hard to believe that in the greatest democracy in the world, we need legislation to prevent the government from writing and paying for the news.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: There is no bigger judgment for a president of the United States than how you There is no bigger judgment for a president of the United States than how you take a nation to war.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: Capturing Saddam Hussein and ensuring that this brutal dictator will never return to power is Capturing Saddam Hussein and ensuring that this brutal dictator will never return to power is an important step toward stabilizing Iraq for the Iraqis. Let's also be clear: Our problems in Iraq have not been caused by one man, and this is a moment when the administration can and must launch a major effort to gain international support and win the peace.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: And now that the Greatest Generation is getting older, I think it is the responsibility And now that the Greatest Generation is getting older, I think it is the responsibility of all Americans to make sure we do our part for America's seniors. You have earned the best of America
and we need to make sure you get the protection and health care you deserve.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: The best way to begin genuine bipartisanship to make America stronger is to work together The best way to begin genuine bipartisanship to make America stronger is to work together on the real crises facing our country, not to manufacture an artificial crisis to serve a special interest agenda out of touch with the needs of Americans.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: Gender based violence anywhere is a threat to peace and security everywhere. Gender based violence anywhere is a threat to peace and security everywhere.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do 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.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: Where are they now that we, the men whom they sent off to war, have Where are they now that we, the men whom they sent off to war, have returned? These are commanders who have deserted their troops, and there is no more serious crime in the law of war. The Army says they never leave their wounded. The Marines say they never leave even their dead. These men have left all the casualties and retreated behind a pious shield of public rectitude. They have left the real stuff of their reputation bleaching behind them in the sun in this country.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: Those who doubted whether Iraq or the world would be better off without Saddam Hussein, Those who doubted whether Iraq or the world would be better off without Saddam Hussein, and those who believe today that we are not safer with his capture, don't have the judgment to be President, or the credibility to be elected President. No one can doubt or should doubt that we are safer - and Iraq is better - because Saddam Hussein is now behind bars.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: It's one thing to be certain, but you can be certain and you can be It's one thing to be certain, but you can be certain and you can be wrong.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: I can tell you, Massachusetts, fastest growing sector of our economy is clean energy and I can tell you, Massachusetts, fastest growing sector of our economy is clean energy and energy efficiency companies. And they're growing faster than any other sector.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: Unlike George Bush and his friends at the big oil companies, I'm going to work Unlike George Bush and his friends at the big oil companies, I'm going to work for a real energy policy for this country that decreases America's dependence on foreign oil and helps lower the costs to American families.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: We need a new approach to national security We need a new approach to national security
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John F. Kerry Sayings: Our cause in the war on terror isn't helped when we have army officers like Our cause in the war on terror isn't helped when we have army officers like Lieutenant General William Boykin speaking in evangelical churches and claiming this as some sort of battle for the Christian religion. That's wrong. That's un-American.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: NAFTA recognizes the reality of today's economy - globalization and technology. Our future is not NAFTA recognizes the reality of today's economy - globalization and technology. Our future is not in competing at the low-level wage job; it is in creating high-wage, new technology jobs based on our skills and our productivity.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: I think the question of abortion is one that should be left for the states I think the question of abortion is one that should be left for the states to decide.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: Today, if you're an American business, you actually get a benefit for going overseas. You Today, if you're an American business, you actually get a benefit for going overseas. You get to defer your taxes. So if you're looking at a competitive world, you say to yourself, "Hey, I do better overseas than I do here in America."
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John F. Kerry Sayings: I'm against the partial-birth abortion, but you've got to have an exception for the life I'm against the partial-birth abortion, but you've got to have an exception for the life of the mother and the health of the mother under the strictest test of bodily injury to the mother.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: There is a much cheaper way, less complicated way to bring Iraq and Saddam Hussein There is a much cheaper way, less complicated way to bring Iraq and Saddam Hussein to its knees: it is simply to send the Bush economic team over there and let them run the country.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: I believe America is safest and strongest when we are leading the world and we I believe America is safest and strongest when we are leading the world and we are leading strong alliances.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: Regime change has been an American policy under the Clinton administration, and it is the Regime change has been an American policy under the Clinton administration, and it is the current policy. I support the policy. But regime change in and of itself is not sufficient justification for going to war
particularly unilaterally
unless regime change is the only way to disarm Iraq of the weapons of mass destruction pursuant to the United Nations resolution.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: We were sent to Vietnam to kill Communism. But we found instead that we were We were sent to Vietnam to kill Communism. But we found instead that we were killing women and children.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: This fight against drilling in the Arctic Refuge is a fight about our principles. Its This fight against drilling in the Arctic Refuge is a fight about our principles. Its about standing up for our environment, our families and our future, and I wont give up this fight.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: I saw how different life was on different sides of the same city. I saw I saw how different life was on different sides of the same city. I saw the fear in the eyes of people who were not free. I saw the gratitude of people toward the United States for all that we had done. I felt goosebumps as I got off a military train and heard the Army band strike up 'Stars and Stripes Forever.'
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John F. Kerry Sayings: We cannot fight communism all over the world, and I think we should have learned We cannot fight communism all over the world, and I think we should have learned that lesson by now.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: We must recognize that there is no indication that Saddam Hussein has any intention of We must recognize that there is no indication that Saddam Hussein has any intention of relenting. So we have an obligation of enormous consequence, an obligation to guarantee that Saddam Hussein cannot ignore the United Nations. He cannot be permitted to go unobserved and unimpeded toward his horrific objective of amassing a stockpile of weapons of mass destruction.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: I mean does Israel want a third Intifada? I mean does Israel want a third Intifada?
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John F. Kerry Sayings: The American spirit wears no political label. In service to others and yes, in sacrifice The American spirit wears no political label. In service to others and yes, in sacrifice for our country, there are no Republicans; there are no Democrats; there are only Americans.
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John F. Kerry Sayings: Iraq may not be the war on terror itself, but it is critical to the Iraq may not be the war on terror itself, but it is critical to the outcome of the war on terror, and therefore any advance in Iraq is an advance forward in that ...
John F. Kerry Sayings: You'd be amazed at the number of people who want to introduce themselves to you You'd be amazed at the number of people who want to introduce themselves to you in the men's room. It's the most bizarre part of this entire thing.
John F. Kerry Sayings: George Bush's vision does not live up to the America I enlisted in the Navy George Bush's vision does not live up to the America I enlisted in the Navy to defend, the America I have fought for in the Senate, and the America that I hope to lead as president.
John F. Kerry Sayings: I believe America's best days are ahead of us because I believe that the future I believe America's best days are ahead of us because I believe that the future belongs to freedom, not to fear.
John F. Kerry Sayings: America now stands as the world's foremost power. We should be proud: Not since the America now stands as the world's foremost power. We should be proud: Not since the age of the Romans have one people achieved such preeminence. But we are not Romans; we do not seek an empire. We are Americans, trustees of a vision and a heritage that commit us to the values of democracy and the universal cause of human rights.
John F. Kerry Sayings: You might not see climate change as an immediate threat to your job, your community, You might not see climate change as an immediate threat to your job, your community, or your families," Kerry said. "But let me tell you, it is." He continued, "climate change is directly related to the potential of greater conflict and greater instability. I'm telling you that there are people in parts of the world - in Africa today, they fight each other over water. They kill each over it. And if glaciers are melting and there's less water available and more people, that is a challenge we have to face.
John F. Kerry Sayings: If you don't believe ... Saddam Hussein is a threat with nuclear weapons, then you If you don't believe ... Saddam Hussein is a threat with nuclear weapons, then you shouldn't vote for me.
John F. Kerry Sayings: If we can't have a serious conversation without politicizing it on cable TV and making If we can't have a serious conversation without politicizing it on cable TV and making it a scoring point for one day, we're in trouble.
John F. Kerry Sayings: Unlike Washington, which is stuck in ideological gridlock, Americans feel the impact of climate change Unlike Washington, which is stuck in ideological gridlock, Americans feel the impact of climate change in their own hometowns and they know something must be done.
John F. Kerry Sayings: In case after case, President Bush's actions have made American women less safe and less In case after case, President Bush's actions have made American women less safe and less secure
on the job and on the streets. As president, I will put American government and our legal system back on the side of women. I will stand up for their security, ensure their safety, support their rights, and guarantee their dignity. This nation can do no less.
John F. Kerry Sayings: It is the duty of any president, in the final analysis, to defend this nation It is the duty of any president, in the final analysis, to defend this nation and dispel the security threat. Saddam Hussein has brought military action upon himself by refusing for 12 years to comply with the mandates of the United Nations. The brave and capable men and women of our armed forces and those who are with us will quickly, I know, remove him once and for all as a threat to his neighbors, to the world, and to his own people, and I support their doing so.
John F. Kerry Sayings: We are all proud of is World War II where we went in, we were We are all proud of is World War II where we went in, we were decisive, we came to the conclusion that freedom prevailed, and we were heroes.
John F. Kerry Sayings: As I have said for two years now, when Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda were As I have said for two years now, when Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda were cornered in the mountains of Tora Bora, it was wrong to outsource the job of capturing them to Afghan warlords who a week earlier were fighting against us.
John F. Kerry Sayings: The Reagan Administration has no rational plan for our military. Instead, it acts on misinformed The Reagan Administration has no rational plan for our military. Instead, it acts on misinformed assumptions about the strength of the Soviet military and a presumed 'window of vulnerability,' which we now know not to exist.
John F. Kerry Sayings: How do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam? How do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam? How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?
John F. Kerry Sayings: Think about this: terrorism, epidemics, poverty, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction-all challenges that Think about this: terrorism, epidemics, poverty, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction-all challenges that know no borders-the reality is that climate change ranks right up there with every single one of them.
John F. Kerry Sayings: In the middle of the cavernous cargo hold was a simple, aluminum coffin with a In the middle of the cavernous cargo hold was a simple, aluminum coffin with a small American flag draped over it. We were bringing another American soldier, just killed, home to his family and final resting place. The starkness of his coffin in the center of the hold, the silence except for the din of the engines, was a real time cold reminder of the consequences of decisions for which we Senators share responsibility.
John F. Kerry Sayings: Bush-McCain stategy in Iraq is policy to stay, not to win. Bush-McCain stategy in Iraq is policy to stay, not to win.
John F. Kerry Sayings: The big hang-up was George Bush wanted to get life lines, you know, so he The big hang-up was George Bush wanted to get life lines, you know, so he could call somebody.
John F. Kerry Sayings: We need to put our faith and trust in the people on the frontlines and We need to put our faith and trust in the people on the frontlines
and back it up with real resources. We need to make sure first defenders have the gear and support they need, and the benefits and protections they've earned. With new technology and ingenuity, by doing more to sustain our first defenders and calling on Americans to do more for their country, we can make our country stronger, safer, and more secure.
John F. Kerry Sayings: I am a veteran, I fought in a war. I've been a prosecutor. I've sent I am a veteran, I fought in a war. I've been a prosecutor. I've sent people to jail for the rest of their life.
John F. Kerry Sayings: Climate change is real. The science is compelling. And the longer we wait, the harder Climate change is real. The science is compelling. And the longer we wait, the harder the problem will be to solve.
John F. Kerry Sayings: As the saying goes, I have big heels to fill. As the saying goes, I have big heels to fill.
John F. Kerry Sayings: The Ukrainian people should not be coerced. Make no mistake: the US stands together with The Ukrainian people should not be coerced. Make no mistake: the US stands together with the Ukrainians aspiring for democracy.
John F. Kerry Sayings: The problem with the American health-care system that it is not working for the American The problem with the American health-care system that it is not working for the American family.
John F. Kerry Sayings: We cannot continue to see the Middle East in the context of 9/11. We must We cannot continue to see the Middle East in the context of 9/11. We must see it in the context of 2011.
John F. Kerry Sayings: I love to play guitar and hack around. I was in a band when I I love to play guitar and hack around. I was in a band when I was in high school. I never learned to play very well, but I enjoyed it.
John F. Kerry Sayings: We will not be derailed by criminal anarchists who legitimately claim a religious cause. We will not be derailed by criminal anarchists who legitimately claim a religious cause.
John F. Kerry Sayings: And it is time for those who talk about family values to start valuing families. And it is time for those who talk about family values to start valuing families.
John F. Kerry Sayings: It's the [George Bush] president's fiscal policies that have driven up the biggest deficits in It's the [George Bush] president's fiscal policies that have driven up the biggest deficits in American history. He's added more debt to the debt of the United States in four years than all the way from George Washington to Ronald Reagan put together.
John F. Kerry Sayings: This is deeply disturbing. Congress provided loans to help businesses hurt by the Sept. 11 This is deeply disturbing. Congress provided loans to help businesses hurt by the Sept. 11 attacks, not to be used as an accounting gimmick to cover up this administration's failure to provide for small businesses.
John F. Kerry Sayings: We do not need to divide America over who served and how. I have personally We do not need to divide America over who served and how. I have personally always believed that many served in many different ways. Someone who was deeply against the war in 1969 or 1970 may well have served their country with equal passion and patriotism by opposing the war as by fighting in it.
John F. Kerry Sayings: I'm not insensitive to the jobs. I'm desperately concerned about those jobs. But you don't I'm not insensitive to the jobs. I'm desperately concerned about those jobs. But you don't fix them by pandering to people and telling them you're going to shut the door. You have to grow jobs.
John F. Kerry Sayings: I refuse to stand by while our democracy is trampled by politicians more concerned about I refuse to stand by while our democracy is trampled by politicians more concerned about amassing power than helping the people who sent them to Washington in the first place.
John F. Kerry Sayings: It's very hard to get other countries to give up their weapons when you're busy It's very hard to get other countries to give up their weapons when you're busy developing a new one.
John F. Kerry Sayings: Under this [Bush] Administration, America's middle class has been abandoned its dreams denied, its Main Under this [Bush] Administration, America's middle class has been abandoned
its dreams denied, its Main Street interests ignored and its mainstream values scorned by a White House that puts privilege first.
John F. Kerry Sayings: We owe our troops the opportunity to serve in the best-planned, best-equipped, and best-led military We owe our troops the opportunity to serve in the best-planned, best-equipped, and best-led military force in the world, and we owe them the peace of mind that comes from knowing that they and their families will be taken care of if they sacrifice life, limb or the ability to sleep without war's nightmares. We owe them not just thanks and best wishes, but action, and action in our nation's capital.
John F. Kerry Sayings: We have to recognize that there is a strong, fresh wind blowing, powered by these We have to recognize that there is a strong, fresh wind blowing, powered by these new information technologies. It will be increasingly difficult for dictators to impose their will through sheer brutality.
John F. Kerry Sayings: Those who try to stifle the vibrancy of our democracy and shield policies from scrutiny Those who try to stifle the vibrancy of our democracy and shield policies from scrutiny behind a false cloak of patriotism miss the real value of what our troops defend and how we best defend our troops. We will ask questions and we will defend our democracy.
John F. Kerry Sayings: Glossed over the disastrous war and its multibillion-dollar price tag and implied again that our Glossed over the disastrous war and its multibillion-dollar price tag and implied again that our presence in Iraq is somehow improving the situation in that chaotic and turbulent country. The Congress must stand up against Bush's plan to escalate the war.
John F. Kerry Sayings: I can't take my Catholic belief, my article of faith, and legislate it on a I can't take my Catholic belief, my article of faith, and legislate it on a Protestant or a Jew or an Atheist. We have separation of church and state in the United States of America.
John F. Kerry Sayings: Governor Dean has no policy on Iraq evidently, except 'no.' 'No' is not a policy. Governor Dean has no policy on Iraq evidently, except 'no.' 'No' is not a policy.
John F. Kerry Sayings: If you think I would have gone to war the way George Bush did, don't If you think I would have gone to war the way George Bush did, don't vote for me.
John F. Kerry Sayings: Patriots don't go to Russia. They don't seek asylum in Cuba. They don't seek asylum Patriots don't go to Russia. They don't seek asylum in Cuba. They don't seek asylum in Venezuela. They fight their cause here. Edward Snowden is a coward. He is a traitor. And he has betrayed his country. And if he wants to come home tomorrow to face the music, he can do so.
John F. Kerry Sayings: Thank you very much for contacting me to express your support for the actions of Thank you very much for contacting me to express your support for the actions of President Bush in response to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. From the outset of the invasion, I have strongly and unequivocally supported President Bush's response to the crisis and the policy goals he has established with our military deployment in the Persian Gulf.
John F. Kerry Sayings: The hope is there. The sun is rising. Our best days are yet to come. The hope is there. The sun is rising. Our best days are yet to come.
John F. Kerry Sayings: President Clinton was often known as the first black president. I wouldn't be upset if President Clinton was often known as the first black president. I wouldn't be upset if I could earn the right to be the second.
John F. Kerry Sayings: From the moment I take office, I will stand up to the special interests and From the moment I take office, I will stand up to the special interests and stand with hardworking families so that we can give America back its future and its ideals.
John F. Kerry Sayings: Republican secretaries of state from Kissinger to Baker, Powell to Rice, President Bush, 71 United Republican secretaries of state from Kissinger to Baker, Powell to Rice, President Bush, 71 United States Senators all supported President Obama's new START treaty, but not Mitt Romney.
John F. Kerry Sayings: I'm proud of my medals. I always was proud of them. I'm proud of my medals. I always was proud of them.
John F. Kerry Sayings: Our purpose now is to reclaim democracy itself. We are here to affirm that when Our purpose now is to reclaim democracy itself. We are here to affirm that when Americans stand up and speak their minds and say America can do better, that is not a challenge to patriotism; it is the heart and soul of patriotism.
John F. Kerry Sayings: I don't think losing 3 million jobs, having deficits as far as the eye can I don't think losing 3 million jobs, having deficits as far as the eye can go, having 2 million people lose their health insurance, turning your back on kids in schools and not funding No Child Left Behind represents a vision.
John F. Kerry Sayings: If America is at war, I won't speak a word without measuring how it'll sound If America is at war, I won't speak a word without measuring how it'll sound to the guys doing the fighting when they're listening to their radios in the desert.
John F. Kerry Sayings: I would rather be the candidate of the NAACP than the NRA. I would rather be the candidate of the NAACP than the NRA.
John F. Kerry Sayings: Too many people in America believe that if you are pro-choice that means pro-abortion. It Too many people in America believe that if you are pro-choice that means pro-abortion. It doesn't. I don't want abortion. Abortion should be the rarest thing in the world. I am actually personally opposed to abortion. But I don't believe that I have a right to take what is an article of faith to me and legislate it to other people. That's not how it works in America.
John F. Kerry Sayings: We don't differ with the government on the demands [on Iran], but we totally reject We don't differ with the government on the demands [on Iran], but we totally reject how Bibi is handling it. Bibi sacrificed good relations with the U.S. to keep the status quo on the Palestinians. He poked the [Obama] Administration in the eye on settlements just to appease right-wingers
John F. Kerry Sayings: I know that our country is strongest when we lead the world, when we lead I know that our country is strongest when we lead the world, when we lead strong alliances. And that's the way Eisenhower and Reagan and Kennedy and others did it.
John F. Kerry Sayings: In a few years, you should be able to plug your American-made plug-in hybrid into In a few years, you should be able to plug your American-made plug-in hybrid into the outlet in your garage, so that you never use a drop of gas on your daily commute. This won't happen overnight, but I promise you, it is closer than you think.