Cheney: Kerry Took Poll on Bin Laden Tape

Cheney: Kerry Took Poll on Bin Laden Tape (AP)

Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday that Sen. John Kerry’s first response to Osama bin Laden’s new videotape was to take a poll to find out what he should say about it. A spokesman for Kerry’s campaign did not deny polling on the bin Laden videotape, but suggested President Bushhas done so. Bush’s campaign strategist denied asking any poll questions about the al-Qaida terrorist.

“The thing that I find amazing about it is that John Kerry’s first response was to go conduct a poll,” Cheney told supporters in Fort Dodge, Iowa. “He went into the field … to find out what he should say about this tape of Osama bin Laden.” “It’s as though he doesn’t know what he believes until he has to go and check the polls, his finger in the air, to see which way the wind is blowing and then he’ll make a decision,” said the vice president, who offered no evidence to back up his claim. “George Bush doesn’t need a poll to know what he believes, especially about Osama bin Laden.”

The race in a nutshell.

FILED UNDER: Campaign 2004, Terrorism
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Comments

  1. Boyd says:

    “…said the vice president, who offered no evidence to back up his claim.”

    I guess Kerry doesn’t have to substantiate his claims, because everyone knows that everything he says must be true.

  2. Anjin-San says:

    Ummmm yea, and the bush admin did not even think of spinning bin laden’s tape to help them.

    Anyone seen the Easter Bunny?