Tuesday, June 17, 2003

Q & A with John Kerry, The L.A. Times - June 15, 2003
What are the most important steps the federal government can take to invigorate the economy?

"I want to create jobs now by giving a middle-class tax cut through a payroll-tax holiday that puts money in the pockets of all workers now; by restoring confidence in our economy with fiscal responsibility the way President Clinton did over eight years; by expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit to lift more working-poor families out of poverty; by investing in schools, cities, transportation, housing, rural communities; by investing in the jobs of the future through a plan to declare energy independence and put Americans back to work."

Would you explicitly require that anyone you nominate to the Supreme Court commit to upholding the Roe vs. Wade decision that guaranteed a legal right to abortion?

"I'd appoint Supreme Court justices who agree that the right to privacy - the bedrock of Roe vs. Wade - is a constitutional right. I believe that, after years of Republican court-packing and a Bush administration which has argued the need for "conservative" judicial appointments, it's imperative that we stop ideological efforts to take us backwards Moreover, when I am president of the United States, there will be no John Ashcroft trampling on the Bill of Rights."

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