Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Kerry Slams 'Saudi-George Bush' Gas Tax

By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer

PORTLAND, Ore. - Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry said Tuesday that drivers are paying a "Saudi-George Bush gasoline tax" because the president hasn't pressured oil-producing nations to increase their output.

Kerry, speaking the day after President Bush sought to rally international support in Iraq, also said he has "a level of trust" with world leaders that would allow him to repair relationships he says Bush has damaged with his foreign policy.

"I believe it will take a new president of the United States to clear the air, to re-establish American credibility in the world and to be able to reach out to leaders, not just in the Middle East, but all over the world," the Massachusetts senator said. "Now, I think that what you want to acknowledge or how you approach it is a matter of private diplomacy."



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