Tell the World: Bush Distorted The Truth
Just as the Republicans keep repeating their false claim that Kerry flip-flops, Kerry and our surrogates need to keep repeating the fact that George Bush is distorting the truth. To some degree this could sound like whining, such as Bob Dole's request to quite lying about his record. However, since distortions of the truth are the basis of Bush's campaign this is unavoidable. The voters must also be made to realize that all the stories they are hearing about John Kerry are simply not true. Without hearing denials, many are accepting the lies as fact.
Kerry needs to keep hammering Bush for distorting the truth--and then give the truth. Perhaps a better phrase than distorting the truth can be substituted, but however it is phrased I'd repeat this over and over. Here are just a handful of examples where this can be done.
As John Kerry said today, George Bush is distorting the truth about the situation in Iraq, and then he told what is really going on.
George Bush distorted the truth for his reasons for going into Iraq--there was no WMD and we were not at an imminent risk. Going to war unnecessarily diverted funds Kerry would have used for both the real war on terrorism and for solving our problems at home.
George Bush distorted the truth about Kerry's vote on authorizing force in Iraq. Kerry voted to authorize force as a last resort so that George Bush could go back to the UN and force Saddam to allow the inspectors back in. Once the inspectors were back, there was no longer a need to invade as Bush did. John Kerry thought George Bush needed to carry a big stick, but didn't think he was so foolish to use it when no longer needed. Before the vote, George Bush himself stated that "approving this resolution does not mean that military action is imminent or unavoidable." It means that "America speaks with one voice."
George Bush distorted the truth on John Kerry's vote for the $87 billion dollars for the Iraq war. This was a dispute over how the money would be funded, not a disagreement over supporting the troops. Kerry approved of the $87 billion initially, but voted against the appropriation when the manner of funding it changed. George Bush threatened to veto this same bill if the manner of funding it changed--would this mean he did not support the troops? Point out that John Kerry supports the troops, but George Bush is the one who has been cutting their benefits.
George Bush distorted the truth when he said John Kerry's health care program would be a government take over. Kerry's plan gives tax benefits to business--something George Bush usually backs. There is no new government bureaucracy in Kerry's plan.
George Bush distorted the truth when he says his plan will put doctors and nurses in charge of medical decisions instead of people in government. It is George Bush who is interfering with stem cell research which could provide cures for problems such as Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, and diabetes It is George Bush who has tried to force seniors into Medicare HMO's where they (and their doctors) would have their decisions second guessed by HMO employees. Having medical decisions made by HMO's is no better than having decisions made by government. John Kerry opposes both.
You get the idea. Combine the point that Bush is distorting the truth with Kerry's actual beliefs.