September 10th, 2007
02:26 PM ET
15 years ago

Kerry: is 'over the top'

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, criticized Monday for taking an ad out in The New York Times criticizing Gen. David Petraeus. The general is testifying before Congress today about the situation in Iraq. (Related: Dems join GOP in slamming ad attacking Petraeus)

“I don’t like any kind of characterizations in our politics that call into question any active duty, distinguished general,” Kerry told CNN, adding “who I think under any circumstances serves with the best interests of our country.”

Kerry is a decorated Vietnam War veteran who was awarded two Purple Hearts. In his 2004 presidential campaign, Kerry was attacked by the group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, who questioned his service in the war.

Kerry called the ad “over the top” and specifically noted that he did not like the wording in the text.

“I didn’t like the terminology,” he said. “I didn’t like it.”

The ad shows a picture of Petraeus with the words “General Petraeus or General Betray us?”

– CNN’s Ted Barrett and Xuan Thai

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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Justin, Kansas City, MO

    As a liberal democrat, it's very disappointing to see an ad like this. Just when more people are starting to see things our way, MoveOn pulls out its gun and shoots itself - and therefore, Democrats - in the foot.

    Also, can't we come up with smarter ads than this? Aside from its sophomoric shock value, the wordplay on which the ad is based (Petraeus = Betray Us) is just so stupid and unimaginative.

    September 10, 2007 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Sorry if offended your Boston Brahmin sensibilities, Senator, but you were also too timid to attack Bush in your campaign when he needed attacking. End this war now or not.

    September 10, 2007 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. Kerry Hater San Diego, CA.

    I don't understand why the traitor Kerry is upset about it. His fellow Congress critters are calling the good Gen a liar also.

    September 10, 2007 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. Cory, San Diego, CA

    The ONLY ones doing any betraying are MoveOn and other leftists in this country who want to see us lose in Iraq. The Dems have made this bed when they chose to side with those who hate this country, and now they need to lie in it.

    September 10, 2007 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. Rick Vanderhook

    Sorry, JFK, but you and your fellow Dems have pandered to, romanced, and mainstreamed these MoveOn clowns into your sorry party . . . now you're stuck with them. Good luck trying to scrape them off the bottom of your shoe.

    September 10, 2007 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  6. Tom, Anaheim, CA

    Kerry told CNN, adding “who I think under any circumstances serves with the best interests of our country.”

    I say to John Kerry, prove to me that he serves the best interests of our country under any circumstances. I am skeptical that a elite level general military officer does that. Like I said, prove it with details.

    September 10, 2007 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  7. Jay

    I don't care what side of the Iraq issue you are on, MoveOn's characterization of the General is disgusting. It shows their complete lack of class and character. General Petraeus is doing his best to follow the orders of his commander in chief, in a war that Congress approved and has yet to vote to terminate, all the while trying to protect his troops. To call him a traitor is beyond scandalous. I hope he's allowed under military law to sue them. I would.

    September 10, 2007 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  8. M. Shai, Salt Lake City, UT

    Strange, I don't recall this much of an uproar over the Swift Boat ads, directed at another "decorated veteran". In my opinion the grunts deserve more of our respect than their illustrious generals.

    September 10, 2007 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  9. MCD, San Francisco, CA

    Oh, Cory, true to form... if you are against the war then you must be a traitor!!! Do you even KNOW what this country is all about?! Did you fail history?! Also, if I might just point out to you, the MAJORITY of the people in this country want us to leave Iraq!

    September 10, 2007 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  10. Mike, Milwaukee, WI

    So people who want this war to come to a close hate this country? WOW that's breaking news!

    September 10, 2007 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  11. Scott Malensek, Akron, Ohio

    Everyone wants out of Iraq (though for political reasons many will pretend there's a cabal that doesn't), but this MoveOn bit is completely out of line with the 56% of the nation that thinks the war is winnable. Maybe that's why the Democrats' Congress has an approval barely HALF as "high" as W's. They must be doing something terribly wrong to go from the post election high to the lowest recorded approval for Congress in history.

    September 10, 2007 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  12. sadamerica, Portland, Oregon

    the hate spewed in this those comments are sad. we are all americans, and I don't think Sen Kerry hates this country anymore than Sen John Warner R-Virginia who is not in agreement with this war. We should still be able to stand by each other if we disagree, without that there is no democracy. The "R" and "D" next to peoples names didn't use to denote such hatred. NOt all dems are bad and not all gop'rs are bad. Come one people, what happened to the "united" in united states. This country is in a sad state. we are all americans and I think we all love this country, even Duke Cunningham R-California, who embezzeled over a million dollars from this country, he didn't hate america, he jsut got greedy. Sad!!!

    September 10, 2007 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  13. Vinny, NYC, NY

    Although I was never a big fan of Kerry, I didn't like the ads in 2004 attacking Kerry's service in the Navy. I am glad that Kerry was able to see past partisan politics and speak out against the ridiculous moveon ad, as many other democrats have.

    September 10, 2007 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  14. Tom Dedham, Mass

    I also don't think our Vietnam vets liked it much when you said "they raped and pillaged, murdered etc, etc, reminicent of "Ghenghis Khan". Who??

    He has been on vacation for many months and now "Liveshot" is hopping in front of cameras (his only other vices being a gigilo or Kennedy's coat holder) to make it appear that he too like the general was unfairly scapegoated.

    This General by the way was UNANIMOUSLY nominated by Dems and Repubs and was quoted by the "left" when he was speaking the truth when things were going badly, but now he is speaking the truth again that things are a "bit" better and he sucks and is a liar, lapdog or a treasonous betrayer.

    Thank you Moveon for reminding us how bleeped up you people are, how bleeped up any Democrat will be for siding with you and you have been exposed for all to see.

    September 10, 2007 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  15. Bill Eagle, St. Helens Oregon

    Too bad that you don't have the guts that Move on's editors have. They, at least are standing up for America, not corporate interests.

    The only way we will get out of this nasty war, is if we stop mining the country and establish something like the Marshal plan to help Iraqi's, not US Corporations, get their country back on its feet.

    September 10, 2007 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  16. James D. Dopp Palm Coast, FL

    It is so sad to see the people of the US degenerate into name callers and labelers who are unable to engage in mature debate of the issues. I am sure the founding fathers would be proud that people invite fellow Americans to leave the country for disagreeing or label them 'traitors' or 'betrayers' for having a different perspective. Where are the adults?

    September 10, 2007 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  17. Steve, Ithaca, NY

    I find it odd that the NYTimes normally charges over $167,000 for a full-page one-day ad in their publication, yet MoveOn only paid $65,000. (the NYTimes price quote came from their webpage while ABC's website has the amount the NYTimes charged MoveOn.)

    Why does the extreme left fringe group get such a massive discount?

    September 10, 2007 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  18. Amy, FL

    The Dems hate this country, they want us to lose in Iraq...blah blah...When will the republican politicos get another mantra? These are old and only play on the simple minded. God willing the American people will see through it this time around.

    September 10, 2007 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  19. Steven in Charleston, SC

    I have always respected Senator Kerry, even if I didn't always agree with him. But he has greatly dimished himself in my eyes with his recent comments criticizing

    What he, Fred Thompson, the RNC, and everyone else criticizing the ad seem to miss is that MILLIONS of Americans are fighting mad. We truly do feel betrayed - betrayed by our President, betrayed by our Congress, and now it appears that our Military leaders are betraying our fighting force - good, decent men and women who are simply trying to serve their country.

    So yes, we feel betrayed, and we use a mouthpiece such as MoveOn to express our displeasure. And one more key point Sen. Kerry seems to have missed - unlike the Swift Boat Veterans campaign, which was funded by a few shaddowy, wealthy individuals - MoveOn collects small donations from millions of supporters. We feel angry and betrayed, and we are voicing our displeasure, which is our RIGHT as American citizens.

    September 10, 2007 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  20. ToddonCapeCod

    Oh please!
    What is this with the sudden distancing themselves from the moonbats of MoveOn? First Harry Reid, now Kerry.
    Because they know if they don't, it will definitely mean a lost majority and a lost White House next year, so they have to say this.

    September 10, 2007 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  21. ToddonCapeCod

    Kerry's always finding ways of undermining our troops and their leaders, much like he did in 1971

    September 10, 2007 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  22. John, Lynchburg VA

    This country was born out of different ideas and different opinions. The problem exists in Moveon's inability to get their facts straight on a consistent basis. They remind me of Stalin's thought police or Mao's red party without any teeth, just a lot of noise. I think they haven't made a salient point politically in over a year. It's all screeching opinions without any doable solutions from them. Turn on the TV and listen to white noise its just as effective. America needs solutions not more of the same.

    September 11, 2007 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  23. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    You still don't get it Sen. Kerry. All's fair in love and war, and poilitics is war. The republicans cut you apart with their Swift Boat tactics, while you sat there not knowing which way to turn.
    Bush has gotten rid of the generals who had the courage to disagree with the way his has conducted the war in Iraq. If the democrats did not become the majority in congress in the last election we would not even be having these hearings, would we? So don't knock "MoveOn" they're fighting back against the rightwing conservatives who have been beating up on the democrats since Reagan took office.
    "MoveOn" has said no more, and are fighting back. Try it you'll like it.

    September 11, 2007 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  24. Asheville, NC

    It high time to hear powerful groups such as move on to start turning the heat up on this disgrace of a president and his puppet staff. As to Kerry he is nothing..he did not have what it took to win the white house and I am pissed I voted for the moron. As the husband of a fallen solider I say it is time to bring back the troops and get the hell out of Iraq. The blood of my wife and her fellow soldiers is on the hands of every bush puppet white house staff that takes part in this..including this disgrace of a general..he should remove his uniform and not soil it with his disgraceful soul.

    September 11, 2007 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
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