August 13th, 2008
03:34 PM ET
14 years ago

Kerry launches site to fight Obama rumors

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Kerry’s PAC launched the site Wednesday."](CNN) - Four years after finding himself the target of a scathing campaign-year book from a conservative author during his own campaign, former Democratic presidential contender John Kerry is launching a Web site to discredit the writer’s latest work, which takes aim at 2008 presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama.

The move comes amid news “Obama Nation,” the latest book by author Jerome Corsi, has secured a berth atop New York Times best-seller list. Corsi previously co-wrote “Unfit for Command,” a book highly critical of Kerry’s military record during the Vietnam War.

Kerry’s new Web site, “Truth Fights Back” – which will be funded by the Massachusetts senator’s political action committee - resembles the “Fight the Smears” site Obama’s campaign launched earlier this year, and uses similar methods: a list of responses to existing rumors about the presumptive Democratic nominee, a form to report new attacks, and a request for supporters to add their names to an e-mail listserv that will direct activists on rapid response to future attacks on Obama and other Democratic candidates.

“We want people to know that truth, and that doesn't just mean the truth about the candidate being smeared, but also the truth about the smear machine,” says a message on the site. “We don't just want to ‘debunk’ rumors and smears; we want to show people what these smears are all about so they can recognize smears in the future. We want to educate people on why these are used and by whom.”

Kerry has expressed regret over his own response to attacks from Corsi and other critics during his own White House bid, telling reporters that he did not think he had responded swiftly or strongly enough.

"You can't just play defense against smears, pointing out how they aren't true,” said Kerry in a message to supporters Wednesday. “You've got to play offense, too, exposing the whole cynical game for what it is: an attempt to keep us from talking about the real issues and ultimately changing our country for the better.”

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John Kerry
soundoff (263 Responses)
  1. KW

    What a bunch of you people seem to be missing is that just because someone expresses an opinion that is not pro-Obama that does NOT mean they are:

    1. A Republican
    2. A Racist
    3. Launching a smear campaign

    I have HUGE HUGE HUGE questions and concerns about Obama based largely upon my own research and his flip-flopping. He is NOT to be trusted nor is his wife.

    I am a lifelong Democrat who is probably going to change affiliation to Independent because I am disgusted with the DNC and the rabid inability of a number of people to understand that it is our RIGHT and our RESPONSIBILITY to QUESTION ANY CANDIDATE for the office of President. But Obama supporters are so very very threatened by anyone with a differing opinion (they MUST be paid bloggers for the Republicans! – WHAT CRAP!!!!). They quickly disregard any negative concerns as smear campaigns.

    Good plan, folks. Don't you think NOW is the time to ask the questions?????

    August 13, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  2. mike from or

    as an Obama Supporter , I do however give John mcCain tremendous respect for his military service, and his strengh and courage that he showed while a POW. I also give John Kerry respect for serving honorably in Vietnam as well,

    Of course Bush had admiration for the war in Vietnam, and strongly supported sending troops there, as long as he was not the one to go.

    August 13, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  3. Listen Up...

    Thank Goodness somebody is helping Obama fight the good fight. McCain is justifiably on the attack, however HRC and her goons don't seem to realize what team they are on. Just like Mark Penn said, she did not act to shut down the ineffective people in her campaigng, she is still not acting to quiet this noise right now.

    Don't ever go against the family!

    August 13, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  4. Lynn

    One of the biggest mistakes I made was to vote for that ________. I would not had voted for Bush. I should have stayed home.

    August 13, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  5. joe

    gore,kerry,obama.- hope that skirt chaser teddy also opens a website.a bunch of loosers.hillary 2012

    August 13, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  6. John G

    This is what website #3 to "refute the lies" or whatever?

    Methinks they dost protest too much!

    August 13, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  7. RJ, CA

    Just received "The Obama Nation" in the mail - and can't wait to read it.


    August 13, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  8. Bill

    Having Kerry on your side is the "kiss of defeat". I'll give his this: the man does know how to lose.

    August 13, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  9. Bissy, A Nigerian residing in London.

    I have always respected the America people as people who choose their leaders through informed choices but was dissappointed now knowing that some voters during the last presidential election made their choice based on the book written by some non-entity who claim to be an author with an ulterior motive diverting voters attention away from what really matter to them. So much for a country that profess to trife on truth and justice

    August 13, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  10. Oogu

    It was reported in Yahoo news today that, Mccain's senior foreign policy advicer and his partner have received lots of money from Georgia so as to lobby for that country! I am left wondering where's 'straight talk'

    August 13, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  11. John

    People need to understand that mccain was the first to stand up to swift boat veterans and defend kerry. Kerry didnt do the same when this same spew came against mccain in the primary and kerry needs to ashamed that he puts his party and obama first over whats right. Kerry needs to understand that he didnt lose bc of the swift boat ads, nor is obama going to lose because of this book. People are sick of politicians, and in this election cycle obama didnt live up to the word that he is a new kind of a candidate and isnt a politician, but people have soon realized he is more of the same just like kerry and thats why this election is so close, just like it was with bush and kerry.

    August 13, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  12. Elderly Democratic woman

    Can the democratic party just get a backbone please. We are just too nice. Whose going to take the time to read this? Die-hard Obama voters. Let's just fight back.

    August 13, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  13. Paul from Texas

    Bush just flew around Crawford looking for land and a place to land but he is still in the air somewhere we just can't seem to find him. Cheney just made sure he didn't have to go to war but now they are both war hawks. Odd isn't it. At least Kerry went and came back and said the war was wrong and we lost so it must of been wrong. McCain says he knows how to win wars which one not one he was in.

    August 13, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
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