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. Florida and Working

    The truth does not hurt. Only those who spin lies to cover the truth.

    Senator Kerry was a traitor to the true veterans who honestly entered battle.

    Kerry, like most Democrats are unable/unwilling to deal with the truth. Look at the mess Reid and Pelosi have made of the legislative branch. I am no fan of Bush or the prior majority in the legislature, however, given the performance of the Democrats and Obama this election is an easy choice: McCain!

    August 13, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. leslie

    Okay, Senator Kerry. Keep up the good work. Thanks for taking the People of the United States of America seriously; and please do not sugar coat anything. Let us know the truth. We're ready.

    August 13, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Rob indetroit

    If they're is anyone who knows Oprah winfrey,let her know that i have a idea for a new show, called where are they at ,it's about john MCcrazy's first wife and children, how do they feel about being replaced by a young rich woman,did i mention he left his first wife and children.

    August 13, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. Nunya

    Lying and smearing are part and parcel of the values that the Christian right promotes these days. It's repulsive. I'm so glad that there are Christians of other opinions to show that it's not necessary to be so wacko simply because you happen to be Christian.

    August 13, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. steve

    the title of this ticker should be "kerry fights to stay relevant"
    too bad it's a losing battle...

    i love how many posters here get so worked up about their paris hilton nobama candidate. what "smears" have been spread about nobama? the media drools and gushes over what he eats for lunch for god's sake. and we all know that if anyone were to criticize his socialist policies or his severe lack of experience or substance, they'd just be labeled a racist by the obamaniacs.
    i think the "smear" issue is just a strawman the dems created to rally around and have some windmills to go fight, like don quixote

    August 13, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  6. Vig

    John Kerry turned out to be a loser. He can debunk whatever – the fact remains Obama is a wannabe – he's full of himself, lacks experience, benefited from the celebrity aura, the gender bashing of Clinton by the media, promoted by people like Ms. Winfrey only because he's Black – not because he's competent, knows what he's talking about or really even cares. That will be the day I vote for someone based on their skin color.

    August 13, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. bhogan

    "What a joke………..still won't get ya VP Mr. Swift Boat………………….crawl back in your cave"

    Yeah thanks for playing...

    Seems like part of the problem is that folks WANT these things to be 'em an excuse...

    August 13, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. Viet Vet

    Maybe you can tell us Frank, I'm sure you were on his boat . Were you the medic? Did you have the opportunity to get wounded? Did you save a comrad that would have surely drowned? Let's hear your story Frank.

    Let Frank read this CNN!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 13, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. H

    GET LOST KERRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 13, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  10. M.L.C.

    The Republicans are dire straits, to support a low life like Corsi. I wonder how many skeletons he has in his closet? It may have work once, people are alot more smarter to believe this tripe. After Obama wins this Noverber,Mr. Corsi can crawl back into the sewer where he belongs. Its just a matter of time...

    August 13, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. Johnny Dare

    perhaps maybe the smears and lies are actually warnings and truths...
    and suppose we were talking about Al Gore whose pulitzer winning article is refused publication in Europe due to too many untrue "facts"
    or how about Michael Moore's short films that the media refuses to show the untruths in?
    so why is this particular author being persecuted? because he's against a democrat?
    maybe it's because its ok for democrats to make up lies and point fingers, but when a republican exposes the truth in their lives they get upset, go figure
    and they call republicans hypocrites...

    August 13, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  12. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Kerry should show herosim and come out with the real reasons McCain and him sealed all the records on POW's.
    Did they both have something that needed hiding?
    McCain doesn't BRAG about this 'bipartisan' action. It was a conflict of interest for 2 senators, who have been accused of supplying information, to run a committee whereby they may have had an interest in archiving information.
    wikipedia >>>
    As a member of the 1991–1993 Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, chaired by Democrat and fellow Vietnam War veteran John Kerry, McCain investigated the fate of U.S. service personnel listed as missing in action during the Vietnam War.[91] The committee's unanimous report stated there was "no compelling evidence that proves that any American remains alive in captivity in Southeast Asia."[92] Helped by McCain's efforts, in 1995 the U.S. normalized diplomatic relations with Vietnam.[93] McCain was vilified by some POW/MIA activists who, unlike the Arizona senator, believed large numbers of Americans were still held against their will in Southeast Asia.[93][94][95]

    August 13, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  13. Danh

    The GOP is only good at swearing tactics, oops, another is to bankrupt us.

    August 13, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. L

    The Obama Nation book has come at just the right time. the people who are still on the fence need to understand just what Obama is about.

    I am all for a black president, just never ever Barack obama. I have zero respect for him and he has come to be a politician through very questionable routes.

    Also, for those that think an Obama win is in the bag just go and check out the polls. half of America in the polls think McCain will be the winner this year, and i'm one of them.

    August 13, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. mello doug New Mexico

    What is with these republicans? They lie, cheat, lie again, take money under the table, use any means available to beat down an opponent. Yes, there are democrats who do the same but this last eight years of scandal and swift boating is just the pits. And it is all about greed when there are people starving and homeless. Honest publishing houses should not even allow writers like Corsi to be published.

    August 13, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. Jordan - San Marcos TX

    Good move by Kerry. The Obama campaign has tried this but this will focus the effort to kill these lies. The GOP won on lies in 2004, but they won't do it again.

    August 13, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  17. ERIN of Davis CA

    they can"t win on issues,so they lie.Good for you John Kerry,keep up the good work!-Obama 2008!!

    August 13, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. souza

    Trying to keep people from knowing "Who is Barak Obama". It takes apart Obama's first book where he paints a very different picture of his father than what the truth is. Obama claims that John F. Kennedy while in office had his father flown to the United States to attend the University of Hawaii. That is a LIE. His father was flown out in the first group BEFORE John F. Kennedy was in office. In 1959 the Airlift took place and Mboya arranged for the Senior Obama to be a part of that group.
    His father married three women and never divorced any of them and Obama has 7 half brothers and sisters as a result.
    Obama paints the picture according to what he wants us to think about where his roots came from.

    August 13, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  19. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    These aren't rumors.

    The sites may be truth stretchers however so be careful of Kerry and Obama sites.

    Obama is green like the corn in the fields. Not ready for prime time.

    August 13, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  20. Walt, Belton,TX

    To use a liar like Kerry proves that all those "lies" must be true!

    August 13, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  21. chris

    Hey, did you hear ..... McCain campaign hired an inbred neocon to shoot the head of teh Democratic HQ in Arkansas?

    August 13, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  22. cathy

    good for kerry – this same author put out a anti-mcCain book as well – he's just doing it for the money and noteriety

    August 13, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  23. Terry

    Thank you, Senator Kerry! We won't get fooled again!

    August 13, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  24. bob in LA

    If the statements make in th ebook are false, then in thiscase they are also liabless, so why have neither Kerry nor Obama filed suit against this man?
    I am not saying I believe the accusations, but why is the man allowed to get away with these things?

    August 13, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  25. ginger

    Whatever it takes.

    Stop the Lies, Stop the Hate, Vote Obama 08

    August 13, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
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