The Bush campaign is demanding an apology from Sen. John Kerry after the presumptive Democratic nominee called his Republican opponents the “most crooked … lying group of people I’ve ever seen.”
A Kerry spokesman later said the senator wasn’t referring to the president but to those behind what he characterized as a GOP attack “machine.”
But the chairman of the Bush re-election campaign, former Montana Gov. Mark Racicot, isn’t buying it. He says Kerry should apologize.
“Senator Kerry’s statement … was unbecoming of a candidate for the presidency of the United States,” Racicot said.
On Wednesday, Kerry told a gathering of AFL-CIO union leaders that Bush is “the last person left in America who actually believes his failed policies will ever work.”
“We have a president who seems content to see the quality of life in America go backwards, not forwards,” Kerry said. “I’m not. … Americans watch this White House waste their tax dollars in some cases and give those who cut corners and break laws special benefits, while those who do what’s right get the short end of the stick.”