Bush campaign pounces on Kerry remark

Oct. 11, 2004 at 9:01 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- President George Bush's campaign will focus on and ridicule challenger Sen. John Kerry's remark that terrorists are a nuisance, CNN reported Monday.

Bush campaign Chairman Marc Racicot in an appearance on CNN's "Late Edition," referred to a quote from a lengthy New York Times Magazine article where Kerry said he hoped the country could "get back to the place we were, where terrorists are not the focus of our lives, but they're a nuisance."

Racicot said Kerry's view of terror was outdated, and the campaign would use it as evidence.

"(Kerry) equated it to prostitution and gambling, a nuisance activity," Racicot said. "You know, quite frankly, I just don't think he has the right view of the world. It's a pre-9/11 view of the world."

Kerry was a prosecutor before he got into politics and made fighting organized crime one of his priorities.

Kerry campaign spokesman Phil Singer called the Republican charges "absolutely ridiculous."

"This is yet another example of the Bush campaign taking John Kerry's words out of context, and then blowing it up into something that is nothing," he said.

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