John F. Kerry

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We cannot continue to see the Middle East in the context of 9/11. We must see it in the context of 2011.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Middle East
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I can tell you, Massachusetts, fastest growing sector of our economy is clean energy and energy efficiency companies. And they're growing faster than any other sector.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Politics
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Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, others, knew how to lead. They knew how to ask the American people for the right things.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: People
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Bush-McCain stategy in Iraq is policy to stay, not to win.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Winning
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Those who try to stifle the vibrancy of our democracy and shield policies from scrutiny behind a false cloak of patriotism miss the real value of what our troops defend and how we best defend our troops. We will ask questions and we will defend our democracy.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Real
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Capturing Saddam Hussein and ensuring that this brutal dictator will never return to power is an important step toward stabilizing Iraq for the Iraqis. Let's also be clear: Our problems in Iraq have not been caused by one man, and this is a moment when the administration can and must launch a major effort to gain international support and win the peace.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Men
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You don't value families if you force them to take up a collection to buy body armor for a son or daughter in the service.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Daughter
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I know something about killing. I don't like killing. And I don't think a state honors life by turning around and sanctioning killing.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Thinking
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As I have said for two years now, when Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda were cornered in the mountains of Tora Bora, it was wrong to outsource the job of capturing them to Afghan warlords who a week earlier were fighting against us.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Jobs
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I'm for ethanol, and I think it's a very important partial ingredient of the overall mix of alternative and renewable fuels we ought to commit to.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Thinking
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I will never cede the authority of our country or our security to any other nation. I'll never give a veto over American security to any other entity - not a nation, not a country, not an institution.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Country
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Here I am in the state of New Mexico. George Bush is still in the state of denial. New Mexico has five electoral votes. The state of denial has none. I like my chances.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Here I Am
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I'm not insensitive to the jobs. I'm desperately concerned about those jobs. But you don't fix them by pandering to people and telling them you're going to shut the door. You have to grow jobs.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Jobs
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I've met foreign leaders who can't go out and say this publicly, but boy, they look at you and say, you've got to win this, you've got to beat this guy, we need a new policy, things like that.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Winning
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There is no bigger judgment for a president of the United States than how you take a nation to war.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: War
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I figured out Karl Rove's political strategy -- make gas so expensive, no Democrats can afford to go to the polls.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Funny
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We owe our troops the opportunity to serve in the best-planned, best-equipped, and best-led military force in the world, and we owe them the peace of mind that comes from knowing that they and their families will be taken care of if they sacrifice life, limb or the ability to sleep without war's nightmares. We owe them not just thanks and best wishes, but action, and action in our nation's capital.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Military
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Iraq may not be the war on terror itself, but it is critical to the outcome of the war on terror, and therefore any advance in Iraq is an advance forward in that.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: War
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I'm against the partial-birth abortion, but you've got to have an exception for the life of the mother and the health of the mother under the strictest test of bodily injury to the mother.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Mother
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Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime ... He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation ... And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction ... So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Real
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Terrorist organizations with specific political agendas may be encouraged and emboldened by Yasser Arafat's transformation from outlaw to statesman.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Organization
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I don't believe we need a good conservative judge, and I don't believe we need a good liberal judge. I subscribe to the Justice Potter Stewart standard. He was a justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. And he said the mark of a good judge, good justice, is that when you're reading their decision, their opinion, you can't tell if it's written by a man or woman, a liberal or a conservative, a Muslim, a Jew or a Christian. You just know you're reading a good judicial decision.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Christian
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I look forward to standing up and holding George Bush accountable for pushing seniors off of Medicare into HMOs.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Senior
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American soldiers [are] going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the ñ of ñ the historical customs, religious customs.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Religious
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I personally didn't see personal atrocities in the sense I saw somebody cut a head off or something like that. However, I did take part in free-fire zones, I did take part in harassment and interdiction fire, I did take part in search-and-destroy missions.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Cutting
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I promise just to serve two terms. Republicans do it differently. They just have the son repeat the father's whole first term.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Father
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We should not allow a tiny minority of shoddy scientists and science and extreme ideologues to compete with scientific facts.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Minorities
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America now stands as the world's foremost power. We should be proud: Not since the age of the Romans have one people achieved such preeminence. But we are not Romans; we do not seek an empire. We are Americans, trustees of a vision and a heritage that commit us to the values of democracy and the universal cause of human rights.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Pride
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If you don't believe ... Saddam Hussein is a threat with nuclear weapons, then you shouldn't vote for me.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Believe
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America is the one that has led the effort to strengthen NATO and strengthen the front-line states against Russia's pressures.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: America
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The military's job is to win the war. A president's job is to win the peace.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Jobs
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I believe it is both unwise and even wrong to interfere in the affairs of other nations. Indeed, if we are honest, we will see that this is one of the reasons for 9-11.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Believe
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I think, all in all, the Obama administration and what President Obama has focused on has lived up to our need to protect American interests, to live our values and assert our values, and to stand up for future generations.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Thinking
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America that has done more to support Israel than any other country cannot be true to our own values if we allow a viable two-state solution to be destroyed before our own eyes.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Country
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I'm going to be honest with you - I don't know a lot about Cuba's healthcare system. Is it a government-run system?
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Running
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We still have a lot of work to do to protect our own democracy.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Democracy
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I think the United States is still the indispensable force for positive change and for rule of law and for order and structure.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Thinking
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An old American patriot described today’s situation very well. As America fought for its independence, Benjamin Franklin said, “we must all hang together, or assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”
- John F. Kerry
Collection: America
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The agreement is fundamentally that we want to try to resolve this. The agreement is that ISIL is a threat to everybody, and we need to come together to find a way to fight ISIL. The agreement is that we want to save Syria, keep it unified, keep it secular. So surely in those very fundamental principles on which we could agree.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Fighting
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You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Horse
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I think that our own crisis of democracy is in its own way affecting our ability to leverage in the same way that we used to in the world.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Thinking
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And now that the Greatest Generation is getting older, I think it is the responsibility of all Americans to make sure we do our part for America's seniors. You have earned the best of America -- and we need to make sure you get the protection and health care you deserve.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Senior
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We were sent to Vietnam to kill Communism. But we found instead that we were killing women and children.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Children
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You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Smart
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I think that all of the cyber attacks that are taking place, but particularly this - the Russian one, had a profound impact on the American system, on our political process, on our - it invaded the space of our election. The releasing on a regular basis of one party's stolen emails had an impact, and I think that other things also had an impact.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Thinking
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Medicare is paid for by the American taxpayer. Medicare belongs to you. Medicare is for seniors, who many of them are on fixed income, to lift them out of poverty.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Senior
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The fact is that in too many parts of our country, we still have discrimination. And affirmative action is not just something that applies to people of color. Some people have a mistaken view of it in America. It also is with respect to women, it's with respect to other efforts to try to reach out and be inclusive in our country.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Country
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America is the most powerful economy in the world. We're an $18-trillion-dollar economy.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Powerful
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It appears that with the deadline for exile come and gone, Saddam Hussein has chosen to make military force the ultimate weapons inspections enforcement mechanism. If so, the only exit strategy is victory, this is our common mission and the world's cause.
- John F. Kerry
Collection: Military