(Archive - Week of October 16, 2004)

John Kerry's Record on African Americans Issues

Kweisi Mfume: Kerry Has “the Credentials” and “the Leadership” – "I think the Democratic party is going to embrace John Kerry of Massachusetts," said Kweisi Mfume, the NAACP president, during an appearance on The O'Reilly Factor. "I think he has the credentials, he has the leadership, he has the respect, he has the track record, but also you can't box him in a corner. You can't put him in the liberal corner, in the conservative corner, or anything else." [National Review, 11/25/02]

John Kerry a “Strong Advocate for African Americans”   – John Kerry was recently honored at the 2002 Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus for his long career of being a “strong advocate for African Americans.” [Jet Magazine, 10/14/02]

Kerry Says South Carolina's Rebel Flag Belongs in Museum, Not State Capitol – John Kerry stated his preference for the Confederate Battle flag to be placed in a museum, rather than being flown on the grounds of the South Carolina state capital. Kerry said he “would rather see the flag in a museum” and later mentioned said “I fought under the flag of the United States of America. We all live under the flag of the United States of America," the Vietnam veteran said. "That's the flag that belongs in the public places of display." [AP. 2/2/03]

Kerry: Affordable Health Care is “a Right, Not Privilege” – “No health care plan for America can work without the direct personal involvement and leadership of the President of the United States. I intend to be a President who goes to the Oval Office each morning resolved that health care will not merely be the rhetoric of a campaign, a promise made and lost, but that with unwavering determination, for as long as it takes - we will at long last make health care available and affordable - a right and not a privilege - for every American.” – Kerry Announcing His Health Care Plan for America [Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, IA, 5/16/03]

Kerry Says Spirit of King “Touched the Spirit of His Generation” – “I'm proud to say that Martin Luther King touched all of us, but particularly touched the spirit of my generation with his life, his spirit, his activism - and ultimately the lessons and legacy he left behind for us to carry on.”  [John Kerry Remarks, MLK Day Celebration, Richmond, VA, 1/2003; http://www.africanamericans.com/JohnKerryMLKDay 2003.htm]

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