"Stuck In Iraq" Controversy

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The White House isn't letting up on John Kerry, even after his apology for making a what he calls a "botched joke" about Iraq.

President Bush, speaking to conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, said, "Anybody who is in a position to serve this country ought to understand the consequences of words." Bush added, "We've got incredible people in our military, and they desesrve full praise and full support of this government."

And the White House has released a text of the comments Vice President Cheney is set to make today at a Montana campaign rally. Cheney scolds Kerry for taking what the vice president calls "another swipe at the U-S military."

As for Kerry's claim that he was making a joke, Cheney says, "I guess we didn't get the nuance." And he says of Kerry, "He was for the joke before he was against it" -- a reminder of a much-criticized Kerry comment about the war from the 2004 campaign.

Kerry's come under fire from Republicans and even some Democrats for saying that people who don't do well in school could end up being "stuck in Iraq." Kerry told the Don Imus radio program today, "Of course I'm sorry about a botched joke."


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