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January 15, 2004 Thursday

HEADLINE: POLITICS UNCENSORED SENATOR JOHN KERRY

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CHARLES GIBSON, ABC NEWS

More "Politics Uncensored" now.

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CHARLES GIBSON

(Voice Over) The Iowa caucus is Monday night. It is Dean, it is Gephardt.

CHARLES GIBSON

(Off Camera) Late charges from Senators John Edwards and John Kerry. And ABC's Kate Snow is with Senator Kerry to get some sense of what it's like on the road these days. Kate?

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KATE SNOW, ABC NEWS

(Off Camera) Good morning, Charlie. We've been following the Senator around for the past few days. This morning, we're in Council Bluffs, Iowa, we're at a pancake breakfast. The Senator's been gracious enough to come out this early. I brought you a little bit of herbal tea.

JOHN KERRY, DEMOCRAT, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

You are fabulous. God, I could use herbal tea.

KATE SNOW

(Off Camera) You don't drink coffee, but you drink some herbal tea.

JOHN KERRY

I love it. I love tea.

KATE SNOW

(Off Camera) Let me start on a couple of serious notes. You are clearly gaining some ground here. You're, you're traveling all over western Iowa today. Seven stops, you're going by helicopter. Clearly, you think you've got some momentum. Can you beat Howard Dean here on Monday?

JOHN KERRY

I, I don't know the answer to that question. Iowa voters are gonna decide that. But I'll tell you this, they're listening. They're wonderful in the way that they take this seriously. There are a lot of people undecided. I'm going out there to meet as many of them as I can in the next days and talk about things that are important to them.

KATE SNOW

(Off Camera) What's changing, what's drawing them away from Howard Dean and over to you?

JOHN KERRY

I, I can't tell you. I just know that I think people are looking for somebody who's ready to be president, whose judgment on serious issues of foreign policy, military matters, how we make America safe is unquestioned. Someone who has experience in helping make America safer in a very dangerous world. And I think they also want somebody who has a record of fighting against powerful interests and knows they can represent them.

KATE SNOW

(Off Camera) One of the things, one of the criticisms we hear about you is ...

JOHN KERRY

Oh, one of the many, I hope.

KATE SNOW

(Off Camera) One of the many is that you are not connecting to people, that sometimes you're, you're from a privileged background, you've been in the Senate so long that you don't connect.

JOHN KERRY

Hey, am I connecting, folks, with the folks out there?

KERRY SUPPORTERS, GROUP

Yeah.

JOHN KERRY

I mean, this is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. There's no way I'd be moving the way we're moving here. It doesn't matter what your background is. What matters is who you're fighting for and what you believe, what your values are. You know, when I fought in Vietnam with the guys on my crew, they didn't worry about where I came from, they didn't worry about, you know, what my bank account was. What they worried about was whether I covered their backs, whether I was loyal, and whether I was willing to stand with them. We did and we still stand together, 35 years later. All of us. That's what counts.

JOHN KERRY

(Off Camera) As a politician, it also counts if you can make a good pancake, right? You have to do a lot of pancake breakfasts.

JOHN KERRY

I make a great, I was the pancake maker in my family, I have to tell you.

KATE SNOW

(Off Camera) I hear you made them for your daughters.

JOHN KERRY

I used to pour them out in these little forms, and, and we'd make monkeys and elephants.

KATE SNOW

(Off Camera) So let's see it.

JOHN KERRY

Well, I can't ...

KATE SNOW

(Off Camera) Howard Dean, you know, the other day, had a pancake breakfast and was throwing them up in the air.

JOHN KERRY

Yeah, but that's not hard. See, I mean, that's easy. Can Howard Dean catch them? Can he catch them?

KATE SNOW

(Off Camera) Not too bad. Yeah, I think he caught them, too.

JOHN KERRY

Who wants a pancake?

KATE SNOW

(Off Camera) That's not bad. Where are you ...

JOHN KERRY

The, whoops, let me get this.

KATE SNOW

(Off Camera) You're, you're headed off, seven stops today? How do you keep this up?

JOHN KERRY

People energize you. These people are terrific, and they come out. Look at this, at this hour of the morning. How'd you get up, anyway?

KATE SNOW

(Off Camera) There's a pretty good crowd out here.

JOHN KERRY

They are incredible.

KATE SNOW

(Off Camera) So, can I try one of these pancakes? Are they edible?

JOHN KERRY

The people of Iowa are so open minded and there's no cynicism. Don't you, come on.

KATE SNOW

(Off Camera) Oh, just one.

JOHN KERRY

We got to put only meat on these bones.

KATE SNOW

(Off Camera) It's hot.

JOHN KERRY

People here are really fabulous, and ...

KATE SNOW

(Off Camera) It's good. You do know how to make a pancake.

JOHN KERRY

Well, we hack around. In honor of the Republican party, we'll make a little elephant here.

KATE SNOW

(Off Camera) He's got an elephant going on. Can you, can you guys see that? That's nice. That's not bad actually. You should have made a donkey.

JOHN KERRY

There you go. No. And the reason, the reason I made the elephant is, we're gonna eat it right now. We're gonna take it away.

KATE SNOW

(Off Camera) I gotta toss it back to Charlie, we're running out of time. Charlie, we're, we're out here, we're staying out here through the caucuses on Monday. Back to you.

CHARLES GIBSON

(Off Camera) It is a long haul for the candidates.

JOHN KERRY

This elephant looks great. Who wants the elephant?

CHARLES GIBSON

(Off Camera) And nobody made a line about flipping on the issues. Anyway, we thank Senator Kerry and Kate Snow. We'll be back. Stay with us.

Copyright 2004 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

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