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Excerpt of Campaign Speech by Senator John Kerry

Location: Colton, CA

May 6, 2004 Thursday




SEN. KERRY: (In progress) -- as president, I will not be the last to know what is going in my command. (Applause; cheers.)

I will demand accountability from those who serve, and I will take responsibility for their actions. (Applause; cheers.) And I will do everything that I can in my power to repair the damage that this has caused to America, to our standing in the world, and to the ideals for which we stand. This is my promise to our troops, and this is my promise to our nation. (Applause; cheers.)

I think you can understand why it is so important to share a few words about this with our troops in danger and the nation's value system held up for all to make judgments about.

I am happy to be here today. This is a special place. I am here in the heart of the inland empire -- (applause; cheers) -- in the home of Ken Hobbs (sp). I think that's pretty good. (Applause; cheers.) And equally important to Colton High School, obviously, it is the home of the three-team undefeated football season of last year. (Applause; cheers.) The Yellow-Jackets.

I want to thank my wife Teresa for taking time to be here today. She's been campaigning her heart out across the country, and I think she'll make an absolutely spectacular first lady of the United States. (Applause; cheers.)

Also want to introduce a friend of mine who's here traveling with us and campaigning for me, and he's been helpful in this campaign previously. You all know him as Frodo from Lord of the Rings. His real name is Sean Astin. And he's somewhere around here. Where is Sean? There he is, over here. (Applause; cheers.)

(End of available audio.)

Copyright 2004 The Federal News Service, Inc.

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