POLITICAL DEBATES SHOULD BE ABOUT VALUES AND IDEALS, NOT NAME CALLING -- (House of Representatives - March 11, 2004)
(Mr. KINGSTON asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. KINGSTON. Mr. Speaker, it is a presidential election year, and presidential elections are very important. Politics in general, in a republic like ours, is a substitute for Civil War. It is a very important process. At the same time, I think we need to control the rhetoric.
Last night, the leading Democrat nominee, JOHN KERRY, called, or seemed to call, the President of the United States and his crew "a crooked bunch of liars." Now, those are strong words, and somewhat ridiculous when we consider the fact that we should be having a debate of values, of ideals, and that that debate should be conducted with integrity.
As a Member of Congress, I call on our colleague, the Senator from Massachusetts, to publicly apologize not just to the President of the United States but to the American people. We need a good debate. We need to look at the differences between these two candidates. One is obviously a big liberal and likes more government, higher taxes, and more regulation. The other one likes less. But the debate should be about those values, not name calling.
Senator Kerry, please apologize to the American people.