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MSNBC Hardball Transcript

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February 11, 2004 Wednesday

HEADLINE: HARDBALL For February 11, 2004

BYLINE: Chris Matthews; David Gregory

GUESTS: Ellen Tauscher; Curt Weldon; J.D. Hayworth; Gary Ackerman; Dana Milbank; Cheri Jacobus; John Kerry; Jane Mayer

Bush says he wants to stop global proliferation of WMDs, but is it a distraction from Iraq? How big of an issue will gay marriage be in the presidential election?


MATTHEWS: We're back with our wide-ranging panel.

I spoke with John Kerry shortly after his big victories in Virginia and Tennessee last night. It was late.

Here's part of that interview.


SEN. JOHN KERRY (D-MA), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Unlike some candidates in this race, I'm not picking one state to stand in. I'm campaigning all across the country. And I think that's how you have to run for president of the United States.

MATTHEWS: Have you noticed that the president's people are turning their guns on you, as if you're the nominee? Have you noticed? Have you felt the fire?

KERRY: Well, that's fine. I...

MATTHEWS: They're saying you're out of sync with American culture. Ed Gillespie, the chairman of the Republican Party, out there personally shooting at you. Does that mean you think they think that you're the guy?

KERRY: I don't know what they think, Chris.

But I'll tell you this. If they want to shoot at me, that's just fine, because I intend to shoot back. And it's they that are of touch with the American people.


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