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Wednesday, November 12, 2003


Kerry on Leno

posted by Editor at Wednesday, November 12, 2003 permalink View blog reactions

Last night, Sen. John Kerry was a guest on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The Boston Globe writes:
When Leno asked Kerry how he would win the Democratic nomination, Kerry said he planned a sharp-edged attack on front-runner Howard Dean.

"We're coming at him now, and when I finish, I think he'll make a great surgeon general of the United States," Kerry said. Dean, a former governor of Vermont, is a physician.

Also on the show, host Jay Leno noted that while back in his native MA, he saw bumper stickers advising voters to "Date Dean. Marry Kerry." I read these as a suggestion that Howard Dean is exciting and fun, but at the end of the day, in order to beat George Bush, a "heavy weight" like John Kerry will be needed.


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