March 6, 2004 - 2 the advocate: In an effort to boost enrollment in the Peace Corps from 6,700 today to 25,000 "where we ought to be," Kerry said his administration would pay the four-year tuition to an in-state public university for any high school graduate who gives two years to the Peace Corps

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In an effort to boost enrollment in the Peace Corps from 6,700 today to 25,000 "where we ought to be," Kerry said his administration would pay the four-year tuition to an in-state public university for any high school graduate who gives two years to the Peace Corps



In an effort to boost enrollment in the Peace Corps from 6,700 today to 25,000 "where we ought to be," Kerry said his administration would pay the four-year tuition to an in-state public university for any high school graduate who gives two years to the Peace Corps

Candidate Kerry takes on Bush in N.O. speech

By JOE GYAN JR.

jgyan@theadvocate.com

New Orleans bureau

NEW ORLEANS -- Speaking near the spot where President-to-be George H. Bush introduced Dan Quayle as his running mate in 1988, U.S. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts made no such introduction Friday but did attack current President George W. Bush's domestic and foreign policies while vowing to send him "back to Texas in November."

Kerry, who addressed several thousand supporters in Woldenberg Park on the New Orleans riverfront three days after virtually wrapping up the Democratic presidential nomination and four days before Louisiana's Democratic primary, blasted Bush for the loss of U.S. jobs and his handling of the war in Iraq.

Kerry, a four-term senator, said Bush promised to create 4 million jobs when he took office more than three years ago.

"He's lost 3 million," Kerry said. "We're going to create jobs. We're going to create wealth in America."

One supporter on bleachers behind the stage where Kerry spoke held a purple poster board with gold lettering that read "Geaux Kerry."

The crowd also chanted "Bush gotta go," prompting Kerry. to say, "You guys don't need any instructions at all."

Earlier in his speech, he urged his vocal audience, "Just promise me you'll keep that primal instinct alive through November."

Kerry, referring to recently aired Bush television ads that contain images of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on New York, warned that the Republican president is "going to try to scare America."

"He can't come out here and talk to you about jobs," Kerry said.

Kerry, who served in the Navy, also criticized Bush for landing on an aircraft carrier when he announced an end to major military combat in Iraq.

"George Bush thought he could just play dress up on an aircraft carrier," the Vietnam War veteran said, adding that "a bunch of us ... know something about aircraft carriers for real."

A sign on the aircraft carrier that Bush flew to read "Mission Accomplished."

"What mission has been accomplished?" Kerry asked. It's not only not mission accomplished, it's mission abandoned."

Kerry, who has accused Bush of doing too little to strengthen the military and build up homeland defense, questioned the president's motivation for going to war in Iraq.

"Never should young Americans in uniform be held hostage by our dependence on foreign oil," he said, stressing his commitment to domestic oil and gas drilling.

Kerry acknowledged that "we live in a dangerous world" but said Bush's "reckless and inept" foreign policy has overextended the U.S. military.

Though Kerry has insisted that he will not wait for United Nations approval before acting to deal with a foreign crisis, he said he will do a better job than Bush did in working to get as many foreign allies to work with the United States as possible.

"This nation of ours is strongest when we work with other people," he said, adding that he would work to have the U.S. "rejoin the community of nations."

Kerry said the U.S. should go to war "when we have to," not "when we want to."

Kerry, hinting that he considers Louisiana important in his bid for the presidency, said, "I cannot wait to be down here again."

He also had a specific message for fisheries-rich Louisiana, particularly its coastal erosion problem.

"I pledge to you, when I am president, we will have a land and water conservation fund that helps to protect coastal Louisiana," he said.

Bush's proposed federal budget includes $8 million for the Louisiana Coastal Area Ecosystem Restoration project, enough to complete a draft study of the problem but a far cry from the $50 million that Gov. Kathleen Blanco has requested of the president.

Kerry, noting the escalating cost of college tuition, also outlined a specific incentive plan to make college more affordable and accessible for all Americans dreaming of a higher education.

In an effort to boost enrollment in the Peace Corps from 6,700 today to 25,000 "where we ought to be," Kerry said his administration would pay the four-year tuition to an in-state public university for any high school graduate who gives two years to the Peace Corps.

Kerry also proposed a tax credit on the first $4,000 of tuition for each year of college, saying no one should have to "downsize their dream" for lack of money.

On the topic of taxes, Kerry said he would retain the Bush tax cuts that benefit poor and middle-class taxpayers but would eliminate those that benefit the wealthiest Americans. He said this would help trim a growing federal deficit and finance his domestic priorities, such as education and health care.

Kerry, who said he would "roll back" tax cuts Bush signed into law for those earning more than $200,000 a year, said he would hold the tax code "up to the light of democracy."

He also pledged to cut the federal deficit in half over four years by being "fiscally responsible," and said health care "is not a privilege for the rich and the powerful and the connected."

Computer consultant and registered Democrat Lauren Simon of Metairie said she was impressed by Kerry.

"I think he's very inspiring," Simon said, adding that she believes the Democratic Party can take back the White House. "I think we can. I know we can."

A host of Democratic officials spoke to the Woldenberg Park crowd before Kerry arrived.

"The winds of change are blowing across America," Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu said. "This country's ready for change."

Louisiana Democratic Party Chairman Mike Skinner called the Bayou State "Kerry country."

"We put Kathleen Blanco in the Governor's Mansion and we're going to put John Kerry in the White House," he said. Blanco was not able to attend the rally.

U.S. Rep. William Jefferson of New Orleans said Bush "deserves to be beaten this November."

"It's not just the jobs we've lost," he said. "We've lost our way. He (Bush) doesn't have a plan."

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said Kerry was the first presidential candidate to visit with him "many, many months ago."

"He knew a lot about New Orleans," the mayor said. "He knew the critical issues that were facing us."

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu introduced Kerry as "the next president of the United States."

Kerry has said his search for a running mate will take several weeks. He has until the party's nominating convention in July in Boston to make a choice.

Kerry flew from New Orleans to San Antonio for his next campaign appearance. Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida are holding Democratic primaries Tuesday.




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By Joanne Marie Roll (joey) (cache-mtc-ab06.proxy.aol.com - 64.12.116.70) on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 4:37 pm: Edit Post

This is a GI Bill plan; service first and then money for college. The need of Peace Corps for skilled people with cultural understanding and specific technical skills calls for an ROTC approach; education first, then service. As PCOL first recommended many months ago, Peace Corps should contract with individuals to study needed languages/cultures and technical areas in exchange for college costs and then peace corps service after graduation. Kerry needs to talk to some RPCVs!

By mike osborn (majoroz) (cache-mtc-ab06.proxy.aol.com - 64.12.116.70) on Monday, March 15, 2004 - 6:47 pm: Edit Post

He needs to talk to some RPCV's that also have military service.
To compare the two is ludicrous and an insult to the military.

oz, RPCV, Micro 61, 1994-96; USAF, retired.


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