They Call Him Flipper, Flipper

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Republicans produce video capturing Kerry’s evolution on Iraq in his words

BOSTON (AP) — Republicans think they’ve found the ideal person to explain in detail the Democratic presidential candidate’s evolving position on the war in Iraq – John Kerry himself.

Republican National Committee members look at the 11-minute video of John Kerry at the RNC’s Boston headquarters.

Using video clips of Kerry discussing Iraq on various talk shows, the Republican National Committee has put together an 11-minute video that traces how Kerry struggled with the issue of Iraq through 2003 and early 2004 as he competed for – and finally won – the Democratic presidential nomination. …

GOP officials also were pondering how to make the video, produced by Laura Crawford of the Texas firm Crawford Creative, available to the general public. [Heck I’ll mirror it here at Wizbang! -ed]

In the video clips, Kerry gradually shifts from harsh anti-Saddam Hussein rhetoric in 2001 and 2002 to more cautious comments about Iraq in late 2003 and then to anti-war comments by early 2004.

“We’ve all reached a judgment the United States has to protect its interests,” Kerry says on one talk show in early 2002. Saddam “may even slide these weapons off to terrorist groups, it’s the miscalculation that poses the greatest threat,” he says on a September 2002 talk show.

The video reminds that Kerry voted in October 2002 to authorize President Bush to use force.

Through 2003 and early 2004, Kerry became more cautious and talked against the war, as problems grew in Iraq and his primary campaign against anti-war candidate Howard Dean became more intense.

The video notes that Kerry voted against $87 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan in October 2003.

In early January 2004 with the critical Iowa caucuses looming, “Hardball” host Chris Matthews demands to know if Kerry is an anti-war candidate.

Kerry hesitates, then says, “I am … yes.”

At that point, the theme song about the lovable TV porpoise “Flipper” chimes in.

“They call him Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning. No one at sea, is smarter than he.”

You mean now we have to call him “Senator Flipper?” Look for a 60 second version on a cable news station near you.

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