Kerry Sutra Watch – The $87 Billion

John Kerry is to politics as The Kama Sutra is to sex – an encyclopedia of different positions.

John Kerry offered his latest position on his signature line “I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it,” this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America [Transcript]. His new position: it was late at night, and he was tired.

“It just was a very inarticulate way of saying something, and I had one of those inarticulate moments late in the evening when I was dead tired in the primaries and I didn’t say something very clearly. But it reflects the truth of the position, which is I thought to have the wealthiest people in America share the burden of paying for that war. It was a protest. Sometimes you have to stand up and be counted, and that’s what I did.”

Late at night? Really? Not according to the Washington Post.

“I actually did vote for his $87 billion, before I voted against it,” he told a group of veterans at a noontime appearance at Marshall University.

Did anyone at the AP pickup on this gaffe? No.

The actually they cherry picked the quote and magically make the distortion disappear.

“It was just a very inarticulate way of saying something and I had one of those inarticulate moments,” Kerry said in an interview broadcast Wednesday on “Good Morning America” on ABC. “But it reflects the truth of the position … I thought that the wealthiest people of America should share in that burden. It was a protest.”

Update: The GMA quote (originally posted at has been updated to match the ABC News transcript, which was not yet online when this was first posted.

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