John Kerry, Democrat

Current position: Senator for New York (elected November 2000)

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Memorable quotes:

  • "Education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. And if you don't, you get stuck in Iraq." (October, 2006)

  • "I think history nowadays judges things much more rapidly, number one. And number two, certain things lend themselves to pretty rapid judgment. Vietnam is an example of that...And history is going to judge this very, very, very rapidly...I think history is going to be very, very tough on not just the way the war has been managed, but on the way in which the decision to go to war was carried out. It's going to be a low the presidency in history." (Interview with Bob Woodward, Washington Post, October 15, 2006)

  • "If I was president, this [the Israel-Hezbollah conflict] wouldn't have happened." (July 23, 2006)

  • "I believe Israel has every right in the world to respond to any act of terror against it. Hamas is a terrorist, brutal organization. It has had years to make up its mind to take part in a peaceful process. They refuse to." (April 2004)

  • "President Bush is rightly discussing with Israel the exact route of the fence to minimize the hardship it causes innocent Palestinians." (February 2004)

  • "I know how disheartened Palestinians are by the decision to build the barrier off the Green Line. We don't need another barrier to peace. Provocative and counterproductive measures only harm Israelis." (October 2003)

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    Useful links:Official Web site

    News: Cam Kerry promises support for Israel, on brother's behalf