Kerry Attacks Bush on Leadership, Iraq

Democratic Challenger Turns Focus to National Security Issues

U.S. Presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) in Seattle.

U.S. Presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) waves to the crowd after arriving to speak at a campaign rally at Pier 62 in Seattle, Wa., May 26, 2004. Reuters hide caption

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Sen. John Kerry, speaking Thursday in Seattle, accused President Bush of taking the wrong turn in the war on terrorism by waging war in Iraq.

Excerpts from Kerry's Speech

In a speech in Seattle Thursday, Kerry layed out for four national security imperatives, and called for more international support in Iraq . Listen to excerpts:

Listen Building Alliances

Listen Modernizing the Military

Listen Diplomatic, Intelligence and Economic Powers

Listen Ending Dependence on Mideast Oil

Listen Situation in Iraq

Full Text of Speech

"Staying the course is important but staying the wrong course is not a sign of strength, it is a mark of stubbornness and it ultimately weakens this nation and the world," Kerry said.

The Democratic candidate for president vowed, if elected, he would seek greater global alliances to fight terrorism.

Kerry's campaign has begun a focus on national security. For the next 11 days, he plans to highlight various facets of the issue, in the wake of new Bush administration warnings that al Qaeda could be planning an attack on U.S. targets this summer.



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