Bush-Cheney '04, Inc.

30-second ad released March 18, 2004 to run nationwide on cable television. 


President Bush: I’m George W. Bush and I approve this message. 

Female Announcer: Few votes in Congress are as important as funding our troops at war.  Though John Kerry voted in October 2002 for military action in Iraq, he later voted against funding our soldiers.
Senate Clerk: “Mr. Kerry:” 
Announcer: “No.”

Announcer: Body armor and higher combat pay for our troops?
Senate Clerk: “Mr. Kerry:” 
Announcer: “No.”

Announcer: Better health care for reservists?
Senate Clerk: “Mr. Kerry:” 
Announcer: “No.”

Announcer: And what does Kerry say now?

Kerry: I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.

GRAPHIC: John Kerry: Wrong on defense.

Announcer: Wrong on defense.


Notes and Observations: This is a revised version of the ad that ran in WV; a statement Kerry made on March 16 is added at the end.

According to a Kerry for President press release "March Madness Continues with Third Week of Misleading Bush Ads":

"John Kerry opposed a red inked, blank check on Bush's failed Iraq policy.

"John Kerry has fought in a war and understands the importance of shared sacrifices when our troops are risking their lives overseas.  That's why he tried to repeal the Bush tax breaks for wealthiest of Americans to pay for the supplemental funds.

"More of the same Bush slash and burn politics are not going to get our troops the support they need, it won't find the lost 3 million jobs and won't cut the cost of health care for American families and businesses."