Democratic National Committee

:60 second radio ad released Aug. 12, 2004, run in 17 battleground states.


Announcer: It’s beneath the office of President.   We were all together in this country after 9/11…and we all wish it had stayed that way.  

But now President Bush is attacking John Kerry on terrorism.  And once again, his facts are wrong.

John Kerry fought to establish the Department of Homeland Security.  George Bush opposed it for almost a year after 9/11.

And John Kerry was fighting for legislation to cut off terrorist money laundering even before 9/11. 

His proposal became a key part of the Patriot Act.

Now, John Kerry has a plan to fight terrorism the smart way…double the number of Special Forces…focus on nuclear terrorism…and rebuild our international alliances so we can fight terrorism together.  

John Kerry…a president to make us stronger.

Paid for by Democratic National Committee, www dot democrats dot org.  Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.  The Democratic National Committee is responsible for the content of this advertisement.


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Notes and Observations:  This is an independent expenditure ad.   The DNC's documentation accompanying this ad references the Bush-Cheney radio ad "Clockwork" from Aug. 6.  In that ad an announcer states, "He talks tough on terrorism but Kerry voted against needed funding for our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq even after saying it would be irresponsible to do so."  According to the DNC the ad buy was worth approximately $650,000.