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John Kerry's Response to Bush's RNC Speach

John Kerry's response at  http://www.johnkerry.com/pressroom/releases/pr_2004_0902e.html
John Kerry's campaign has already posted their response to Bush's speach tonight at the RNC. The following is an excerpt

"Bush Failed To Protect Our Homeland from Attack
First, Bush opposed the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. Since 9/11, he's failed to adequately fund our nation's first responders, cutting first responder training grants by nearly half in his 2005 budget. Bush has failed to secure the nation's ports and borders, properly screen air and sea cargo, or create a unified terror watch list. Today, only 5 percent of the cargo coming into the nation's ports is properly screened, most air cargo goes unscreened, and only one border agent is available for patrol per every 5 miles of the U.S. Canadian border. Bush has cut funding for first responder training by nearly half, cut port security grants by 75 percent, and has plans to cut DHS funding by $1 billion if he is re-elected. [www.omb.gov; Desert Morning News, 7/20/03; The Hill, 4/30/03; Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 8/01/04; Washington Post, 5/27/04]"

What I would like to know, is what is the government going to do to help people in Florida after Hurricane Frances? Reports from independent journalists are that thousands of people died in Hurricane Charley, just weeks ago, and that only seven National Guard were available to help over an entire three county area. The remain Nation Guard now being in Iraq. So maybe we find out from these natural disasters how much government is really there to help people, and how much they say is just so much fluff and hot air.

Kerry's response:  http://www.johnkerry.com/pressroom/releases/pr_2004_0902e.html