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PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES' DEBATE, SPONSORED BY THE MICCOSUKEE TRIBE OF INDIANS OF FLORIDA, UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI, CORAL GABLES, FLORIDA. SPEAKERS: GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES; U.S. SENATOR JOHN F. KERRY (MA), DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE; JIM LEHRER, ANCHOR AND EXECUTIVE EDITOR, PBS'S "THE NEWSHOUR"


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"I have -- I understand everybody in this country doesn't agree with the decisions I've made. And I made some tough decisions. But people know where I stand. People out there listening know what I believe. And that's how best it is to keep the peace."

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"This nation of ours has got a solemn duty to defeat this ideology of hate. And that's what they are."

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KERRY: I believe in being strong and resolute and determined. And I will hunt down and kill the terrorists, wherever they are.

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"That's kind of a pre-September 10th mentality, the hope that somehow resolutions and failed inspections would make this world a more peaceful place."

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"My opponent says help is on the way, but what kind of message does it say to our troops in harm's way, 'wrong war, wrong place, wrong time'? Not a message a commander in chief gives, or this is a 'great diversion.' As well, help is on the way, but it's certainly hard to tell it when he voted against the $87-billion supplemental to provide equipment for our troops, and then said he actually did vote for it before he voted against it. Not what a commander in chief does when you're trying to lead troops."

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"I know how these people think. I deal with them all the time. I sit down with the world leaders frequently and talk to them on the phone frequently. They're not going to follow somebody who says, 'This is the wrong war at the wrong place at the wrong time.' "

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"I would hope I never have to. I understand how hard it is to commit troops. Never wanted to commit troops. When I was running -- when we had the debate in 2000, never dreamt I'd be doing that."

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"Of course, we change tactics when need to, but we never change our beliefs, the strategic beliefs that are necessary to protect this country in the world."

 


HARD WORK

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"It's hard work. It's incredibly hard. You know why? Because an enemy realizes the stakes. The enemy understands a free Iraq will be a major defeat in their ideology of hatred. That's why they're fighting so vociferously."

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"It's hard work. But, again, I want to tell the American people, we're doing everything we can at home, but you better have a president who chases these terrorists down and bring them to justice before they hurt us again.

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"And now we're fighting them now. And it's hard work. I understand how hard it is. I get the casualty reports every day. I see on the TV screens how hard it is. But it's necessary work."

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"It is hard work. It is hard work to go from a tyranny to a democracy. It's hard work to go from a place where people get their hands cut off, or executed, to a place where people are free."

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"In Iraq, no doubt about it, it's tough. It's hard work."

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"There's a lot of really good people working hard to do so. It's hard work."

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"The plan says we'll train Iraqi soldiers so they can do the hard work, and we are."

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"You know, it's hard work to try to love her as best as I can, knowing full well that the decision I made caused her loved one to be in harm's way."

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"It's hard work. Everybody knows it's hard work, because there's a determined enemy that's trying to defeat us."

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"We've done a lot of hard work together over the last three and a half years."