John Kerry on Listening Tour Across America

It seems that John Kerry has embarked on a “Listening Tour” across the country. In a pick-up truck with his motorcycle in tow… John Kerry is off to see America and spend time listening to the concerns and voices of Americans…

Kerry visits Schweitzer during listening tour

U.S. Sen. John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, stopped by the Capitol on Thursday to visit with Gov. Brian Schweitzer as part of a national “listening tour,” but deflected any questions about running for president in 2008.

The Massachusetts senator was on his way to his vacation home in Ketchum, Idaho, during the congressional recess.

Kerry peppered Schweitzer, his staff and state Sen. Mike Cooney, D-Helena, who had stopped by the Capitol to pick something up, with questions on state and national issues. He asked Schweitzer how the state would deal with the Bush administration’s proposed Medicaid cuts.

“This administration, while they talk the talk, there’s no walking the walk,” Schweitzer said. “They put additional demands on the states with no new money.”

Added Schweitzer: “I think we’re probably going to need a new president.”

Kerry, 61, grinned broadly.

“Any suggestions?” Cooney asked.

“I’m staying away from that one,” Kerry said with a laugh.

Schweitzer, meanwhile, put in a pitch for his proposal to convert Montana coal into liquid fuel through a process known as Fischer-Tropsch to reduce, if not end, U.S. dependence on foreign oil. U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., put some tax incentives for the process in the energy and highway bills.

Kerry was intrigued when he learned that Schweitzer had met with the chief executive of Shell Oil, which is building 12 such plants in China, and had talked with a top South African official about that country’s use of the process.

After Kerry asked about Montana’s budget situation, Schweitzer said Montana has a $300 million surplus, thanks in part to high energy prices.

“I think I put a few bucks in your coffers,” Kerry said. “I filled up four times between Casper, Wyo., and here.”

Kerry, who never campaigned in Montana during his presidential bid, raved about Montana’s splendor.

“It doesn’t get any more beautiful than this,” he said.

Kerry visited Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument near Hardin on Wednesday night on the way to Bozeman.

“Every moment just grabs you,” he said.

Kerry was following the Lewis and Clark trail thorough the state as he and an aide listened on tape in their car to Stephen Ambrose’s book, “Undaunted Courage.” They stopped to see the convergence of the Madison, Jefferson and Gallatin rivers near Three Forks. Kerry said he had been interested in Lewis and Clark for years.

As Schweitzer gave Kerry a tour of the Capitol, they stopped in front of the bronze sculpture of the late Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield and his wife, Maureen. Kerry called Mansfield “a great man” whom he had always admired. In checking out the sculpture, Kerry saw it depicted Mansfield with a PT-109 tie clasp like those the late President John F. Kennedy, a former Massachusetts senator, handed out to commemorate the torpedo boat he commanded during World War II.

“Great, I can’t wait to tell Teddy,” Kerry said, referring to the late president’s brother, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass.

Later, Schweitzer took off his “It’s a new day in Montana” bolo tie and gave it to Kerry, who immediately put it on. Schweitzer’s only condition was that Kerry had to wear it on the Senate floor, which Kerry he happily agreed to do.

UPDATE: Here’s a bit of a different take on the same story — Kerry says howdy

Jon Ebelt IR Staff Photographer

UPDATE: I’ve been told by a member of John Kerry’s Senate staff that John Kerry is on vacation. This story highlights the difference between John Kerry and George W. Bush. While John Kerry is on vacation he takes time to stop and listen to concerned citizens across the country. While George W. Bush is on vacation, he can’t even make the time to sit down and talk with a Gold Star Mom camped outside of his ranch.

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22 Responses to John Kerry on Listening Tour Across America

  1. florida dem says:

    Wow. What a nice story.

  2. Marjorie G says:

    Thanks for posting. During the campaign, could he ever have enjoyed himself so jauntily, let is show and be reported. So much his own man, and the public never got to know that.

  3. Indie Liberal says:

    Thanks for posting this Pam.

  4. I loved both of the these stories. I hope there are more of these while he is on the tour.

    I posted in the radio address thread, by the by, that I will have the text and audio link here tomorrow morning, as soon as the embargo is lifted.

  5. Indie Liberal says:

    Kerry habla espanol? Cool. Thanks Pam.

  6. Indie

    I believe he does. The text is in Spanish and English.

  7. kj says:

    Hey John, stop on by. Bring Teresa. We’ll leave the light on. 🙂

  8. janet says:

    Oh, Montana is such a great state. This makes me a little homesick. But I’m going there myself in a couple of weeks!

  9. Teresa says:

    Kerry loves this kind of whistle stop cross country traveling. He couldn’t get enough of it in the last campaign. Here’s hoping he gets enough sometime soon! I certainly didn’t get enough of him. He’s such a friendly guy. A natural.

  10. Dave says:

    At first glance, I thought it said he visited Schwarzenegger.

  11. let’s see kerry sit down with the Swiftboat vets and then you can talk sh**. otherwise, Apple, meet Orange.

  12. Captain Scarlett

    Kerry has sat down with Swiftboat Vets, on many occassions. What you freepers seem to forget is that there are a lot of Swift Boat Vets WHO SUPPORT John Kerry.

    Those you refer to, noting your website, are Swift Boat Liars. In response, I suggest that the Swift Boat Liars admit they lied. It’s time to drop the charade. Honestly, it’s old news and the perpetuation of it only makes you all look like fools.

  13. Nick says:

    Pamela (and for that matter everybody)

    Remember that, according to the National Annual Election Survey (NAES) of voters in military families, the military family vote SPLIT 50%-50%. Kerry won nonmilitary families 51-49, and voters without military experience 51-49. Only voters who themselves had direct military experience did Kerry lose (55%-45%).

  14. pammy,
    sure. kerry hasn’t gone near the swift boat vets for the truth. just like he promised to release his military records and taxes but never did.

  15. Cappy,

    Only my good friends call me Pammy… surely you do not think are you are one of them? The name is Pamela. If you would like civil discourse, please act respectfully here.

    John Kerry did release his military records and his taxes. I’m sorry you perpetuate lies. As for the claims of the Swift Boat Liars, none of them ever served with John Kerry, their stories have been proven to be erroneous. That you people continue to perpetuate this is so laughable.

    Is he that big of a threat to you people, or are you blind enough not to recognize that our country is in shambles because of Bush?

  16. Ron Chusid says:

    It really is amazing that the right wing blogs are still repeating the same nonsense, even though all of Kerry’s records were released well before the election. They must think that if they repeat the same lies gullible people like the “captain” will believe them.

  17. Ron

    I guess that’s it… talking parrots repeating lies, some people do buy into it I suppose. But you would think the “captain” would know better than parrot at a Kerry supporters blog. Poor dear must be worried, things do keep looking for worse for Bush.

  18. come on pammy, i guess is depends on what you call “released”.

    http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewSpecialReports.asp?Page=%5CSpecialReports%5Carchive%5C200409%5CSPE20040916a.html

    the problem with you guys is that you don’t think people can google.

  19. Captain Scarlett

    Kerry released his Form 180 in June 2005. What you are citing here from CNS is from Sept 2004.

    http://www.lightupthedarkness.org/blog/?view=plink&id=1123
    http://www.lightupthedarkness.org/blog/?view=plink&id=1061
    http://www.lightupthedarkness.org/blog/default.asp?view=plink&id=1055
    http://www.lightupthedarkness.org/blog/?view=plink&id=1035
    http://www.lightupthedarkness.org/blog/default.asp?view=plink&id=1028

    People here are not interesting in bantering this with you. If you must persist in parroting the dribble of the SBL, do it somewhere else. Like your own blog. This conversation is over as far as I am concerned.

  20. Anonymous says:

    A link to a right wing site which posts fiction is hardly meaningful.

    Kerry released all his records and there is no credible evidence to the contrary. Nor are there any credible sources which argue otherwise.

    The key word here is credible.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Kerry released his records even well before June. His military records were released and posted at the old Kerry web site last fall.

    The significance of his signing Form 180 is not that this marked the release of his records, but that it proved that his release of records months early was really a full and accurate release.

  22. Dave says:

    Hahaha!!! Captain, I’m afraid you just got smacked down, bitch!! Now sit down and shut the hell up.