Americans in Spain challenged over US vote

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10 September 2004, BARCELONA - The sister of US Democratic candidate John Kerry called Friday for a better level of debate as she urged young Spanish-based US voters to get involved in politics before the 2 November presidential election.

10 September 2004

BARCELONA - The sister of US Democratic candidate John Kerry called Friday for a better level of debate as she urged young Spanish-based US voters to get involved in politics before the 2 November presidential election.

"People are concerned about the direction of our country. The American people deserve a better discussion," said Diana Kerry.

Kerry, who chairs the Americans Overseas for Kerry-Edwards' (AOK) ticket for her brother and running mate John Edwards, was visiting Barcelona at the end of a two-day visit to Spain.

Kerry said attacks by political opponents calling into question her brother's Vietnam record were "slanderous".

"He has witnesses who were with him (who will) testify to his wonderful skill and courage as a leader," said Kerry, as she urged a 50-strong group of young US citizens studying in Spain to register their vote.

Overall, some 100,000 US citizens live in Spain, joining 800,000 more scattered across western Europe.

Kerry dismissed Republican charges that her brother would score less highly at the polls on national security than incumbent President George W Bush.

She condemned Thursday's terror attack outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta.

"We are always in danger. I used to live in Jakarta. I was very saddened to learn of the attack there," said Kerry, who insisted a Kerry presidency would strive to combat terror while seeking a broader consensus.

"We need to work with the world to make serious progress in this effort," said Kerry, a teacher who has spent much of her career overseas.

"John will make decisions that are best for the US - and the world.

"The difference between George Bush and John Kerry is night and day," added Kerry, who brushed off polls which show her brother lagging behind Bush in the race for the White House.

"I don't believe any poll is important except on 2 November. I have confidence we can take this fight to the American people and they will see he is the man to lead this country."

Sharon Han, from California, said: "We're pumped up. Our future is at stake here."

Brenna Cooley, another student from California, said "every European country despises us."

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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