Diana Kerry brings Democrats' fight to Holland
6 September 2004, AMSTERDAM — There has never been a greater need for strong leadership in the White House, Diana Kerry said in Amsterdam Sunday as she rallied support for her brother, Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry.
6 September 2004
AMSTERDAM — There has never been a greater need for strong leadership in the White House, Diana Kerry said in Amsterdam Sunday as she rallied support for her brother, Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry.
John and Diana Kerry working to oust Bush
Diana Kerry, 57, is chairwoman of Americans Overseas for Kerry (AOKerry.com) and is visiting several cities in Europe to promote the registration website www.overseasvote2004.com.
She was in Amsterdam on Sunday with AOKerry executive Jim Brenner at the invitation of the local Democrats Abroad branch.
Diana Kerry also praised the initiative of Dutch-based US expat Claire Taylor who set up TellAnAmericanToVote.com to encourage people to get their American friends to register to vote.
Asked what kind of president John Kerry would be for US expats, Diana Kerry told Expatica: "We lived overseas when we were younger and John understands the enormous contribution of US citizens overseas in terms of business and America's reputation."
Diana Kerry, who has also worked as a teacher overseas for many years, said she thought her brother could make the world safer for expats in light of the threat of international terrorism.
"The sad thing is America had the goodwill of the international community after the September 11 terror attacks, but this was squandered by the present administration in just three years."
"I think John Kerry would be a different type of leader, willing to work with other countries to defeat the terrorists," she said.
She said her brother was a patriot who had been decorated for his service in Vietnam, before joining the anti-war movement because he felt the American involvement in Vietnam was wrong.
Asked if he as President would go to war to protect Americans from terrorism, she replied: "He will do what is necessary."
She presided at the European launch of the website in Munich earlier this month. She has also visited London to rally support for her brother among the estimated 260,000 American citizens living in the UK.
During a press conference in Amsterdam, Diana Kerry emphasised that the 2004 election was "probably the most important presidential election in our lifetime."
Asked why this was the case, she said George Bush had the worst record on jobs since President Herbert Hoover (1929-1933). She also said terror and national security policies needed a new direction, adding "I think this is John Kerry's time."
When pressed on specifics of policy an administration might follow, Diana Kerry and Brenner were less forthcoming,
When questioned whether Kerry would alter the current US policy of staunch support for Israel in relation to the Palestinian issue, Brenner replied: "Democrats Abroad in Israel are holding a meeting on Monday evening and you should get your affiliates there to ask them that question."
Later, the media was asked to leave halfway through a public meeting as Diana Kerry was about to begin a questions-and-answers session with the the audience.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news, US elections