Reuters reports that President Bush, campaigning in Florida with Senator John McCain, said this about Kerry's admission that knowing what he knows now he would still vote to authorize the war in Iraq.
"Now, almost two years after he voted for the war in Iraq, and almost 220 days after switching positions to declare himself the anti-war candidate, my opponent has found a new nuance," Bush said. "He now agrees it was the right decision to go into Iraq."
"After months of questioning my motives, and even my credibility, Senator Kerry now agrees with me that even though we have not found the stockpiles of weapons we all believed were there, knowing everything we know today, he would have voted to go into Iraq and remove Saddam Hussein from power. I want to thank Senator Kerry for clearing that up," Bush said.
According to the Associated Press, Kerry's admission came after President Bush challenged him for a yes-or-no answer to the question of whether he would have supported the invasion "knowing what we know now" about the failure to find weapons of mass destruction:
"I have given my answer. We did the right thing and the world is better off for it," the president said last Friday.
In response, Kerry said, "Yes, I would have voted for the authority. I believe it was the right authority for a president to have."