Convention Speech Comparison

Who said what?

1) “I have seen our military — I have seen our military at its finest, with the best equipment, the best training and the best leadership.

I am proud of them. I have had the responsibility for their well-being. And I can promise them now, help is on the way.

Soon our men and women in uniform will once again have a commander-in-chief they can respect… a commander-in-chief who understands their mission and restores their morale.”

2) Let there be no mistake: I will never hesitate to use force when it is required. Any attack will be met with a swift and certain response. I will never give any nation or international institution a veto over our national security. And I will build a stronger American military. […]

To all who serve in our armed forces today, I say, help is on the way.

Answers after the jump:

1) Dick Cheney at the 2000 Republican National Convention.

2) John Kerry at the 2004 Democratic National Convention

Yes, I did omit items that made it obvious who the speaker was in number 2. It’s not terribly out of context, the point of this exercise was to show that we’ve heard these promises of strengthening the military before, only to see it gutted. Given the fact that Kerry voted against funding for troops, I don’t appreciate the verbal stroking that borrows a page from the Republican playbook.

Richard B. Cheney address accepting the GOP nomination for vice president [CNN]
DNC: Transcript of John Kerry’s speech at the Democratic National Convention [Naples Daily News]

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