Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry says President Bush was more concerned about protecting Iraqi oil reserves than safeguarding dangerous weapons in last year’s rush to Baghdad. Kerry issued his sharpest attack yet against President Bush, focusing on news about the disappearance of tons of explosives that had been in an Iraq storage facility. Vice President Dick Cheney yesterday said there was no proof the explosives were still there when U-S troops entered Iraq. “What we’re seeing is a White House that is dodging and bobing and weaving in their ususal efforts to avoid responsibility, just as they’ve done every step of the way in our involvement in Iraq,” Kerry says. Kerry accused Vice President Cheney of becoming the “chief minister of dis-information” and called on the Bush Administration to explain what happened and what they plan to do about it. Kerry says the Bush Administration was warned the weapons site was critical and needed urgent protection, yet Kerry says U.S. military commanders were not told to do protect it, but were told to protect Iraq’s oil. Kerry says the President is incapable of admitting to any mistake in Iraq. “On Iraq, the President just doesn’t see. He doesn’t see it so he can’t fix it. I do see it so I will fix it,” Kerry says. President Bush today accused Kerry of making “wild charges” and being willing to “say anything” to get elected. Kerry made his speech in the Sioux City North High School gym, and held up the school’s newspaper — which had a frontpage story about the student body’s mock election. “I come here and I get a headline like this in the North High News,” Kerry said, holding up the newspaper with its “Kerry Wins” headline. “Not bad…I hope to see that headline all across America next Wednesday.” This evening, Kerry campaigns in Cedar Rapids with rocker Jon Bon Jovi.
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