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Kerry Urges Swift Action on 9/11 Commission Recommendations - 2004-07-27


Senator John Kerry says if he is elected president he will immediately act to implement the recommendations of the September 11th commission to protect against another terrorist attack on the United States. Mr. Kerry made his remarks as Democrats continued their party's political convention in Boston.

Senator Kerry continues to campaign in cities throughout the United States as he makes his way to Boston where Thursday he will be formally nominated as the Democratic candidate for president to challenge President Bush in the November election.

Speaking Tuesday in Norfolk, Virginia, the home of the world's largest naval base, Mr. Kerry said the recent recommendations of the 9/11 commission to guard against future terrorist attacks should be implemented now.

Senator Kerry urged President Bush to adopt the panel's proposals immediately.

"This is the reason that we created the 9/11 commission in the first place and that is why when the commission released their report I called for immediate action," he said. "Not talk, not vague promises, not excuses, backpedaling and going slow is something that America can not afford. It will take real bi-partisan leadership and real action to protect this country of ours."

Senator Kerry said the commission should remain on the job for the next 18 months and monitor how well the government is moving to defend the United States against another terrorist attack.

"The president has the authority right now, today, to implement many of the commission's recommendations by executive order and Congress needs to do its part where legislation and or funding are needed," he said. "We can not let politics get in the way of protecting the American people. This is not about partisanship, it is about patriotism."

White House officials say President Bush is moving rapidly to adopt some of the proposals in the commission's report.

Mr. Bush has been holding high-level discussions with top aides and officials say the president may have an announcement within days about adopting a number of the recommendations.

The war against international terrorism is a major issue in the U.S. presidential campaign and officials have repeatedly warned that another large-scale attack could occur before the November election.

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