March 22, 2004: Kerry Could Be Favored Over Bush Abroad (AP)

  • “This election will be decided by the American people, and the American people alone,” Kerry adviser Rand Beers said. “It is simply not appropriate for any foreign leader to endorse a candidate in America’s presidential election. John Kerry does not seek, and will not accept, any such endorsements.”
  • Countering him in that TV interview, Richard Perle, assistant defense secretary in the Reagan administration, said foreign interests “are not the same as the interests of the American people, which the president is committed to protecting and defending.”