Kerry Hits Bush on Bioterrorism Plan

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Kerry Hits Bush on Bioterrorism Plan


Byline: Charles Hurt, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, accused President Bush in a Florida speech yesterday of not doing enough to combat the threat of bioterrorism.

"Every report that has been completed since September 11 has said it is not a question of if an attack will occur, it is a question of when," Mr. Kerry, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, told a Tampa audience. "Why haven't we done everything necessary to be able to be ready for that threat?"

He said Mr. Bush does not have a national strategy for fighting bioterrorism and specifically criticized the president for not naming a single person to oversee a bureau to monitor the threat of bioterrorism.

The campaign event with emergency medical technicians and other early responders is part of an 11-day effort by Mr. Kerry to beef up his national security credentials for combating terrorism, an area in which many polls show him trailing Mr. Bush by considerable margins.

Bush campaign spokesman Steve Schmidt dismissed Mr. Kerry's charges as "baseless and misleading."

He listed the $3. …

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