Kerry promises made in acceptance speech

The following are the main campaign promises made in Massachusetts Senator John Kerry's acceptance speech for the Democratic nomination to run for president in the 2 November election.

    Kerry (L) vowed to make US independent of Middle East oil


    - Invest in new technology and alternative fuels to lessen
    US dependence on foreign oil. 
    - Make America "finally and forever" independent of Middle East oil. 

    - Cut the US deficit in half over four years by ending corporate tax cuts, which he called "corporate welfare." 
    - Offer targeted tax breaks for the middle class. 
    - Roll back tax cuts granted by the Bush administration to people earning over $200,000 a year. 
    - Close tax loopholes to companies moving jobs abroad and give breaks to firms keeping good-paying jobs at home. 
    - Pledged not to privatise Social Security or to cut benefits. 

    Incentives to revitalise manufacturing and investment in technology and innovation. 

    Foreign policy

    - Pledged that as commander-in-chief he would never lead the United States into a preemptive war, only sending troops to battle "a threat that was real and imminent." 
    - Immediately reform intelligence gathering. 
    - Rebuild alliances with other nations. 
    - Ensure the United States would lead the global effort against nuclear proliferation. 


    - Add 40,000 active duty troops. 
    - Double the number of US special forces. 
    - End the military's heavy reliance on National Guard and
    military reservists. 

    September 11 commission

    - Immediately implement the recommendations of the September 11 commission. 

    Health Care

    - Offer incentives that would save families $1,000 a year on health insurance costs.
    - Allow Americans to buy prescription drugs from countries like Canada, where they are often less expensive.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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