"Interview With John Kerry, Teresa Heinz Kerry
Aired July 8, 2004 - 21:00 ET
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KING: Good evening. Welcome to a special edition of LARRY KING LIVE here in New York with Senator John Kerry, who's frequently appeared on this show, and Teresa Heinz Kerry, her first appearance on this show. We thank you both very much for coming.
Let's get to, first thing's first, news of the day. Tom Ridge warned today about al Qaeda plans of a large-scale attack on the United States, didn't increase the -- do you see any politics in this? What's your reaction?
KERRY: Well, I haven't been briefed yet, Larry. They have offered to brief me; I just haven't had time. But all Americans are united in our efforts to defeat terrorism.
I believe that John Edwards and I can wage a far more effective war on terror than George Bush has. I think we can do a better job of making America safe. But in these days ahead, we all join together no matter what.
KING: So, you don't question the timing of this? Some are.
KERRY: It's not for me to do. I think that what's important is for the terrorists to understand that I and John Edwards will wage, using every tool available to us, the most effective war possible against terrorism.
KING: When do you get...
KERRY: And they -- the American people are going to decide this race, not terrorists. And they need to know that.
KING: When do you -- when do you get your briefing?
KERRY: We're arranging it. It's at the end of the week I'll get it.
KING: Should be pretty soon.
KERRY: I think it's tomorrow or the next day.