STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Taking a page out of her father's campaign playbook, John Kerry's (search) youngest daughter criticized the Bush administration on Monday for its handling of the crisis in Haiti.
"I believe this administration just helped overthrow, basically overthrow, a democratically-elected president," Vanessa Kerry, 27, said during a campaign stop at Stony Brook University of the ouster of Jean-Bertrand Aristide (search). "We basically, in our silence, allowed him to be deposed."
Aristide left the Haitian capital Port-Au-Prince (search) Sunday for the Central African Republic as rebels poised to storm the city. Upon his arrival, Aristide said U.S. troops had forced him to leave Haiti, an allegation Bush administration officials denied.
Kerry fielded a number of questions from about two dozen students, ranging from issues like the War in Iraq, foreign policy, reproductive rights, and gun control.
The third-year Harvard medical student said she is taking time off from school to work on her father's campaign.
A poll out Monday showed John Kerry with a large lead on Democratic rival John Edwards in New York's primary, one of ten primaries set for Tuesday nationwide. The poll from Marist College's Institute for Public Opinion had Kerry leading Edwards 69 percent to 15 percent, among likely Democratic primary voters. Rev. Al Sharpton was at 5 percent and Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio was at 2 percent.
Kerry's daughter told the students that one of her key interests in joining the campaign was health care.
"I realized that I was entering a profession that was not being invested in, not being taken care of, and not even being talked about by this administration," she said.
Kerry's daughter has made campaign stops at colleges around the country and was scheduled to go to Hofstra University later on Monday.