GREENSBORO, N.C. – Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry (search) unveiled a new tack against President Bush this week, arguing that the W. in George W. Bush stands for "wrong."
He got so carried away with the idea that when he turned to attack the Treasury secretary on outsourcing of American jobs, he called him "John W. Snow."
"Well, he's wrong too," Kerry said to a chuckling audience.
Turns out John Snow's middle initial is W., which stands for William.
At the same Greensboro meeting with voters, Kerry urged supporters to put aside politics and study the truth about health care, the economy and issues that effect their daily lives.
"Go to a web site. It can be johnkerry.com or go some other place. Go to truth.com, if there is one, and find out what's really happening," Kerry said.
There is one. The address www.truth.com takes voters to Truth Hardware, makers of residential and light commercial windows and doors since 1955. The company manufactures a complete line of hinges, locks, operators and remote controlled power window systems.
Bob Johnson raised his hand at a stop in Rochester, Minn., to ask Kerry about clean air and clean water, prompting Kerry to make an observation about the state's population.
"You guys have a lot of Johnsons up here, don't you. I've met a lot," Kerry said.
"We've got more Johnsons than good Republicans," Johnson replied.
"Well that's good. We like that," Kerry said.
On a bus tour through Ohio, the Democratic presidential candidate struck a nostalgic tone as he stopped in Mansfield and delivered a quick pep talk to the Mansfield Tygers high school football team as they warmed up for their game.
After tossing a football back and forth with a couple of players, Kerry told them he had learned a lot about himself playing college sports, learning how to dig inside and "find that extra piece of push."
"No matter what you do the rest of your life — you go on to play college ball or you don't play college ball — you'll never forget the experience of playing as a team and winning as a team and being out there and testing yourself this way," Kerry said. "It's a great, great part of life."
It's not all fun and games, piped up astronaut and former Ohio Sen. John Glenn, traveling with Kerry's campaign.
"Whether you play college ball or not, get your education," he told the students.
Kerry quickly agreed.