Kerry, who was campaigning in Arkansas with Wesley Clark spoke by phone to Michael Berg for about ten minutes. Kerry’s camp claimed that Berg had “reached out” to Kerry and that Kerry had returned the phone call. But according to a Kerry campaign staffer, it was the campaign that initiated the call to Berg.
“People in our Pennsylvania operation had contacts with the family,” says the Kerry staffer. “The parents have been active in the anti-war movement. The family was known to some of the groups that do work for the campaign in Philadelphia and the suburbs up there.”
The Bush campaign on several occasions has made a point of highlighting Kerry’s attempts to take political advantage of tragedies that occur in Iraq. “This is another one,” says a Bush campaign staffer. “It’s just another example of Kerry wanting it both ways.”
After the conversation with Berg, there was talk of Kerry traveling to Pennsylvania, a pivotal state in the 2004 election cycle, and attending the Berg funeral. But according to the campaign source, there was a general consensus such a move would be too politically obvious.
In fact, Kerry had been off the phone with Berg less than four minutes before press aides in Arkansas were calling media contacts to leak that the conversation had taken place.
Likewise, Kerry made much of the fact that his staff had to call the White House to arrange for a new time to see the yet unreleased photos of alleged abuse of Iraqi inmates. In fact, Kerry’s Senate staff had failed to make arrangements for the senator to see the films, as other senatorial staffs had done.
“There was nothing different. All Kerry’s staff had to do was make an appointment with the appropriate folks handling things in the Senate,” says a staffer for a conservative Democratic staffer. “Instead, they make it look like the White House was trying to block him or something.”
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