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Kerry reaches out to King County

Mirror staff

U.S. Sen. John Kerry, bringing his campaign for president to King County this week, spoke to rain-spattered supporters, raised big money and made major statements about his platform.

The Democrats’ presumptive nominee to challenge President George W. Bush in this fall’s election began his two-day visit by addressing a crowd in the rain outdoors Tuesday morning at Pier 62 on the Seattle waterfront. Kerry criticized Bush policies on the Iraq War and energy.

Later in the day, Kerry’s campaign collected $2.2 million from a fund-raising dinner, reportedly a Washington record for a single political event. He also celebrated his wedding anniversary Tuesday and delivered another speech Wednesday before flying to Wisconsin for more campaigning.

In his speech Wednesday in Seattle, Kerry said he would use the United States’ full military force to fight terrorists if he’s elected. He also said diplomacy is preferrable to force when dealing with rogue nations, and that Saudi Arabia leaders should help stem Islamic extremism.

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