Yago: Let's take another question from one of our viewers. Her name is Meredith and she had a question about one of your heroes.

[Tape plays.] Senator Kerry, I heard you were really inspired by John F. Kennedy. Who do you think is an inspirational figure for my generation?

Kerry: Boy, that's a good question. You know, it's just a different time right now. As I talk to my daughters, who are recent graduates of college and out there, they tell me that a lot of young people just don't have that kind of feeling right now. Certainly not about politics. And I regret that. That's one of the things that I would like to change. I mean, Howard Dean and I just did a rally here at George Washington University, talking to young people about making politics relevant again. And a lot of what I would like to achieve in this race comes out of the inspiration of my own experience when a candidate for president, and then a president, challenged us to become involved and change the system. You know, young people have so much more power than they tend to think to be able to affect politics. And if people will organize and get involved and go out and knock on doors and hand out leaflets and make a change, then they can determine the future. And that's what I think is at stake in this race. I hope I can inspire young people to care about the system in this race, certainly in terms of politics. I know there are a lot of musicians and a lot of artists and there are a lot of writers and other people who inspire young people, but I'd like to see somebody in political life be able to connect and make these choices that we need to make in Washington real in terms of people's lives.




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Yago: Just to paraphrase her question, any of those writers or musicians that you think would do a good job serving in office?

Kerry: Sure there are. Of course there are people, absolutely. I mean, I'll tell you. Carole King, who has been out campaigning for me hard in Iowa, New Hampshire and various places, is as knowledgeable about the issues as anybody I have ever seen. And she has been campaigning her heart out, not just doing concerts for me, but going and talking and spending most of her day meeting with people and engaged. There are unbelievable numbers of people in the world of arts who could serve well, but I think a lot of them are turned off by the system, unfortunately, and I don't blame them to some degree.

Yago: Our next question is from Michael, and I'm going to let him ask it.

[Tape plays.] Senator Kerry, were you cool in college? And are you cool now?

Kerry: [He laughs.] Well, if I were cool and I told you I was cool, I wouldn't be cool. So look, I don't know what I was in college. I was just like every other kid in college, trying to get by, and probably, you know, made all my share of mistakes in trying to do that. It's up to you, Michael, and other people to judge whether anything I do today is cool. I enjoy what I do, that's the main thing. I love to go ... You know, I just came back from vacation. I was snowboarding. I love to fly. I'm a pilot. I play hockey. I had a great time playing with the old-time Boston Bruins a few months ago in New Hampshire during the campaign. I don't know if I was cool, but to me that was cool, to play with those guys. And it's just fun. My daughter would probably tell you I'm a freak at times, so ...

Q&A With Vanessa Kerry


Gideon Yago also sat down with John Kerry's daughter Vanessa, who's taking time off from medical school to help spread her father's message to young people. Click here to read about what it's like being the daughter of a presidential candidate.

Yago: Well, we know that you were into rock and roll when you were in high school, and we know that you play the guitar now. Are there any trends out there in music, or even in popular culture in general, that have piqued your interest?

Kerry: Oh sure. I follow and I'm interested. I don't always like, but I'm interested. I mean, I never was into heavy metal. I didn't really like it. I'm fascinated by rap and by hip-hop. I think there's a lot of poetry in it. There's a lot of anger, a lot of social energy in it. And I think you'd better listen to it pretty carefully, 'cause it's important. I still find the musicians of our generation are appreciated and extraordinarily relevant to most of the young people I talk to today. When I go to a Bruce Springsteen concert or when I did go to the Grateful Dead, when Jerry Garcia was still alive, or when I'd go to the Rolling Stones, for instance, it's all gens — there's a lot of people there of all generations. And I think that young people are still growing up appreciating an awful lot of the music that came out of our generation, '60s and '70s. But I love to play guitar and hack around. I was in a band when I was in high school. I never learned to play very well, but I enjoyed it. And we had fun. So I try to stay up with it. But I still think if you wanted me to choose the greatest ... the bands from the '60s and '70s, that's still where my head is.


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