Yago: We hear so much talk about outsourcing. Is globalization helping or hurting the job prospects of people my age?

Kerry: It depends on what job level and where it is. Right now it's hurting because we are not creating enough jobs in America. There are some jobs that we are never going to compete with, and we have to understand that. There has always been a transition in the American economy. The problem with the Bush administration is they haven't provided the investment incentives, they have actually made it worse by creating a deficit that is so large that a lot of people are hesitant to invest because they think there is going to be financial crisis down the road. We need fiscal responsibility, we need an investment policy to create manufacturing jobs in America. I have a tax credit [plan] to do that, and I believe if we push the curve of discovery as we did in the 1990s we can have an extraordinary set of jobs available to young people as they come out of college.

Yago: Let's talk about war, peace and terror. We spoke with your daughter Vanessa, and she said when you told her the story of how you won your Silver Star in Vietnam, you omitted the fact that you had to kill another man, and I was wondering why?

Kerry: [Pause.] I can't remember when I told her the story, but you know, that's the ugly side of war that I think you want to put behind you.

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Yago: OK, our next question is from Brian.

[Tape plays.] Senator Kerry, in the clearest terms, what would be the principal difference between the foreign policy of your administration and that of the Bush administration?

Kerry: Brian, the principle difference will be almost everything. This administration has been arrogant. I think they have been reckless. They have been overly ideological. They have pushed our allies away. I will bring our allies back to us. I will respect the international community — not that we're tying ourselves to it in a way that doesn't allow us to make decisions and protect our own security. But it's important to try and build real coalitions. It's important to bring people to our side. Even the powerful United States of America needs friends and allies on this planet. And I intend to pursue a foreign policy that faces up to realities. For instance, North Korea, George Bush didn't even negotiate, didn't even begin the process for two years. I would never not open the process of real dialogue to see what the possibilities are. He turned his back on global warming, walked away from a treaty that 160 nations worked 10 years on. We should never have just declared it dead. We should've tried to fix it. We haven't done what we needed to do for AIDS globally. The president talks about it, but we still haven't passed the kind of comprehensive program that would help the United States lead on one of the great crises of our time. We haven't done what we need to do for loose nuclear material in Russia, where we ought to be gaining the security of that material so it can't fall into the hands of terrorists. I mean, there are countless numbers of things that we could be doing to enhance the world's view of us and to minimize the kind of anger and ... almost recruitment that has taken place in terrorist organizations as a result of the way the administration has behaved.

Yago: Our next question for you is from Ty.

[Tape plays.] Senator Kerry, I come from a poor, single-parent household. How can a candidate like yourself identify with my needs and those in my community?

Kerry: For years I have been fighting for the underdog. For years I have been fighting for fairness. For years I fought to raise the minimum wage, for the right for people to organize and be able to bargain for a better salary. I have always fought for young people. I went to Harlem years ago and found a bunch of young kids who were working in an old brownstone building, learning the skills of carpentry and masonry and learning how to rehab a house. I took that to Washington and I made it a national program. Now it's called Youth Build, it's in 43 states, 173 cities. It's a great program, and 25,000 young kids have graduated from it, and they are now full citizens in America. These are kids that came out of at-risk programs, off the streets, out of drug problems and gangs and other things. All my life I have been involved in trying to make certain that everybody in America has the kinds of opportunities that I have had. And that's why I fight so hard for education, for after-school programs, for kids, for jobs for ongoing adult education, so people who are later on in life who lose a job can transition to a new set of opportunities.

And if you compare my 20 years of being in the Senate fighting for those things to George Bush's fight, it's like night and day. George Bush keeps rewarding the rewarded, he keeps giving it — the money goes to the wealthy, the breaks go to the drug companies and the oil companies. We just have a very different vision of this country, and I fought very hard to make sure that we have environmental justice in minority communities, that minority communities get their share of federal contracting. I have supported affirmative action, I fought hard to be able to open up the doors of opportunity. I think that we have a separate and unequal school system in America. I fight hard for the full funding of special-needs education, of Head Start, of early childhood education. So you know, the things that define you in life are not where you come from, or what the size of your bank account may be, what defines you is what you spend every waking day trying to do. What defines you are the values that you fight for on a daily basis, and I think that I have fought hard to make this country of ours live up to its promises, and to make this a better world.

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