Appearing on "Imus in the Morning" Thursday on the Fox Business Network, John Kerry tried to brush aside his previous statement that voters don't pay much attention to what's going on and are easily swayed by a "simple slogan." Instead, he decried politicians and the overall political process and said voters can't help but be upset and uninterested.
After Imus asked Kerry if his previous comments were a good idea, Kerry didn't back down: "That's what I just said. The politics and the money chase have reduced this thing--I don't blame people for not paying attention."
"They don't think we're dealing with the real problems. And I think they're tired of the consultants and the money and everything reducing their lives to these very simplistic, non-factually based, sloganeering campaigns," he said.
"I think it's an accurate thing," he added, "they are turned off to the process."
Last week, Kerry told the Boston Herald that, “We have an electorate that doesn’t always pay that much attention to what’s going on so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what’s happening."
He shrugged off those comments as newspaper spin and added that if there is anyone to blame for an uninterested electorate it is "the political system itself and the people in it like myself and others who haven't succeeded in changing that."
He then shifted toward talking about a failed energy bill, and blamed a "simplistic approach of the political process," suggesting that the idea failed because Republicans demonized it and people bought into the idea.
You can view all of Kerry's appearance below (separated into three segments):