'Most Crooked, Lying Group I've Ever Seen,' Kerry Says of GOP

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:30 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - "Let me tell you, we've just begun to fight," Sen. John Kerry told a supporter in Chicago Wednesday. "We're going to keep pounding. These guys [Republicans] are the most crooked, you know, lying group I've ever seen." The supporter responded, " It's scary."

Bush-Cheney campaign chairman Marc Racicot said Kerry ought to apologize for making comments "unbecoming of a candidate for the presidency of the United States of America."

Racicot recalled that on the day Kerry emerged as his party's presumptive nominee, President Bush called to congratulate him. "That goodwill gesture has been met by attacks and false statements," Racicot said in a statement.

It's scary all right, GOP says

Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie also responded to Kerry's comments in a Fox News interview with Neil Cavuto.

"Crooked, lying... those are the kind of things that Sen. Kerry says because he doesn't want to talk about his record in the United States Senate; he doesn't want to talk about the fact that one of his first acts, if he were to be elected president, would be to raise taxes by $900 billion dollars in order to pay for his health care promises; he doesn't want to talk about his votes to cut our intelligence funding by $1-and-a-half billion dollars at a time we most needed them; and so he engages in this kind of name-calling and vicious attacks..."

Gillespie said it's clear that Kerry doesn't want to talk about issues: "He's run a relentlessly negative attack-oriented campaign from the get-go."

The RNC Chairman noted that for the past six months of the Democratic campaign, Republicans have been subjected to a "diatribe."

"Now we've got a dialogue," Gillespie said. "And that's going to change the dynamic considerably as the American people start to lock in on Sen. Kerry's policies."