KERRY: ... let me just say...
STEPHANOPOULOS: Let me ask you another question right now...
STEPHANOPOULOS: ... because, Senator, Howard Wolfson -- excuse me. Let me just ask you another question. Howard Wolfson, Senator Clintonâ€™s former communications director, said that this pick might just work to draw women to the Republican ticket. Are you worried about that?
KERRY: Well, with all due respect to Howard, you know, I have much more respect for the Clinton supporters than that sort of quick-blush take with -- I mean, how stupid do they think the Clinton supporters are, for Heaven sakes?
Do they think Clinton supporters supported Hillary only because she was a woman. For Heaven sakes, they supported Hillary because of all the things sheâ€™s fought for, because she fights for health care, which John McCain doesnâ€™t support; she fights for children and childrenâ€™s health care, which John McCain voted against; she fights for a windfall profits tax on the oil company, which John McCain opposes.
I mean, for Heaven sakes, the people who supported Hillary Clinton are not going to be seduced just because John McCain has picked a woman. Theyâ€™re going to look at what she supports.
The fact that she doesnâ€™t even support the notion that climate change is manmade -- sheâ€™s back there with the Flat Earth Caucus. And I donâ€™t see how those women are going to be fooled into believing -- I think itâ€™s almost insulting to the Hillary supporters that they believe they would support somebody who is against almost everything that they believe in.
STEPHANOPOULOS: OK. KERRY: What John McCain has proven with this choice -- this is very important, George. John McCain wanted to choose Tom Ridge. He wanted to choose Joe Lieberman. He wanted to choose another candidate, but you know what? Rush Limbaugh and the right wing vetoed it.
And John McCain was forced to come back and pick a sort of Cheney-esque social conservative whoâ€™s going to satisfy the base.
What John McCain has proven with this choice is that John McCain is the prisoner of the right wing, not a maverick.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Senator Kerry, Iâ€™m afraid thatâ€™s all we have time for today. Thank you very much for your time.
KERRY: Thank you.