BRAMA, Oct 12, 2004, 9:00 am ET|
Senator Durbin pledges Kerry's support for independent Ukraine at UCCA's 19th Congress
Sen. Dick Durbin (right) with Julian Kulas at the UCCA's 19th Congress.
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin (D) appeared at the Ukrainian Congress Committee of
America Convention in Philadelphia (25 Sept. 2004) to speak on behalf of Democratic
Presidential candidate John Kerry and his running mate John Edwards. He was
introduced by Julian Kulas, Chairman of Ukrainian-Americans for
In his prepared remarks, Senator Durbin spoke knowledgeably
about issues important to Ukrainian-Americans, including the Senate Famine
Resolution (S. Res. 202) which the Bush administration is blocking at the
behest of Russia and Turkey. Senator Durbin, a Lithuanian-American, pledged
that if elected, John Kerry would work vigorously for Ukraine's
continued independence and prosperity, in contrast to the Bush
administration's Russo-centric approach.
Afterward, Senator Durbin stayed to answer questions and chat with convention participants, many of whom noted that the Bush campaign chose not to send a representative or even a written greeting to the UCCA Convention. Kerry supporters pointed out that this was symbolic of the Bush administration approach to Ukraine and the Ukrainian-American community in general and encouraged Republicans as well
as Democrats to work for change.
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