John Kerry is not backing down from his claim that he “met” with foreign leaders supporting his candidacy. He is, however, expanding the definition of what constitutes a “meeting”:
Kerry later said the issue was not whether he met face to face with foreign leaders or spoke with them by phone or through third parties. Rather, he said, the issue was whether the Bush administration's foreign policy has isolated it from allies and other foreign nations, leaving some leaders yearning for a change in the White House. Nonetheless, Kerry appeared to concede some imprecision in his statements.No!