Kerry Stands By His Man Imus

By Matthew Zavala

Apr 17, 2007 2:38pm

ABC News’ Matthew Zavala Reports: In an interview with NY1 News political anchor Dominic Carter, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., said that he disagreed with the ousting of Don Imus over his racial remarks.

Kerry, a frequent visitor to Imus’ show said, "I think that the punishment has to fit the crime so to speak. I think a long suspension, or a strong suspension met with his appropriate level, given that the team forgave him."

The former presidential nominee also told NY1, "They made the judgment that they thought he was genuine and they felt they could forgive him. And I think it was appropriate to pay a price on the airwaves but I’m not sure that it was appropriate to say you’re off forever."

Though Imus has been taken off the airwaves by MSNBC and CBS, there is always the possibility that he could get another radio program. When Kerry was asked if he would appear on a potential future Imus show, Kerry said, "It would depend on what the context of the show was obviously. If he goes back to doing the same old same old I’d have trouble doing that, but if it’s a different show and he says it’s going to be different sure."

Kerry’s most recent appearances on Imus’ show occurred on February 12, 2007 via telephone and an in-studio appearance with his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, on March 23, 2007 to discuss their book.

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