If Ed O’Reilly has a chance to debate John Kerry, we’ll learn that Kerry is not a Massachusetts Democrat! That’s what’s motivating Kerry’s avoidance of debates.
On every major issue, John Kerry fails to uphold MA Democratic platform and principles. Here’s a quick summary:
1) Single-Payer Health Care: The Democratic Party gave the country the original single payer systems: Medicaid, Medicare, and the Veterans Health Administration. Massachusetts Democrats continue to advocate for a single payer health system for all citizens. Party Platform
Ed O’Reilly supports single-payer and would sponsor a Senate companion bill to John Conyers’ House bill. John Kerry does not support single-payer and calls for building up the current public/private system (A Call to Service, by John Kerry, p.125-9, Oct 1, 2003).
2) Withdrawal from Iraq: The Massachusetts Democratic Party supports the withdrawal of all U.S. Armed Forces, contractors and sub-contractors; closing of bases; reorganization of reconstruction activities; promotion of a United Nations-led peacekeeping mission; and limiting of U.S. funding to withdrawal and consultations with the Iraqi Government and other governments. Party Resolution
Ed O’Reilly supports the MA Dem position. John Kerry enabled the Iraq invasion.
3) Marriage Equality: MA Dems affirm a commitment to the Massachusetts constitutional guarantee to same-sex marriage; and all of its rights, privileges and obligations; and reject any attempt to weaken or revoke those rights. Platform
Ed O’Reilly is a firm supporter of marriage equality. John Kerry said the MA Dem commitment to marriage equality was a mistake.
4) Fair Taxes: The MA Dem Platform supports tax equity. Platform
Ed O’Reilly strongly criticized the Democratic failure to close the hedge fund tax loophole in 2007. John Kerry refused to support closing the hedge fund tax loophole, suggesting the hedge funds be given a ten-year grace period before the loophole is closed.