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04/18/04 - Miami

Kerry remains firm on economic plan

Senator John Kerry is sticking with his promise to create ten million jobs while cutting the federal deficit in half.

However, during an hourlong appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," the Democratic presidential candidate conceded that ballooning deficits could force him to scale back his economic plan.

Kerry was interviewed in Miami, where the senator is opening a three-day campaign swing through Florida, the battleground for the disputed election of 2000. In a nod to local politics, Kerry says he opposes lifting the embargo against Cuba, though he favors talks with that country.

He also says he supports President Bush's Mideast initiative, including a ban on the rights of Palestinians to return to their homeland.

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