When John Kerry was asked in last week's debate whether he would, as President, take preemptive military action:
Kerry said in the debate that the United States had the right to take preemptive action abroad if it "passes the global test, where your countrymen, your people understand fully why you're doing what you're doing and you can prove to the world that you did it for legitimate reasons."
Asked Monday to clarify what he meant by a "global test", his response was:
"The test I was talking about is a test of legitimacy — not just in the globe, but elsewhere," he said. "If you do things that are illegitimate in the eyes of other people, it's very hard to get them to share the burden and risk with you.
"I will never cede America's security to any institution or any other country. No one gets a veto over our security. No one."
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