Source: Associated Press
On October 21, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "major American Muslim groups gave what they called a 'qualified endorsement' Thursday to Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, urging Muslims to vote for him while calling his platform on civil rights inadequate. The American Muslim Taskforce had been leaning against backing a candidate, but some members felt not making an endorsement could inadvertently help President Bush... Yet, the group also expressed disappointment in Kerry, urging Muslims to vote for him only as a 'protest vote.' Kerry 'has so far failed to explicitly affirm support for due process, equal justice and other constitutional norms,' they said."