"We don't do politics at Homeland Security," Ridge said at a news conference, adding that the department's job is to transmit credible information to the public. Those who suggest otherwise have reached "rather cynical" conclusions, he said.
With Boston Harbor behind him, Ridge said the government is doing everything possible to create an unprecedented level of security for the Democratic National Convention, which begins July 26.
"Our goal is to deter any potential attack with multiple layers of security," said Ridge, the former Republican governor of Pennsylvania.
On Tuesday, a search for Democrat John Kerry (news - web sites) on the department's Web site brought up a link to a news release from a GOP congressman critical of the presidential candidate. Government officials blamed a technical glitch at the government's official Web portal.
Some Democrats have accused the Bush administration of playing politics with information about terror threats. Ridge's news conference last week came the same day that Sen. John Edwards (news - web sites) was named as the Democratic vice presidential pick.
Politics or coincidence, which one do you believe in?
(there's no such thing as coincidences)