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  • America Votes

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    Tuesday, February 03, 2004

    Kerry jabs Bush's military service 

    Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry had taken the high road in the renewed debate over whether President Bush had fulfilled his National Guard service during the Vietnam era, reports Matt Stearns of the Kansas City Star.

    But he artfully — and subtly — slipped in the shiv Tuesday night when asked about Bush's service record on Fox News, seeming to lump in those who joined the Guard with those who did not serve.

    "I would defend the president's choice with respect to going into the Guard," Kerry, a decorated Vietnam veteran, said. "I've never made any judgments about any choice somebody made about avoiding the draft, about going to Canada, going to jail, being a conscientious objector, going into the National Guard. Those are choices people make."

    posted by Jim Van Nostrand at 11:13 PM



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