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  • America Votes

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    Wednesday, February 11, 2004

    Kerry/Fonda photo stirs controversy 

    A 1970 photo of John Kerry attending an anti-war rally with Jane Fonda has been circulating on the Internet this week, stirring up strong feelings among many Vietnam veterans.

    Kerry was active in the anti-war movement when he returned home from Vietnam service. Fonda told CNN today, "Any attempt to link Kerry to me and make him look bad with that connection is completely false. We were at a rally for veterans at the same time. I spoke, Donald Sutherland spoke, John Kerry spoke at the end. I don't even think we shook hands."

    Kerry's aides point out the rally took place two years before Fonda's infamous trip to Hanoi. The issue's not likely to go away, especially given Democrats' recent attacks on President Bush's National Guard service.

    "Joining the anti-war movement was possibly the worst thing (Kerry) could have done to the soldiers still in the field," Ted Sampley, publisher of the U.S. Veteran Dispatch, told The Washington Times. "He basically gave aid and comfort to the enemy."

    - Jim Van Nostrand, Knight Ridder Digital

    posted by Jim Van Nostrand at 7:00 PM



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