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  • America Votes

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    Wednesday, March 03, 2004

    GOP paints Kerry as weak on defense 

    Republican strategists are attempting to portray Sen. John Kerry as an ardent foe of many of the nation's best known weapons systems, including Lockheed Martin's F/A-22 Raptor. The GOP hopes its case will resonate with defense-industry workers.

    The Kerry campaign is fighting back, accusing President Bush's political operatives of distorting a strong record on national defense by considering past votes out of context. Kerry's supporters also are trying to turn the tables on the Bush administration by pointing out Vice President Dick Cheney pushed for cuts in weapons programs when he was defense secretary.

    - Dave Montgomery, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    posted by Jim Van Nostrand at 6:05 AM



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