MoveOn PAC Ad Criticizes Bush's National Guard Record
An ad called "Swift Response," from the group MoveOn.org, "attempts to link Bush to an ad released two weeks ago by an organization called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth," reports USA Today this morning. MoveOn PAC says its ad "will be shown in markets where the Swift Boat Veterans' commercial is being seen smaller cities in Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin and on CNN." The Washington Post says the ad "begins by attacking President Bush's military record." The ad narrator says, "George Bush used his father to get into the National Guard, and when the chips were down, went missing. Now he's allowing false advertising that attacks John Kerry, a man who asked to go to Vietnam and served with dignity and heroism." Bush campaign spokesman Steve Schmidt "called MoveOn 'an extremist organization' making 'completely baseless attacks.'"
Credibility Of Kerry's Vietnam Service Becomes Issue.
The Los Angeles Times this morning runs a lengthy story analyzing the controversy over attacks on Sen. Kerry's war record. The ad "and the people behind them have become staples of conservative talk shows and Internet sites. The claims that Kerry lied about his war experiences, didn't deserve his medals and betrayed soldiers everywhere by protesting the war after serving in it also have been recited in the mainstream media, along with denials of the allegations." The Times adds that "what military documentation exists and has been made public generally supports the view put forth by Kerry and most of his crewmates that he acted courageously and came by his Silver Star, Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts honestly." However, "what actually happened about 35 years ago along the remote southern coast of Vietnam remains murky. Some of Kerry's own recollections over the years, as presented in two biographies and many interviews, also have been inconsistent."