8/18/04 11:00 AM EST
Kerry Criticizes MoveOn Ad Questioning Bush's Military Service
As the group "Swift Veterans For Truth" continues its attacks on Sen. Kerry for allegedly misrepresenting his military record, the New York Times reports this morning that the Democratic candidate "denounced an advertisement by the liberal group MoveOn.org questioning President Bush's Vietnam-era service in the Air National Guard yesterday, a move likely to raise pressure on President Bush to condemn a recent commercial accusing Mr. Kerry of lying about his war record." The new MoveOn ad, "running in three states, accuses Mr. Bush of using family connections to get into the Air National Guard to escape combat in Vietnam and revisits accusations that he did not adequately meet his service requirements - charges that he denies." On Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, commentator and Michael Dukakis campaign manager Susan Estrich called the MoveOn ad "a brilliant political move. . . . What they're trying to do is say to President Bush, look, you take political responsibility for this. If you were to stand up and say take this ad off the air, they would. So you say it. And if you don't say it, we'll punish you for it. Meanwhile, John Kerry puts out a statement, saying I condemn my friends, so you have to condemn your friends."