Democrats, With Backing From Top Kerry Aides, Openly Criticizing Bush's Guard Record
The Washington Post reports that, before the issue of the documents' authenticity came up, Democrats "unleashed a multi-front attack yesterday on President Bush's National Guard service, as the two political parties escalated a deeply personal fight over the Vietnam War-era activities of both presidential candidates. The Democratic National Committee with the support of John F. Kerry's top campaign advisers joined several liberal groups in asserting that Bush lied about fulfilling his National Guard duties and exploited family ties to dodge combat during the Vietnam War." The Dallas Morning News quotes Kerry spokesman David Wade saying, "The questions that have been raised by independent news organizations and official military documents should be answered by President Bush."
The White House was quick to contend that the Kerry campaign was coordinating the attacks on Bush's National Guard service. USA Today, Kerry spokesman Joe Lockhart responded the Bush camp was "hurling nonsensical, inaccurate and baseless charges.'" The Democratic National Committee, meanwhile, "issued a news release calling Bush 'a liar' who owes Americans a fuller explanation of his military record."
Also yesterday, Kerry "refused to denounce Texans for Truth, a group known by its tax code classification as a 527, for running TV ads that criticize the president's National Guard service," says the Washington Times. Last month, adds the Times, "the Kerry campaign demanded that Mr. Bush denounce ads by another 527, Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which questioned Mr. Kerry's Vietnam service. Asked about the veracity of the anti-Bush ads yesterday, Mr. Kerry twice told an Associated Press reporter: 'That's for the White House to answer.'"