[eDebate] Bush's Service Record--Setting the Record straight.
Thu Sep 9 12:57:38 CDT 2004
There was another spin on Bush's record in the guard today on a local talk show on WMAL (I don't know hte host, his show airs from 9am to 11:45pm) here in DC. The host, a conservative, who none the less concluded that Bush has some explaining to do about his Guard days, and that, given the evidence, there are reasons to question his claims, did point this out:
Bush has never said "Vote for me because of my service in the Air National Guard." What he has said is "Vote for me for my leadership on and after 9/11." Kerry is the one who is saying "Vote for me becasue of my Vietnam Service." There are differences in the two claims. Only one candidate has based their entire campaign on their military service, and it wasn't W.
Should we look at Bush's Guard service? Sure. Does it mean anything in context today, Post 9-11? No. Should we look at Kerry's service in Vietnam? No. I mean, he went, he served, it was 30 years ago..it should be done. Frankly, if I hear one more thing about Vietnam out of either side, I may vote Libertarian this year...It's disgusting that a Presidential election in 2004 should dwell on the events of the early and mid 70's. Let's talk about the issues today...Please? (Wow, Oh my God, I'm channelling Carville in '92 and '96 when Clinton's Vietnam record was the issue - well, I guess what he said might be true)
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