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Sunday, August 22, 2004

Dole Blasts Kerry on Purple Hearts, Urges Apology for War Protests

I still wish Bob Dole would have won in '96. He would have been a better President and we probably would not be in some of the trouble we are in now if he was president. Dole is a true American hero. He was almost killed in WWII and was in the hospital for years. Unlike Kerry who did not miss any combat days because of his PH. If Kerry would just come out an apologize for his remarks that Vietnam Vets are war criminals , most of this would end. Most of the Vietnam Vets against Kerry are still pisses of because he betrayed his fellow Vietnam Vets with lies of atrocities. I still think that most of the Swift Boat Veterans will still say he is unfit to be president, but it will get a lot more of the Vietnam Vets against him to not be as loud as they are now. And if he would just release his medical records, most of this mess would probably end also. Then we can get to the bottom of the controversy. If not it will only bring down Kerry. which I hopes happens anway, but it will get back to the quesions we need to know now. What is he going to do wiht the War on Terrror, Health Care, and most of the questions we need to know about Kerry as a candidate. Even if all the controversyis not reue, I still would not vote for Kerry, but at least we would get a debate on the troubling issues of today, not about Vietnam that isover 30 years ago.
Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004 1:45 p.m. EDT

Dole Blasts Kerry on Purple Hearts, Urges Apology for War Protests

Severely wounded World War II combat hero Sen. Bob Dole questioned whether John Kerry deserved his three Purple Hearts on Sunday, and suggested that the top Democrat should apologize to his fellow Vietnam veterans for engaging in anti-war protests while they were still fighting the war. "I respect his record - but three Purple Hearts, he never bled that I know of," Dole told CNN's "Late Edition." "They were all superficial wounds."

"As far as I know he never spent one day in the hospital, I don't think he draws any disability pay. He doesn't have any disability. And he's boasting about three Purple Hearts, when you think of some of the people who really got shot up in Vietnam."

Dole, who nearly died as a member of the US 10th Mountain Division from wounds he sustained during the 1944 invasion of Italy, is the nation's foremost champion of veterans causes, recently completing a successful mission to create a World War II memorial on the Capitol Mall this summer.

Drawing on those credentials, Dole called on Kerry to issue a public apology for calling his fellow Vietnam soldiers war criminals during his 1971 Senate testimony, telling CNN, "Maybe he should apologize to all the other two-and-a-half million veterans who served. He wasn't the only one who was in Vietnam."

"I think Sen. Kerry needs to talk about his Senate record, which is pretty thin." Dole added. "That's probably why he's talking about his war record, which is pretty confused."

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