Sunday, August 22, 2004

Dole says Kerry went too far

Bob Dole know about honorable service in the nation's armed forces. The former Senator lost use of his right arm in World War II and his war heroism is well-known. Months ago, Dole told Kerry not to go off the deep end on the Vietnam issue. This weekend, Dole discussed his views. Here's an excerpt:

"One day he's saying that we were shooting civilians, cutting off their ears, cutting off their heads, throwing away his medals or his ribbons," Dole said. "The next day he's standing there, 'I want to be president because I'm a Vietnam veteran.' Maybe he should apologize to all the other 2.5 million veterans who served. He wasn't the only one in Vietnam," said Dole, whose World War II wounds left him without the use of his right arm.

Dole added: "And here's, you know, a good guy, a good friend. I respect his record. But three Purple Hearts and never bled that I know of. I mean, they're all superficial wounds. Three Purple Hearts and you're out."

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