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Drawing Blood

by | 24th, August 2004

‘IF Americans were known as masters of irony, attacks by George Bush’s supporters on Presidential hopeful John Kerry’s war record would be cause for no little smirking and knowing laughter.

George Bush singlehandedly won the Vietnam war

But Americans have no such reputation on this side of the Atlantic.

The adverts running on US telly, where a group calling itself the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth (SBVT) questions Kerry’s Vietnam record, are delivered and taken with no hint of salt.

Such attacks are in themselves no new event, and the Times is right when it reports that, ever since Kerry formerly accepted the role as the Democrat Party’s Presidential candidate, his record in the Vietnam War has come under intense scrutiny.

The news is that such negative campaigning appears to be working with the Times reporting that a poll commissioned by the US broadcaster CBS shows support for Kerry among veterans down by ten points.

His lead over Texas/Alabama National Guard veteran Bush has been cut back from five points to just one.

But just as things are turning in Bush’s favour, the Independent hears him say that Kerry ‘ought to be proud of his record’.

He also called on such commercials as that produced by the SBVT and financed by ‘soft money’ to be banned.

And that’s noteworthy since, as the Times says, although the Bush campaign has not funded the adverts, they have been financed by Texans linked to the White House and the Bush clan.

But while we mull over that and

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