Skip to comments.Arizona congressman doesn't find anti-Kerry ads inappropriate
Posted on 08/07/2004 12:57:55 PM PDT by dano1
U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe, R-Ariz., said he doesn't find ads accusing Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry of lying about his military service inappropriate.
"If Senator Kerry can trot out his people on stage that he served with to use as an endorsement of his military service, then it's not inappropriate for others who also served with him to question whether his service is all it's made up to be," Kolbe said Friday.
Kolbe said he got to know Kerry during his year as a naval communications officer and later as an operations officer in Vietnam.
The 60-second ad is scheduled to air in a few markets in Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
It was paid for by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, an advocacy group made up of former military officers and enlisted men who served in Vietnam on Navy Swift boats or in affiliated commands.
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If elected Federal representative talk about this, it will stay in the news cycle. I'd hope for an accurate airing by the news media, but that is beyond their ability and/or demeanor.
Wow. Kolbe is, by far, the most liberal of the AZ pubbies. I never would have expected him to make a statement like this. Kerry's war crime allegations must have really rubbed Kolbe the wrong way.
and then at the same time to say that Kerry's record in Vietnam is isn't even appropriate for discussion by those who served alongside him.
The Democrats have to decide which rules of protocal for the debate are correct, and follow them.
No, the DEMs don't choose protocol. It is simply proper to point out that the DEMs are void of protocol, that they have no moral or ethical boundary to their conduct.
If the people vote for that, well, crap.
Who gave the Democrats this power?
Kerry opened this Pandora's box by promoting the unfounded allegations about W missing weekend National Guard Service.
When is McCain up for re-election??
Until this week, I could tolerate him, knowing he was a Repub.
After hearing him try and stop fellow Vietnam veterans from exercising their First Amendment right, I would move to Arizona just to vote against him.
McCain makes me ill.
I just mean that there shouldn't be one set of rules for the Democrats and another set of rules for the Republicans.
Will this story fade as fast as Sandy Berger and his theft of documents? We hear nothing of that now, but the Shelby allegations are still being talked about. I hope this will not be quickly buried like so much else about Kerry and other Democrats.
Only if you and I let it!
IMHO the testimony about war crimes that Kerry and others did is what is going to keep coming back at him. (Assuming that Kerry lied about this.)
He's a politician of the worst sort. 'nough said.
Excellent. Kolbe is my rep and I'm pleased to see him say this.
I'll add that McCain made his (idiotic) statement two days ago, now. I and others called his office to protest.
Right you are. If Kerry survives this assault of truth he will be unstopable. That which doesn't kill his chances only makes him sronger. Remember how the "intern trouble" faded and made him stronger. When one sets out to kill the king one dare not miss or retreat.
Hmm. I bet Kolbe has some dirt on Kerry.
Plus Kerry is making his service the main reason he says people should vote for him AND uses a picture that includes some of these men in his campaign ads. A picture they have asked for some time now that the campaign cease and desist from using.
You are correct that the hammering Bush took over speculative charges on his service set the stage for this Kerry saga to be thoroughly vetted. And unfortunately for Kerry, there seems to be reason, unlike with Bush, to really question his history in this area.
And yet McCain, just before he was scheduled to spend a few days making campaign appearances with Bush, feels the need to attack the ad in the strongest terms possible.
Something not right about McCain. It's like he wants to be a major player - anyway he can.
Are the Pubs really better-off with him? I'm not so sure. I wish he would go ahead and switch to the Dems already - let them deal with him - and him with them.
Waxman is trying to stop the Congressional hearing on Berger from proceeding saying there's an ongoing DOJ investigation. Can't have Congress asking questions that the public may hear, can we? Unfortunately for Waxman and his ilk, the DOJ said people are free to testify before the committee.
It's out there.
I thought for sure it would be JD Heyworth
As to Shelby, I hear nobody talking about that one.
I think this is where McCain is coming from, again showing his lack of good judgment regarding what is right or true:
March 18, 2004
McCain won't join in GOP criticism of Kerry
Mike Sunnucks -- The Business Journal
Arizona Sen. John McCain Thursday said he would not join in Republican criticisms of Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.
McCain said he is pleased to co-chair President George W. Bush's Arizona re-election effort with fellow GOP Sen. Jon Kyl but he won't attack Kerry.
"John Kerry is a friend of mine therefore I don't wish to criticize him," McCain told reporters at the Arizona State Capitol....
Apparently President Bush isn't a friend of McCain's since McCain is more than happy to criticize him.
McCain = Slimy
We all need to chant at every Kerry Rally
ONE EIGHT OH!
Maybe then enough pressure will be put on him to do what he and all the DIMs fears doing the most. Having his own records prove the Swifties 100% right.
Kolbe is usually like McCain and that's why the press contacted him. He's usually good for a few shots at his own people. He's a big time lib.
Trouble is, Randy Graf has him running scared. Graf is a genuine conservative, and is taking on Kolbe in the primary. Now Kolbe is flooding my house with mailers that try to link himself to Bush, even saying "Hi neighbor, I'm so glad to represent you." It's putrid and pathetic, coming from this pink rino. He usually thumbs his nose at us and does whatever he wants, just like McCain. And the Crats are so delighted they don't run anybody against him.
Vote for Randy Graf, people. Let's get rid of at least one of our stinkers here in AZ this year.
McCain has always been a hothead that holds a grudge and he just can't get over being beaten by Bush.
A couple of years ago it got so bad that a bunch of top McCain staffers threatened to resign if he didn't cool it.
The only reason we are currently better off with McCain is because we need his seat for a majority in the senate. If we can ever gain a few more seats, we would be better off dumping him.
McCain will never switch on his own. He knows he has more chances to get on TV when he can be used as a propaganda tool by left-wing media. He wouldn't be as valuable to them as just another democrat.
"DITTO" Who would have thought Kolbe would be on this side? I am amazed and happy to see this.
This year the wife and I will split the ticket and vote against McCain. He will win, but it will be without us.
Just because 95% of the Stone-age press is going to vote for Kerry, doesn't mean they can't be objective!!
Pray for W and Our Troops
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