Skip to comments.Dole Blasts Kerry on Purple Hearts, Urges Apology for War Protests
Posted on 08/22/2004 10:54:07 AM PDT by Carl/NewsMax
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."
Glad to see that Senator Dole is making Bob keep his prescription filled...
Go Bob Dole!
Nobody has ever deserved a world-class ass whipping more than Kerry does.
It does appear they have Kerry by the ping-pong balls. It will be interesting to hear Kaptain Ketchup whine and scream.
Given kerry's Senate attendance record, it's amazing that Dole could even remember his face or name. I sort of expected "kerry who?"
Thank you, Bob Dole, you are still a hero and a brave man.
In the prime of his youth! Thanks for posting these pictures. We should never forget what men like Senator Dole did, and continue to do for us today.
Don't ya just love old bobby! He didn't run a very good campaign but he sure was the better man.
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GREAT response from Dole! If anyone could say what Bob Dole said it would have to be Bob Dole! A real American War Hero!Wonder how long it will take for Kerry to cry that Dole is a Bush supporter? :-)
You're right. It's unbelievable but he makes even Clinton look more honorable.
Simple question how many stitches did they take? If none or a few then there more like boo boos...
excellent, I voted for him, too
I was curious about Bob Dole's take on this issue.
It's gratifying to see a Republican stand on his hind two legs-a rare occurance. That being said, the Old Media will ignore this. Dole's comments will be down the memory hole, or so they think. Once this gets out through the New Media, the Old Media will attempt to smear and destry Dole.
Same old, same old.
Nearly 100% of all Freeps voted for Dole, me included.
"Christmas in Cambodia" sounds like an album title. Maybe Ted and Alice could put a double album together using old cuts or something. That would be fairly cool.
John Kerry: A Navy Dove Runs for Congress
In America, "everybody who's against the war is suddenly considered anti-American," Kerry said. "But I don't think they can turn to me and say I don't know what's going on or I'm a draft dodger." Referring to the House Armed Services Committee, chaired by L. Mendel Rivers (D-S.C.), Kerry said, "I want to go down to Washington and confront Medel Rivers, who never fought in a war.
So Vietnam was just a photo-op for kerry?
Dole is certainly not a partisan hack, and his war injuries earn him the right to make these types of comments. His words carry a lot of weight.
That's the best news,Thank you BOB DOLE!!!