Skip to comments.Dole Defends Swiftees in Call From Kerry
Posted on 08/23/2004 2:03:39 PM PDT by kattracks
Presidential candidate John Kerry telephoned former Sen. Bob Dole Monday morning to complain about Dole's demand a day earlier that he apologize to Vietnam veterans for protesting the war, the one-time Republican presidential candidate revealed Monday afternoon.
"John Kerry called me this morning, which surprised me," Dole told radio host Sean Hannity. "He said he was very disappointed, we'd been friends. I said John, we're still friends, but [the Swiftvets] have first amendment rights, just as your people have first amendment rights.
Dole told Kerry, "I'm not trying to stir anything up, but I don't believe everyone of these people who have talked about what happened are Republican liars.
"And very frankly, Bush is my guy, and I'm tired of people on your side calling him everything from a coward to a traitor to everything - a deserter."
Dole said he urged Kerry, "Why don't you call George Bush today and say, 'Mr. President, let's stop all this stuff about the National Guard and Vietnam - and let's talk about the issues."
Dole said Kerry responded, "I haven't spent one dime attacking President Bush."
But the Republican war hero shot back, "You don't have to. You've got all the so-called mainstream media, plus you've got MoveOn.org. and all these other groups that have spent millions and millions of dollars trying to tarnish Bush's image."
"Don't tell me you don't know what some of these people are doing," he told Kerry.
"Everybody like quiet heroes," Dole added, saying he told Kerry, "John, everybody knows you were in Vietnam and the less you say about it, the better."
Dole said he tried to end the tense conversation cordially by telling Kerry, "I wish you good luck, up to a point."
There must be something in the Viagra! Go Bob Dole!
Dang! The Bobster's pretty hot these days!
Bob, you did good -- now don't go all John McCain on us!
Wow. Man Dole is the shiznick. I think the old boy must be really ticked off at being dragged into this issue by the Boston Globe
Hey Bob, you da Man.............
This is the Bob Dole I remember from the 1970's.
Bob has always been great in these types of exchanges. He really earned his Senate Majority Leader position.
He is also very funny. When Liddy Dole was being named to the Department of Transportation, he quipped "I regret that I have but one wife to give for my country."
Best stuff I've heard from Dole in years!!!!!
Better yet -I wonder what George W. Bush said in his phone call today to John McCain?
"Everbody likes a quiet hero". Bob Dole said it all.
Unbelieveable -- I didn't think Bob Dole had it in him. Goes to show me how bad Kerry really is!
Kerry gets lower by the day and I didn't think that was possible!
I can't find this anywhere else; it's NewsMax and I'm leery.
But if it is true, what on EARTH has gotten into Bob Dole??
By the time this over John the fraud is gonna wish he never heard of Vietnam.
IMHO, the article and headline, is missleading..Dole didn't just "defend" the Swifties"..he gave them complete "cover"..for whatever they said, or will say..because now, any impugning the SBV is an attack on Dole..Bob most definitely has a dog in this fight..
Dole has a tongue that can saw through concrete. He used it effectively today.
Best stuff I have EVER heard from Bob Dole!
High School U.S.A. I think Dole "broke up" with Kerry.
Just heard it on Hannity. Dole Rocks.
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