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."
Wolf Blitzer is talking to Bob Dole now on the phone and Bob's saying the same. Go, Bob, Go!!!
Kerry blabbers more about being a Vietnam war "hero" in a day than Dole talked about his WWII combat during ALL of his 1996 campaign.
Bush, Dole = good cop, bad cop.
Well, it is literally the campaign's money, or the donor's money, etc.
I think Dole will be ready this time.
I don't know what got into Bob Dole - but I watched him saying these things on FNC this afternoon.
I heard the interview on Hannity this afternoon. It's a pretty good synopsis on what Dole said.
A live thread was going on during the Dole interview as well as Hannity interviewing POW Paul Galanti
Both war heroes will be on Hannity & Colmes tonight.
This guy Bob ought to run for president....;^)
Bob Dole ping.
Dan Ackroyd did the best Bob Dole. It had more of an edge.
Save that thought for Hillary.
I wonder if in that original photo of the women in burkas, the photographer said "Smile!"...
God Bless Bob Dole.
God Bless the Swift Vets, and please donate to them if you haven't or want to make another contribution.
being slaughtered, like a good soldier, by facing clintong's insulting "bob's not a war hero" and "my dick don't need viagra" type of insults.
in a lot of ways... bob dole, did defeat clintong.
he displayed by contrast, the traitorous pos, on a background of the "quiet hero" of yesteryear.
F bill clintong and his slimeball machine manufacturer, soros.
screw kerry the kommie, and poster boy for traitorous lying deserters under fire, that spit on the Dole's of the US Military and their valor, honor and righteousness under fire.
Coward Communist Comrade Cerry...
somebody needs to lance the oozing puss filled boil on the American ass left by these hanoi loving communists.
Dole got out his scalpel this weekend.
Kerry and his campaign look more and more like a disease ridden pile of rat crap every single day.
Bob just finished with CNN. Told them the same thing as reported above.
Bob Dole is really coming through for George Bush. Big Time.