First lady Laura Bush said yesterday that campaign advertisements accusing Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry of lying about his Vietnam War record were not unfair.
In an interview with Time magazine released yesterday, Mrs. Bush said ads by a group called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth criticizing Kerry were no different from attack ads that have been aimed at President Bush.
"Do I think they're unfair? Not really. There have been millions of terrible ads against my husband," Mrs. Bush told Time. The Kerry campaign criticized Mrs. Bush's remarks and accused the Bush organization of coordinating with the Swift Boat Veterans, which is barred under campaign finance rules.
"Mrs. Bush's statement in support of the Swift Boat smear ads is more sad evidence that these attacks have been coordinated from the top down at the White House," Kerry spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter said, informs Seattle Times.
According to the Bloomberg, president George W. Bush said Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry's service in Vietnam was "heroic" and he should be "proud of it."
"Going to Vietnam was more heroic than my flying fighter jets," Bush, 58, who served in the Texas Air National Guard, said in an NBC interview. "He was in harm's way and I wasn't."
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