DATE: 4/20/2004 09:37:00 AM
Don't Take Me Seriously - On "Meet the Press," Tim Russert asked John Kerry if the senator would release all of his military records, as President Bush has done. Kerry's response - "I have" and added that "people can come and see them at headquarters." The Boston Globe used Kerry's statement as an opportunity, and sent a reporter to view the records.
The reporter was told no records are available.
Kerry has made much of his service in the military during the Vietnam War. His campaign rhetoric implies that his wartime service gives him more experience in national security than members of the Bush administration who did not serve. The Kerry campaign has invested much in its attempt to portray the senator as a war hero. Kerry's refusal to release his entire military record raises an obvious question - is there something in those records that contradicts the image he's attempting to create?
The media should demand that Kerry open his military record. After all, during the "Bush AWOL" furor, the chairman of Kerry's party was demanding the same of the president. Does Terry MacAuliffe expect any less of his own candidate?