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John Kerry just scuttled his own campaign

Kerry’s campaign just issued a statement on the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth controversy. Dumb move.
This is the beginning of the end. Kerry can’t afford to have any attention focused on his twenty-year record in the Senate … or on his wealthy 527 money machine … or on his incomplete military records … or on his “Christmas in Cambodia” lie … or on his magic hat story and his various fallback stories that don’t stand up to scrutiny. The mainstream media has been trying very hard to keep this all out of the public eye, thus protecting Kerry.
So what did Kerry just do? He focused attention on the Swift Boat controversy. Dumb, dumb, dumb.
OK, John, if you insist.

Kerry Statement on Bush Front Group ‘Swift Boat Veterans for Truth
To: National Desk, Political Reporter
Contact: Chad Clanton or Phil Singer, Both of Kerry-Edwards 2004, 202-464-2800;
BOSTON, Aug. 19 /U.S. Newswire/ — During a speech at the International Association of Fire Fighters Convention today, Sen. John Kerry (news – web sites) made the following statement in response to attacks from the Bush campaign front group “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth:”
“Over the last week or so, a group called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth has been attacking me. Of course, this group isn’t interested in the truth – and they’re not telling the truth. They didn’t even exist until I won the nomination for president.
“But here’s what you really need to know about them. They’re funded by hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Republican contributor out of Texas. They’re a front for the Bush campaign. And the fact that the president won’t denounce what they’re up to tells you everything you need to know – he wants them to do his dirty work.
“Thirty years ago, official Navy reports documented my service in Vietnam and awarded me the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts. Thirty years ago, this was the plain truth. It still is. And I still carry the shrapnel in my leg from a wound in Vietnam.
“As firefighters you risk your lives every day. You know what it’s like to see the truth in the moment. You’re proud of what you’ve done – and so am I.
“Of course, the president keeps telling people he would never question my service to our country. Instead, he watches as a Republican-funded attack group does just that. Well, if he wants to have a debate about our service in Vietnam, here is my answer: ‘Bring it on.’
“I’m not going to let anyone question my commitment to defending Americathen, now, or ever. And I’m not going to let anyone attack the sacrifice and courage of the men who saw battle with me.
“And let me make this commitment today: their lies about my record will not stop me from fighting for jobs, health care, and our security – the issues that really matter to the American people.”