Zengerle, Jason
November 2003
New Republic;11/3/2003, Vol. 229 Issue 18, p13
The author of this article assesses the general likeability of U.S. presidential candidate Howard Dean. Let it be said that there's something unseemly and kind of pathetic about John Kerry's incessant invocation of his service in Vietnam throughout his presidential campaign. Just don't let someone working for Howard Dean say it. Although Dean had a relatively low draft lottery number, he was exempted from military service as a 21-year-old Yale student in 1970 thanks to a bad back. Kerry, by contrast, enlisted in the Navy after his Yale graduation in 1966 and went on to win a Silver Star, a Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts. Does that make Kerry more qualified for the presidency than Dean? No. But it should insulate Kerry from criticism that he's exploiting his military record to advance his political career--at least from someone like Dean.


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