TITLE

STATES OF WAR

PUB. DATE
May 2004
SOURCE
New Republic;5/10/2004, Vol. 230 Issue 17, p10
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The author asserts that political ads from the campaign of President George W. Bush confirm Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry's claim that he has voted against defense bills with pork-barrel spending attached. When John Kerry explains the many nay votes he has cast in the Senate on defense spending measures, he typically justifies them as protests against bills loaded with pork-barrel spending. This week, Kerry got some support for that claim from an unlikely source: the Bush campaign. In a series of ads attacking Kerry for his votes on defense spending, the Bush campaign lists some of the "weapons vital to winning the war on terror" that Kerry opposed. But the list varies according to which media market the ad runs in. The ad running in Maine, for instance, attacks Kerry for voting against the Aegis cruiser--which is built in Bath. The ad airing in Missouri mentions the "C-17 and F-18 jets built here in Missouri." So Kerry isn't only soft on terrorism; perhaps more important, he's tough on swing states.
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