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Campaign 2004 / Bush vs. Kerry / Kerry's War Record #762607

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 19, 2004
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(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Report introduced.

(Boston: Brian Rooney) The response from Senator John Kerry to charges he lied about his Vietnam war record featured; details given about the charges from Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a small group angry over Kerry's anti-war protests; con & pro TV political ads shown. [Before firefighters, KERRY - tells President Bush to "bring it on" {a debate about service records}; asserts the group is a front for the Bush campaign.]

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas; Crawford, Texas: Terry Moran) The Bush camp's denial of a link to the Swift Boat independent group & why Bush has not responded discussed.

(Washington: Jake Tapper) The anti-Kerry veterans group's challenges to Kerry's truth-telling featured; details given about what happened on March 13, 1969 when Kerry rescued Jim Rassmann††. ["Unfit for Command" co-author John O'NEILL†- says Kerry fabricates.] [August 5, former swift boat commander Larry THURLOW†- says Kerry embellished.] [Today, via phone, THURLOW - denies we were under extreme fire.] [Former Kerry commanding officer retired Lt. Cmdr. George ELLIOTT†- comments on an inaccurate report.] [RASSMANN - defends Kerry.]

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Further coverage of the controversy on "Nightline" noted.

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Announcement that retiring Democratic Senator Zell Miller will be the keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention reported.

Vargas, Elizabeth;
Rooney, Brian;
Moran, Terry;
Tapper, Jake

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