"I gave back, I can't remember, 6, 7, 8, 9 medals," Kerry said in an interview on a Washington, D.C. news program on WRC-TV's called Viewpoints on November 6, 1971, according to a tape obtained by ABCNEWS.It's ironic that his actions in 1971 protesting the war and accusing American soldiers of atrocities, the actions that brought him to national attention in the beginning, are now coming back to bite him. Wait until some conservative specialinterest group puts together an ad about this. And they will.
Throughout his presidential campaign, Kerry has denied that he threw away any of his 11 medals during an anti-war protest in April, 1971.
His campaign Web site calls it a "right wing fiction" and a smear. And in an interview with ABCNEWS' Peter Jennings last December, he said it was a "myth."
But Kerry told a much different story on Viewpoints. Asked about the anti-war veterans who threw their medals away, Kerry said "they decided to give them back to their country."
Kerry was asked if he gave back the Bronze Star, Silver Star and three Purple Hearts he was awarded for combat duty as a Navy lieutenant in Vietnam. "Well, and above that, [I] gave back the others," he said.
Monday, April 26, 2004
ABC has unearthed a video of Kerry in 1971 talking about the medals he purportedly threw away in an anti-war protest. Oops, here's another flip-flop by Kerry. Or an outright lie, if you prefer.
Posted by Betsy Newmark at 5:47 AM