Staff defends Kerry campaign tactics

Sept. 4, 2004 at 1:14 AM

NEW YORK, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Top staffers in the Kerry campaign defend their recent tactics.

Tad Devine, Sen. John Kerry's senior advisor, told the Washington Times that he does not think that the Swift Boat veterans' ads, which attacked Kerry's Vietnam War record, have hurt the campaign.

"Fundamentally, I don't think they reshaped the race at all," Devine said. "If they did, the president would be 10 points ahead, not in a dead-heat horse race."

Devine said that other political opponents have tried to use Kerry's war record and all have ended up regretting it.

Kerry himself attacked President Bush and Vice President Cheney at a news conference immediately after the Republican Convention ended Thursday, saying that people who avoided military service should not attack his ability to be commander in chief.

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