Kerry Takes Swift Boat Vets’ $1M Bet
Posted on Nov 21, 2007
It may be a few years too late, but Sen. John Kerry is going after the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which launched a multimedia assault to besmirch his Vietnam War record before the 2004 presidential election. Kerry has taken SBVT sympathizer T. Boone Pickens’ offer to pay $1 million to anyone who could disprove the group’s claims, and, as this letter posted on the John Kerry for U.S. Senate Web site shows, Kerry is not about to let Pickens change the terms of the bet.
John Kerry for U.S. Senate:
As I’ve said to you before, I am prepared to prove the lie and marshal all the evidence, the question is whether you are prepared to fulfill your obligation—no variations, no back pedaling, no retreat, no new bets, no changing the subject.
The only thing remaining now is to set the date for our meeting in an appropriate forum, after which I look forward to you keeping your word and writing a check for one million dollars payable to the Paralyzed Veterans of America so that we can put your money to good work for veterans who have returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
For the record: Sen. John Kerry’s Vietnam War service was smeared, he still insists, by advertisements by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, and now he’s out (during another election season) to set the record straight. Kerry is shown above testifying before Congress after his return from Vietnam.