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Thursday, August 19, 2004

Claim removed from Kerry site

August 18, 2004
In news releases and postings on John Kerry's campaign Web site as recently as last Friday, the Democratic presidential candidate is touted as the former vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Kerry was not vice chairman and the claim has now been removed from Kerry's Web site.

According to the Senate Historical Office, Kerry never had the seniority to hold a leadership position on the committee -- though he was a member from 1993 until 2001. The Kerry campaign says the claim was an error, but did not explain who made the error or how it went undetected. Bob Kerrey -- a former Democratic senator from Nebraska -- did serve as the Senate Intelligence Committee's vice chairman.

"John Kerry, Bob Kerrey -- similar names," said Kerry campaign spokesman Michael Meehan. Republicans were less willing to see the misstatement as an innocent mistake. ... FR Reprint.

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