Harkin also shot back at Cheney, who said in a visit to Iowa on Tuesday that presidential candidate John Kerry lacks a basic understanding of the war on terrorism and cannot make America safer.
He noted that Cheney had several student deferments that allowed him to skip serving in Vietnam.
“When I hear this coming from Dick Cheney, who was a coward, who would not serve during the Vietnam War, it makes my blood boil,” Harkin said. “Those of us who served and those of us who went in the military don’t like it when someone like a Dick Cheney comes out and he wants to be tough. Yeah, he’ll be tough. He’ll be tough with somebody else’s blood, somebody else’s kids. But not when it was his turn to go.”
David James, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, dismissed Harkin’s attacks.
“His shrill negative attacks did nothing to get Howard Dean elected or get the nomination during the caucuses,” James said, referring to Harkin’s endorsement of the former Vermont governor before the Iowa caucuses.”
I hope the Democrats plan on running a veteran for every office in the future. Otherwise, there is going to be hell to pay after the way they have been employing the ‘chickenhawk’ meme.