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Boston Globe on Bush "constancy as a National Guard airman" = AWOL
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Answers beat questions
1/23/2004

AFTER ALL THESE years, you'd think the TV people would know how to run a debate. Outrage Number One was the arrogance of Fox News in deciding that the yammering of Chris Wallace, Fred Barnes, and Morton Kondracke was more interesting to voters than the final remarks of Democrats seeking to be president.<snip>

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And Senator John Edwards raised the issue of 35 million Americans living in poverty even though no question was asked on the subject. The panel should have been embarrassed, but didn't seem to be, when Edwards said, "We should talk about it -- and do something about it -- because it's wrong."

Despite a wooden format that included no direct questioning among the candidates, and that discouraged real debate, the candidates made differences clear -- on trade, on Iraq, and on how much of the Bush tax cuts to repeal. But several also insisted that they would not get pinned down answering questions that came from a Republican perspective. "This isn't about gay marriage; it's about jobs," Dean said.<snip>

While many of the questions were self-conscious and overlong, two tough ones went to former General Wesley Clark. He tried to explain that earlier comments supporting the Iraq war were taken out of context. But he had more trouble defending why he stood by when the filmmaker Michael Moore, who was endorsing Clark, called Bush a "deserter" in the Vietnam era. News reports, including some in the Globe, have questioned Bush's constancy as a National Guard airman at the time, but he has not been credibly accused of desertion, a serious charge. Clark should have distanced himself from the remark.
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