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Local veteran wants Romney to deliver letter
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By Erik Arvidson Sentinel & Enterprise Statehouse Bureau

BOSTON -- Calling the recent attacks on Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kerry's military record "despicable," a group of Massachusetts veterans criticized President Bush on Friday for not actively denouncing the Kerry critics.

Members of the Massachusetts Veterans for Kerry/Edwards traveled to the Statehouse to hand-deliver a letter to Gov. Mitt Romney asking him to help repudiate television ads which call into question Kerry's Vietnam War record.

"We're on a mission here to express our concern about what's been happening with the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, who we regard as the Swift Boat Veterans for Bush," said Doug Clifford, a Vietnam Veteran and state coordinator of Massachusetts Veterans for Kerry/Edwards.

Controversy over Kerry's Vietnam service erupted after a group called the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ran ads in Ohio, Wisconsin and West Virginia saying Kerry's three Purple Hearts and Silver and Bronze Stars for valor were undeserved.

The Massachusetts veterans said the ads were demeaning and represented "the worst kind of politics," and that Bush was "feigning ignorance and uninvolvement" while allowing the attacks to continue.

"No veteran should ever attack another veteran's honorable service. It's just plain despicable," said former Navy Commander William "Bud" Taylor of Leominster, who signed the letter. "I think it's despicable that this president has not denounced these attacks and has shifted the issue from the needs of veterans."

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