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Kerry's war record may backfire on critics (OOPS)
Those slamming Vietnam hitch may be shooting themselves in the foot

This week in "The Inside Edge," I look at how the dispute over Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry's military record could help him.

I also weigh an ex-football player's chances to be Kerry's running mate; describe an unusual take on politics from some NBA players and fans, and look at how political bestsellers are playing in the polls.

Veteran's benefits
The dustup over Kerry's military records could be just the opportuntity he needs to kickstart his general election campaign.

During the Democratic primary, nothing impressed voters as much as stories of Kerry's war heroism.

For nonprimary voters still getting to know Kerry, few things could burnish his image as much as a conversation about how a young man from Yale chose to fight in Vietnam and ended up winning three Purple Hearts, one Silver Star and a Bronze Medal.

A discussion about Kerry's military service would also persuade many voters to take Kerry's military policy more seriously. Indeed, in pointing out that he personally understands what it means to fight and defend the country -- and even to kill -- Kerry could ease any doubt that he would be soft on terrorism or enemies.

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