Volunteering for Vietnam

VOLUNTEERING FOR VIETNAM….I’ve gotten a couple of emails claiming that RNC chairman Marc Racicot was on NPR this morning and said (paraphrasing), “President Bush volunteered for duty in Vietnam, but wasn’t chosen.”

Did anyone else hear this? Did Racicot really have to gall to say this?

You know, I’m fine with Bush’s supporters saying his National Guard duty was finished honorably, and I’m fine with them attacking John Kerry’s record on national security. That’s what they’re supposed to do.

But claiming that Bush volunteered to go to Vietnam? When he specifically declined to volunteer for overseas duty when he joined the Guard in 1968? Give me a break.

UPDATE: Yep, he said it. Josh Marshall has more here.

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