KERRY FIGHTS BACK….I’ve been getting anguished emails and comments for over a week from people who want to know when John Kerry is going quit lying down and start fighting back against the Swift Boat smear. I have mixed feelings about whether it’s a good idea to dignify this stuff with an answer, but I suppose at this point he doesn’t have much choice. The mud is too deep to ignore.

Anyway, today is the day:

Kerry said the ads, aired by the group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, are funded by a Republican contributor from Texas

“They’re a front for the Bush campaign. And the fact that the president won’t denounce them tells you everything you need to know — he wants them to do his dirty work,” he told a cheering crowd at a meeting of the International Association of Fire Fighters in Boston.

“Of course, the president keeps telling people he would never question my service to our country. Instead, he watches as a Republican-funded attack group does just that. Well, if he wants to have a debate about our service in Vietnam, here is my answer: Bring it on!” Kerry challenged.

New Kerry ads are here.

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