"The chickenhawk has no idea what it means to have the courage to put your life at risk to defend this nation," Lautenberg said on the Senate floor. "But they are quick to disparage those who did sacrifice."
In his speech, Lautenberg, D-N.J., defined chickenhawk "as having the shriek of a hawk but the backbone of a chicken."
"We know who the chickenhawks are," he said. "They talk tough on national defense and military issues and cast aspersions on others, but when it was their turn to serve, they were AWOL from courage."
Kerry has said that President Bush and Cheney have no credibility in criticizing his military service and anti-war effort since Bush has faced questions about his National Guard attendance and Cheney had five student and marriage deferments of service during the war.
Kerry, a decorated Navy veteran who volunteered to serve in Vietnam, said he does not begrudge anyone who did not fight in the war.
Bush and Cheney have not personally commented on Kerry's military service or anti-war efforts, but White House spokesman Scott McClellan has refused to condemn Bush adviser Karen Hughes's comment that Kerry misled Americans by "pretending" to throw away his medals after returning from Vietnam.
Other Democrats on Wednesday defended Kerry's military service. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said the president should explain what he was doing while in the National Guard.
"As far as we know, Senator Kerry got three purple hearts for risking his life in Vietnam and President Bush got a dental examination in Alabama," said Pelosi after attending a meeting with Kerry campaign chairwoman Jeanne Shaheen.
Bush served in the Texas Air National Guard during the war as a fighter pilot. At one point, he got permission to transfer to an Alabama guard unit to work on a political campaign there, but he never flew while there nor when he returned to duty in Texas. He was granted early release to go to Harvard Business School.
Originally posted by Piper@Apr 28 2004, 05:30 PM I see the demorat party is raising the bar in the election by resorting to namecalling.
Seems kinda desperate, and it's only April.
They know they picked the wrong Guy..Watch for Hillary to throw
her Iron panties into the ring during the Convention if Kerry can't
carry the needed amount of Delagates on the first vote.. Funny
Big Mouth Lautenberg always defended Clinton saying you didn't
have to serve to be President and even Kerry said Clinton served
his Country by protesting the War in Europe.. <_<
Didn't Lautenberg become the Dem. nominee due to a NJ supreme court ruling when Torricelli dropped out after the cutoff date for a replacement candidate ? Kinda funny how the libs don't seem to have a problem w/ the Supreme court ruling on an election when it's in their favor.