Ah, the joys of around-the-clock campaigning: Kerry belittles Edwards, then takes it back

Asked by a young woman at an event at Des Moines Area Community College why she should vote for him and not for Edwards, the 60-year-old senator from Massachusetts talked about his experience and then said, “When I came home from Vietnam in 1969, I don’t know if John Edwards was out of diapers then yet or not, I’m totally not sure. I don’t know.” He then appeared to re-think the issue, and said, “He was by then, it was earlier.”


In fact, Edwards turned 16 in 1969. He is 50 years old.

Edwards quickly fired off a response. “I have tremendous respect for Senator Kerry’s service to our country in Vietnam,” he said in a written statement.

“The truth is, in 1969 my family spent a lot of time sitting around the kitchen table trying to figure out how to pay for me to go to college, as so many Iowa families do every day.”

Heh. Meaningless things said by a very tired candidate. I must admit, though, Edwards looks more than ten years younger than Kerry. And, certainly, Kerry has far more experience in governing. Edwards’ response was excellent, though.

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