Senator Harkin explains

When we last saw Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, he was onstage grinning uncomfortably behind Howard Dean as Dean gave his infamous speech conceding defeat in the Iowa caucuses. Yesterday Senator Harkin reemerged as a surrogate for John Kerry with a column in the University of Minnesota student newspaper, sharing a few neighborly thoughts to guide the university students’ votes on Tuesday: “Why Bush will restart the draft if elected.”
Senator Harkin is not satisfied merely to warn that President Bush’s reelection will necessitate reinstatement of the draft; he also invokes the Vietnam War and reiterates the theme that President Bush avoided the draft as a young man. Limitations of space must have prevented him from mentioning that John Kerry served in Vietnam. (Courtesy of reader Brenda Sparks.)


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