RNC Suggests DNC Gave CBS the Questionable Memos

July 7, 2008 - 8:30 PM

(CNSNews.com) - Where did CBS get the documents it used to tarnish George W. Bush's National Guard service? A Republican congressional leader says that's the biggest question facing CBS. And the Republican National Committee has an answer.

On a day when the Democratic National Committee released a new Bush-bashing video called "Fortunate Son," the Republican National Committee offered the following response:

"The video the Democrats released today is as creative and accurate as the memos they gave CBS," the Republican National Committee said on Tuesday.

The Democratic National Committee's new video, to be shown in battleground states, \ldblquote traces Bush's lies about his service during Vietnam and focuses on the importance of Bush, as President, telling the truth to the American people now," the Democratic National Committee said.

The video suggests that George W. Bush -- "a son of privilege, a Fortunate Son" -- pulled strings to get into the National Guard, then lied about fulfilling his Guard duty. He didn't take a required physical, the video clalims. "And for 6 months in 1972, he failed to perform any Guard service, as required," the video says.

The video compares Bush's National Guard service 30 years ago with the "tens of thousands of brave Guardsmen and women" who are serving today in Iraq and Afghanistan. "They don't miss physicals. They didn't pull strings. They are living up to their commitment," the video says.

In addition to the new video, Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe said the party will hold various "Operation Fortunate Son" events, where veterans will demand answers to "five specific questions" about President Bush's Guard service.

Those questions are as follows:

Why did George Bush say "I did my duty" when he missed months of duty in 1972, 73 and 74?

How did George Bush avoid getting called into active service for missing months of duty in 1972, 73, 74?

Why did George Bush say he received "no special treatment" when Ben Barnes says he pulled strings to secure a Guard slot for him?

Who asked Bush family friend Sidney Adger to get Bush a slot in the Guard immediately after Bush graduated and at the height of the Vietnam War?

When will George Bush produce any credible witness who can attest to his service in the Alabama Air National Guard?

But House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) said the biggest question of all is where CBS got the memos it used to discredit Bush's military service in a "60 Minutes II" report last week.

"I understand that people want to protect their sources, but we are dealing with the alleged forgery of government documents to influence a presidential race during war. This is not politics as usual," DeLay told reporters on Tuesday.

"It is dangerous, and it is possibly criminal, and I really applaud the media for picking up this story and seeing where it leads. This is really serious stuff, and someone needs to get to the bottom of it."

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