It's a bad day when your spokesman says that Americans who were drafted and served in Vietnam aren't "proud Americans." The Star's Steve Kraske explains:
In discussing veterans who have signed up to support Republican Vicky Hartzler, the 4th District Missouri congressional candidate, Hartzler spokesman Steve Walsh said this to a Springfield radio interviewer:
“This is not exactly a group made up of people who might have been drafted, served in Vietnam for a year and hated it, and then came back and said bad things about their country like John Kerry.
“These are people who actually are proud Americans and are supporting Vicky Hartzler.”
Democratic incumbent Ike Skelton was having none of it. Campaign spokesman Jason Rauch said Hartzler owed veterans an apology.
“Many patriotic Americans were drafted and served our country in Vietnam and, like generations of veterans before them, they returned from war to become leaders in their communities,” he said.