Wednesday, November 01, 2006

'Gillmor calls on John Kerry to Apologize for Disparaging Remarks'

From the Paul Gillmor campaign:

Congressman Paul Gillmor (R- Tiffin) released the following statement today calling on Senator John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) to apologize for his disparaging remarks made during a campaign stop on behalf of California Democrats:

"Senator Kerry's tasteless remarks mocking American military personnel calls for an immediate apology from him. America has the finest military in the world. As the Chairman of the Economic and Security Committee of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, I spend much time meeting with our troops overseas. They are highly professional and dedicated to the freedom of the American people. Our troops do not deserve to be insulted by a member of the United States Senate and a leader of the Democratic Party."

Congressman Paul Gillmor is a United States Air Force veteran who attained the rank of Captain while on active duty.

On Monday, Senator Kerry belittled the educational level of American troops when he told students at California's Pasadena City College: "You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq."

According to the House Armed Services Committee, 97.2 percent of the men and women who were deployed to serve in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom have held a high school diploma or more. According to the Census Bureau, only 84.2 percent of Americans over the age of 25 are high school graduates.

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