Rich Lowry

Q: To keep the focus on Vietnam for a moment -- if you don't mind -- after you came home you engaged in antiwar advocacy that has drawn criticism. For instance, you testified before Congress that your fellow servicemen routinely raped, beheaded and tortured people in Vietnam.

A: This is a campaign about the future.

Q: Senator, some critics have attacked you for voting to authorize the Iraq War, then changing your mind and voting against $87 billion to fund the troops and reconstruction.

A: Those critics don't know John Kerry. They don't know how I turned bitterly against the Vietnam War, too. No one in this race -- not John Edwards, not Howard Dean, no one -- has the long, distinguished qualifications I have in terms of changing their opinions about a war.

Q: On a lighter note. Everyone has been talking about the "wardrobe malfunction" during the Super Bowl.

A: Well, I'm not the best one to ask. [Chuckles] As you know, for a brief, but significant part of my life, the only wardrobe I had was a khaki uniform and a machine gun at the ready.

Q: Thank you, Senator.

A: Funny you say that. Jim Rassmann told me exactly the same thing.

Rich Lowry

Rich Lowry is author of Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years .
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