October 20, 2004
Candidates make questionable claims
President Bush accused Sen. John Kerry on Tuesday of playing "the politics of fear" by seeking to inflame voter anxieties that Bush will ruin Social Security and restore the military draft if he's re-elected.
Campaigning in Florida, the president assured voters that he wouldn't dismantle Social Security or revive the draft, while Kerry, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., tore anew into Bush's promise to partially privatize Social Security.
With just two weeks until Election Day, Bush and Kerry are trying to swat down false accusations from each other while hurling questionable charges. In the process, each has mischaracterized the other's views.
Posted by Tom Troceen