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Kerry Campaign Denounces Negative TV Ad Campaign - 2004-08-21

Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry say they are taking legal action against a group that has tried to discredit the U.S. senator's record of heroism during the Vietnam war.

Democratic Party officials say anti-Kerry political advertising appearing on American television has inaccurately portrayed Mr. Kerry's record, and that the group responsible has illegal ties to President Bush's campaign team.

Mr. Kerry, who was a naval officer during the Vietnam conflict, received five medals for his service during combat, but some of his opponents contend he did not deserve such honors.

The Bush campaign has denied any connection to a group known as the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, that prepared the anti-Kerry political ads. The group draws its financial support from Republicans in Texas, Mr. Bush's home state.