C-B-S newsman Dan Rather apologized earlier this week for the network’s use of bogus documents in a story, but Iowa Senator Tom Harkin says he’s not sorry for anything he’s said about President Bush’s military service record. Harkin, a democrat, says he won’t be apologizing or retracting anything. Harkin says “I did not base my statements on the C-B-S documents. I base my statements on what is irrefutable facts.” Harkin says it’s President Bush who should apologize to the American people, for having mislead them. The President said he’d received no special privileges to get into the National Guard, but Harkin says “we know that that is now not true” as the former Texas House speaker gave sworn testimony saying he pulled strings for Bush. Harkin says there are other parts of President Bush’s record that are questionable. Harkin says Bush did not “do his duty” in the Guard as it was documented he missed six months of duty in 1972 and three months in 1973 and showed up for no drills in Boston when he was in school there. Harkin says Bush also disobeyed a direct order to take a physical, yet suffered no punishment.
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