Kerry Takes on Pikens and Vows to Disprove Swift Boat Claims

John Kerry announced on Friday that he has personally accepted Texas oilman T. Boone Picken’s offer to “pay $1 million to anyone who can disprove even a single charge of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.”

In a letter to sent to T. Boone Pickens, Kerry wrote: “While I am prepared to show they lied on allegation after allegation, you have generously offered to pay one million dollars for just one thing that can be proven false. I am prepared to prove the lie beyond any reasonable doubt.”

Kerry, a Navy veteran and former prosecutor, said he was willing to present his case directly to Pickens, who provided $3 million to bankroll the group during Kerry’s race against President Bush.

Kerry said he would donate any proceeds to the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

The senator said Pickens issued the challenge Nov. 6 in Washington, while serving as chairman of a 40th anniversary gala for American Spectator magazine.

In the letter, Kerry offered to travel to Dallas to meet with Pickens in a public forum or to invite him to come to Massachusetts. He suggested the two could visit the Paralyzed Veterans of America in Norwood to see firsthand how Pickens’ money could be used to help veterans.

A copy of Kerry’s letter was provided to The Democratic Daily as well as media outlets including AP News:

Mr. Pickens,

It has come to my attention through the accounts of individuals who were in attendance at the American Spectator’s Robert L. Bartley Dinner & 40th Anniversary Gala as well as through the public accounts, that you personally “staked one million dollars” that “no one” could “prove anything the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth said in 2004 was false” (RedState.Com) and offered “a million dollars to anyone who could prove wrong anything the Swiftboat Veterans charged about Kerry.” (AmericanThinker.com)

I welcome the opportunity to prove that you are a man of your word and that the so-called “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” lied. While I am prepared to show they lied on allegation after allegation, you have generously offered to pay one million dollars for just one thing that can be proven false. I am prepared to prove the lie beyond any reasonable doubt.

I would request that your check be made payable to the Paralyzed Veterans of America which is doing incredible work every day to meet the needs of veterans returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan. My hope is that by sending this money to such a dedicated organization – founded for veterans, by veterans — some good can come out of the ugly smears and lies of the orchestrated campaign you bankrolled in 2004 in an attempt to discredit my military record and the record of the men who served alongside me on the Swift Boats of the Mekong Delta.

I would be more than happy to travel to Dallas to meet with you in a mutually agreed upon public forum, or would invite you to join me in Massachusetts for a public dialogue and then together we could visit the Paralyzed Veterans of America in Norwood and see firsthand how we can put your money to good work for our veterans.

I look forward to setting up a visit at the earliest possible, mutually convenient time. I trust that you are a man of your word, having made a very public challenge at a major Washington dinner, and look forward to taking you up on this challenge.
Sincerely,

John F. Kerry
United States Senator

 Pickens has balked at Kerry’s response and challenge and said “he would not pay Kerry unless the senator first provided him with copies of his wartime journals, as well as movies he shot while on patrol and his complete military records for 1971 to 1978.”

What part of Kerry’s records were all made public doesn’t Pickens understand? Kerry stepped up to take Picken’s challenge and then Picken backs down and changes the cliam and the rules of the game? Go for the jugular JK, these swift boat liars have had this coming for a very long time… The real truth is on Kerry’s side. I look forward to the day when Pickens chokes on his B.S.!

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5 Responses to Kerry Takes on Pikens and Vows to Disprove Swift Boat Claims

  1. Pingback: Kerry Takes on Pikens and Vows to Disprove Swift Boat Claims | Political news - democrats republicans socialists greens liberals conservatives

  2. john stone says:

    Go get him John Kerry! Anyone with half a brain knows these Swift Boat Ads were lies.John Kerry was criticized for not answering these ads,he did answer them,but the News Media just kept running with them. Our media gave Bush a pass in the 2000 and 2004 elections. They should be ashamed of themselves and for the most part I think they are. Would the counry be better off with John Kerry as President? Of course .Would John Kerry have been a good or even great President?No doubt about !

  3. Not to mention, Kerry wasn’t in the Navy from “1971-1978” (sic) as Pickens asserts. And I’m sure that’s the dodge ol Booney will use when he reneges on the deal and wusses out.

  4. Darrell Prows says:

    One ridiculous part of this situation is that Kerry should have to do a single thing to collect the money. Groundless allegations were made, and a poll of the nation would show that exactly the same people who approve of GWB believe even a word of what was said, and everyone else has long since reconciled that there was nothing there. If Pickens had a lick of honor (a) he would never have made his initial comment; and (b) having done it, he would just cut the check.

  5. What amazes me is that Senator Kerry has not sued these outright liars long ago. They slandered his proven war record and caused him to lose the 2004 presidential race. Kerry should not have waited for this stupid offer. He could have won far more than one million dollars from these jokers long ago.
    Meanwhile “The Decider”, the moron posing as president, continues to get a free pass on his dubious service record. It is apparent to everyone with half a brain that PaPa Bush got him the posh job that kept him from going to Vietnam. Dan Rather really had it right but his reward was only to be fired!!