"Dean 2004: Medals Matter" from Political Punch reports that while DNC Chairman Howard Dean has made disparaging remarks about Senator John McCain being an opportunist with his new ad which touts his service record, he had a different view of military service in 2004 when Senator John Kerry was touting his own military service as a key part of his biography and qualifications for the Oval Office.
That's all noise. What's more interesting are the Dean quotes from 2004 that may come back to haunt him this year.
"The real issue is this," Dean said in March 2004, when endorsing formal rival Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., "Who would you rather have in charge of the defense of the United States of America, a group of people who never served a day overseas in their life, or a guy who served his country honorably and has three Purple Hearts and a Silver Star on the battlefields of Vietnam?"
McCain, by the way, has been awarded the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals, a Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross.