Putting It In Context

A periodic look at the charges being made against the presidential candidates--and the facts behind them

THE CHARGES: "He's voted to cancel weapons programs like the Stealth bomber, the [M-1] tank, the Apache helicopter, the MX missile...He's voted to cut $1.5 billion from the intelligence community." --ED GILLESPIE, Republican National Committee chairman, accusing John Kerry of being soft on defense

THE CONTEXT: Kerry did fight the MX, voted to cut funds for missile defense and the B-2 Stealth bomber, and proposed cutting the intelligence budget $300 million a year from 1996 to 2000. But it was the first President Bush who...

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