In the 2004 US presidential campaign, public opinion polls indicated that Democratic candidate John Kerry had a chance to beat reelectionist George W. Bush. The recipient of several combat medals, including the Silver Star, Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts, as a Navy lieutenant assigned to a Swift boat during the Vietnam war, Kerry benefited from this impressive military record as he pursued his political career. It was also one of the highlights of his claim to the presidency. Everyone loves a war hero, a fact Ferdinand Marcos exploited in his own time.
But the Republicans launched a vicious counter attack, using the Democratic candidate