Huh. I don't suppose you can come up with anything better than "as I recall" by any chance?
Kerry claimed to have been in Cambodia on Christmas 1968. He went beyond a casual claim, he said that he was dropping off a CIA guy who gave him a hat (seems unlikely that a guy going into the bush woud do that) and he said on several occasions in 2004 that he carried the hat with him "to this day", though he never showed it to anyone.
Turns out that he was 50 miles away from Cambodia at the time at a base camp.
He later claimed to have gotten the date confused even thought is was "..seared, seared, in my memory."
He then tried to claim that he was between Cambodia and Vietnam. That is like someone claiming to be between Texas and Mexico. Its a border.
See this article in the WaPo "Kerry's Cambodian Whopper" from 2004 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/ar ... Aug23.html
Kerry had claimed to have thrown away his medals in disgust. The Swift Boaters pointed out that he had the medals hanging on his Senate office wall. Kerry later admitted that he had thrown away a friend's medals
Read this article:
"And an article in Monday's New York Times says that Kerry gave a 1971 television interview in which he appeared to suggest that he had given his own medals back.
The New York Times describes the transcript of that television interview -- which it says was archived by President Nixon's communications office and held by the National Archives -- this way:
An interviewer asks Kerry, "How many did you give back, John?"
Kerry responds, "I gave back, I can't remember, six, seven, eight, nine."
The interviewer then notes that Kerry had won the Purple Hearts and Bronze and Silver stars. Kerry says, "Well, and above that, I gave my others."http://articles.cnn.com/2004-04-26/poli ... LLPOLITICS
NY Times article is here:http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/26/us/19 ... otest.html
The other charge is that 3-400 of his shipmates didn't think he was fit to be prez. I suppose we could question whether they had good reasons or not but it seems indisputable that they signed the statement.
One of the reasons they thought he was unfit to serve were his false claims before Congress as a member of the Winter Soldier group. He has admitted that he embroidered his testimony to make it more melodramatic. He was still in the navy at the time, IIRC.