Gen. Tommy Franks, on ABC’s This Week, finds much to like about John Kerry:
Retired Gen. Tommy Franks, producer of the early military successes in Afghanistan and Iraq, said Sunday that criticism of John Kerry’s war record is political hyperbole and Kerry is “absolutely” qualified to be commander in chief.
A year into retirement, Franks also said he has not decided whether to endorse President Bush for re-election. “I don’t know yet. I’m leaning in that direction,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“Do you think Senator Kerry is qualified to be commander in chief?” Franks was asked.
“Absolutely!” he said.
“I think a presidential election year is a marvelous thing. I think Senator Kerry is a patriot. And I think what … what we’re doing is, we’re seeing an attempt to sort of draw the lines between the two parties in this country. And I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Franks said.
Franks said he also has not decided whether he would want to speak at the Republican National Convention. “I’m a fiercely independent kind of guy and rather proud of it,” Franks said.