Another Military Heavyweight Backs Dean Presidential Bid

Retired Gen. Merrill “Tony” McPeak, the former Air Force chief of staff who endorsed George W. Bush in 2000, has left the Republican fold and is backing Democrat Howard Dean in the 2004 race for president.
McPeak joins a small but growing list of top military veterans who have parted ways with the president at least partly because of the war in Iraq. McPeak’s decision could be an important boost for Dean because critics have accused the former Vermont governor of lacking the experience and knowledge needed to be the nation’s commander-in-chief.

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