Kerry Campaign Keeps 'Bunny Suit' Photo in News

By Robert B. Bluey | July 7, 2008 | 8:21pm EDT

Boston (CNSNews.com) - A day after Democrat presidential candidate John Kerry's campaign accused NASA of releasing an embarrassing "bunny suit" photo, Republicans seized on the opportunity to comment on the story - and photo - in the wake of Tuesday's allegation.

"It appears as if the Kerry campaign is attacking NASA," said Sen. Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican. "It was Kerry's decision to go visit there. They obviously posed for the photograph, and now they're attacking NASA because the photograph is released. That pretty well sums up the nature of the Kerry campaign."

Photos of Kerry in the blue "bunny suit" during a tour of NASA made their way onto tabloids and created a stir on talk radio. They also appear on the walls at Republican headquarters in Boston.

Kerry's campaign manager, Mary Beth Cahill, wasn't laughing at the release of the image. She emphatically told Fox News the photo was purposely leaked. NASA has denied the campaign's accusation.

According to The Washington Times, the photo is drawing comparisons to 1988 Democrat presidential candidate Michael Dukakis' famous "tank" photograph. That image is considered one of the worst mistakes of Dukakis' campaign.

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