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"The Cambodia incursion story is not included in Tour of Duty. Instead, Kerry replaces the story with a report about a mortar attack that occurred on Christmas Eve 1969 "near the Cambodia border") in a town called Sa Dec, some fifty-five miles from the Cambodian border. Somehow, Kerry's secret illegal mission to Cambodia, which he recounted on the floor of the U.S. Senate in 1986, is now a firefight at Sa Dec and a Christmas day spent back at the base writing entries in his journal."

We tried to reach Douglas Brinkley, the historian-author of "Tour of Duty," but he was vacationing and unavailable for comment.

Last night, Kerry adviser Michael Meehan responded to the claims in an interview with ABC News' Stu Chamberlain.

"The Mekong Delta consists of the border between Cambodia and Vietnam, so on Christmas Eve in 1968, he was in fact on patrol … in the Mekong Delta between Cambodia and Vietnam. He was ambushed, they fired back, he was fired upon from both sides, from the Cambodian side and the Vietnam side during that day in 1968." "What I've seen in this book is a bunch of people lying about John Kerry did. John Kerry actually did command a boat in Vietnam, ran patrols along the border in the waters, on behalf of the United States in 1968 and 1969."

Morning show wrap:

Sen. McCain spoke exclusively to Diane Sawyer this morning from the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas.

On President Bush's nomination of Rep. Porter Goss as the next CIA Director, McCain said that Goss "has built up a reputation of bipartisanship" and "has the trust and confidence of the United States."

Shown a clip of President Bush's new ad, "Solemn Duty," which invokes the Sept. 11 attacks and the war on terror, McCain said he had no issue with it. "I think the defining event of this presidency was the events of 9/11," he said.

Questioned about Kerry's pledge to reduce troop levels in Iraq in the first year of his presidency, McCain said "I'd love to bring them home tomorrow" but said he didn't see how that was possible. "We cannot bring anyone home [yet], and in certain areas we have to strengthen" the United States' presence in Iraq, he said.

And on new reports that Osama Bin Laden may be targeting government officials, McCain said that he not been told to do anything differently than he does every day.

Asked by Matt Lauer on Today if the announcement was a "win-win" for the president — that Goss would either be chosen or Democrats who blocked his nomination would be accused of politicizing the pick — Sen. Dick Durbin said "I think you analyzed it correctly. I think the White House is playing this politically and I think that's unfortunate."

ABC News' Kate Snow spent Monday exclusively with First Lady Laura Bush as she campaigned in Michigan and Ohio.

Bush's plane doesn't have the same amenities as Air Force One does, Snow Noted, although the food was aplenty and the service was constant. And Snow got to peak into the First Lady's home-packed breakfast: a bottle of orange juice, a muffin, and a banana.

Throughout the day the Laura Bush was greeted by many adoring Republican supporters and even a few critics; unlike her daughter, she understands the cameras are always watching.

And Snow reported that campaign officials view her as the President's "most effective surrogate" and plan to utilize her often.

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