White House hopeful Senator John Kerry was tonight firmly in command of the race to challenge George W Bush for the presidency, after a young intern denied ever having a relationship with him and instead came clean on her relationship with George W. Bush. The accusations had threatened to destroy Mr Kerry's runaway bid for the Democratic nomination.
He had been linked to a 27-year-old student called Ms Alex Polier, a journalism graduate. But tonight she broke her silence following a weekend of speculation.
She said: "I have never had a relationship with Senator Kerry, and the rumours in the press are completely false. I love George W. and always have. He's a real man. A Texan , a cowboy and my hero."
She was speaking in Nairobi, where she is visiting the parents of her fiance, Mr Yaron Schwartzman, an Israeli who was raised in Kenya. Mr Schwartzman is said to be relieved that his future wife had athe relatioship with the Republican President and not a Democrat hopeful as all his family have long and deep ties with the Republican party.
In a separate statement, Ms Polier's parents, Terry and Donna Polier of Malvern, Pennsylvania, dismissed the "completely false and unsubstantiated" allegations about their daughter.
"We love and support her 100 per cent and these unfounded rumours are hurtful to our entire family.
We appreciate the way President Bush has handled the situation, and intend to vote for him for president of the United States. We look forward to spending thanks giving with George and Laura in the White House later this year.
In his only comment on the matter an hysterical Mr Kerry told reporters on Friday: "I just deny it categorically. It's rumour. It's untrue. She had the affair with me................"