June 30th, 2008
01:01 PM ET
4 years ago

McCain Truth Squad defender was Swift Boat Vet member

Former Col. Bud Day appeared in a 2004 Swift Boat Vets spot.
Former Col. Bud Day appeared in a 2004 Swift Boat Vets spot.

(CNN) - One of the members of John McCain’s new Truth Squad - which his campaign says was launched to respond to unfair attacks on his record of military service –- was a member of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, and appeared in an attack ad for the group in 2004.

The group was created to attack 2004 Democratic nominee John Kerry’s military service record.

"How can you expect our sons and daughters to follow you when you condemned their fathers and grandfathers?" asked former Air Force Col. Bud Day, who was a prisoner of war with McCain in Vietnam, in a 2004 Swift Boat Vets spot.

McCain has said that he opposed the group’s efforts.

On a campaign conference call Monday, a Politico reporter asked Day if there was any similarity between former Gen. Wesley Clark’s controversial Sunday comments about McCain’s military service and his own remarks about John Kerry during the last presidential campaign.

Day dismissed any equivalence. "The Swift Boat 'attacks' were simply revelation of the truth. The similarity does not exist here," he said. "…One was about laying out the truth. This one is about attempting to cast a new shadow on John McCain."


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soundoff (288 Responses)
  1. Tim

    I think a better name for this group would be the "Truthiness Squad"...

    June 30, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. Scott L

    Obama has no idea what is about to hit him. For those reading my earlier post about the flag pin, you missed the point. The point is Obama keeps changing his word. Even if someone asked him to wear the pin he made a decision not to wear the pin. So for years he never wore it (until) his nomination status was on the line. Hypocrite...stay convicted at something. Give Bush credit...even though a lot did not agree with him (myself included) he was convicted in his decisions and beliefs.

    June 30, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. Cynthia

    Senator McCain has to realize he can't have it both ways. Does he expect others to sit back while he and his surrogates attack Senator Obama. There was a storyline on the blog Saturday where he said that Senator Obama could not be truste – well I don't trust him. If you bring it – it will be brought back to you twice as hard.

    June 30, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Michael

    The fact is Kerry, McCain, especially McCain, did 99% more than other members of my generation who hid behind 2S deferments. It was a disgraceful period, a period when America chose to let minorities and a few brave men like Kerry and McCain fight our war.

    June 30, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. George, Mason NH

    Wow....I don't think age should be made a primary issue in this campaign...but cripes....these guys in this video...particularly Bud...look down right ancient.

    Is Senator McCain the same age as these gents? Honorable service...I am sure...I just wouldn't be too quick to give them the keys to the old Cadillac.

    June 30, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. christina from Irvine

    This is so pathetic. We trust any soldier was a valiant soldier – no one should smear anyone and this stupid group really needs to stop running these ads. John Kerry should never have been attacked by this Bud guy. McCain is an amazing war hero – we all agree – let's talk about who would run the country better. It has little to do with being the ultimate soldier 35 years ago.

    June 30, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. Phil VA

    Well...time to strap in and get ready for a bumpy ride until the GE!!! MAN UP! (Figure of speech not meant to offend our better halves)

    Obama 08

    June 30, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. Brian

    They're all a bunch of dirty, two-faced liars... and now McCain has shown the kind of people he's willing to hire on for his "truth squad."

    Same Bush tactics in 2008 = same Bush White House in 2009.

    Reject this kind of politics. Just say NO to John McCain!!!

    June 30, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. Anita from Arizona

    Same old GOP tactics to get elected. Not this time... McCain is the same.

    June 30, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. FROM HILLARY TO MCCAIN

    I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE 527 GROUPS TO BUST OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!

    ON SECOND THOUGHT, I HOPE THEY WAIT UNTIL OCTOBER

    HOW DO I JOIN A 527 GROUP AGAINST OBAMA?

    June 30, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. Time to move on

    What truth,when we dont know what he stands for on an issue anymore.Nice try but Americans are wiser.
    OBAMA 08

    June 30, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. Jeronimo

    Is this a joke? c'mon...

    Am I being PUNK'd?

    Where's Ashton? Surely he is hiding behind one of these geezers.

    And why do they look like scooter store salesmen?

    June 30, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. Helene

    What a surprise ! The skewed-talk express ! But this time it will not work !!!

    June 30, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. Nina

    Neither Bush or Clinton had military experience, history has proven that Clinton was a better military leader. Just goes to show that you don't need to have served in the military to be a military leader.

    Although I great respect and appreciate McBush's military service to our country, yet I don't know how his time in a POW camp makes him a better leader. Clarke got it right. He knows because he's made the decisions of a military leader.

    June 30, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  15. Saad from NJ

    I wonder these guys see when they look in the mirror in the morning to comb their hair... oh wait, they do NOT have any hair. No wonder.... This is so terribly sad to have people like these.

    June 30, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  16. Mark Anthony

    I have to agree with Clark just because you were a prisoner of war, doesn't mean you can be commander in chief. War hero I give McCain but leading is much different than being a prisoner.

    June 30, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  17. Brian

    WOW.

    So when McCain smears a decorated war hero, it's the truth. But when another general (who was a Clinton supporter) simply says that being POW doesn't make you qualified to run the White House (well, it doesn't) then that's a dirty smear campaign? Wow, the hypocrisy is absolutely stunning. At least Obama apologized for Clark's relatively mild comments, meanwhile McCain goes and EMPLOYS the guys who spent millions to smear Kerry.

    Swift Boat Veterans for McCain '08!

    June 30, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  18. Concerned Citizen, IN

    If Mr. Bud Day was a POW during Vietnam with McCain, and was in the Air Force, how exactly would he know the truth about what John Kerry did or did not do?

    While I honor Mr. Day's service to this country, I find it very odd that he could know all things about what was going on as a POW.

    June 30, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. matt

    Gotta love Irony. How did this guy get on the "Truth Squad" in the first place? Oh John McCain, I love how you said it would be a respectful campaign. I guess you forgot

    June 30, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Want the truth ask John Kerry's shipmates not a bunch of Texas millionaire Republicans.

    June 30, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  21. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Bud Day is the most decorated service member since General MacArthur. He served in WWII in the Marines , the Korean War (Army and Air Force) and Vietnam War. He is a recipient of the Medal of Honor. So if given a choice to belive him or Wesley Clark, who was fired by the Pentagon it's no contest. Bud Day and John McCain are true heroes. Weasil Clark is a frustrated politician trying to get on Obama's ticket as VP. He has zero credibility compared to Bud Day.

    June 30, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    so much for the "truth".

    June 30, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  23. Shadow Henderson

    HAHA I guess if it worked the first time, huh John? This is divine irony

    June 30, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  24. Peter E

    So? 90% of Obama's staff is former Hillary staff/supporters. Does that mean that we can't trust anything Obama does either?

    June 30, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  25. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    They are trying to spin things their way. How best can the facts be turned. The book about Kerry would have killed his political career had he run for the presidency during the cold war. It is over guys. Please be honest when you talk about someone - the facts and who you are as well as your back ground.

    June 30, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
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