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. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    i don't believe you Obama supporters. Google Bud Day and then tell me he's lying! You people don't know the real deal when it's right in fromnt of you.

    Susan. You should be ashamed of saying a Medal of Honor recipient is a disgrace to his uniform. Do you call yourself an American? It's people like Bud Day who are respoonsible for defending the right of free speech that you are abusing today.

    June 30, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  2. Wolff

    Who is more qualified to send our troops into harms way to protect our lives? Someone who KNOWS the dangers first hand or someone who's never even had to lift a finger in labor or held a gun?

    June 30, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. Schalaine Ellisor

    I want to also ask how being a POW qualifies you to be president? I think Johnny Boy is suffering from his own form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and needs to go home. NOT back to the Senate. HOME. He will never be a part of the future-he can"t GOOGLE!

    June 30, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. john williams san diego, ca.

    Kerry was the only viet nam veteran to have three wounds and never bleed to get out of nam and throw someone elses medal over the White House fence...Release your medical records Mr. Heinz..

    June 30, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. Vigla

    This is ridiculous! For this guy to say that he was exposing truth about Kerry with a straight face is beyond the pale. The SB Veterans for Lies was a purely Republican funded organization set to tarnish the military credintials of John Kerry. They were proven wrong by people who served with Kerry and Navy documents. I have nothing but contempt for the likes of Day and others who knowlingly submitted false accusations and outright lies about a fellow service member.

    End this kind of politics - VOTE FOR CHANGE - VOTE FOR OBAMA!

    June 30, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. rjk

    "cast a new shadow" It's actually quite an old shadow that no news agency will cover. Search vets against mccain for the real truth!

    June 30, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. Mary

    So McCain, let's see what you have to say about teaming up with your SwiftBoat friends............

    So Mr SwiftBoat, you are pretty much saying you can say and do whatever you want and call it the truth? GIVE AMERICA A BREAK!!!

    McCain, I am stll waiting for you to respond on your not so new SwiftBoat friends. Can't wait to hear Mr McFlip Flop try to get out of this one!!!

    June 30, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. The Truth

    ANOTHER FLIP_FLOP by McShameless!

    John McCain was a sponsor of the Swift Boat Veterans that smeared John Kerry???

    What a freaking hypocrite??? He doesn't respect Kerry's war record, but we should respect his? He got shot down!

    June 30, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. Nova from NV

    This swiftboat stuff is really toxic! The independents may be turn off by this stuff. Better change strategy.

    June 30, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. Matthew

    Regarding Clark's comments about Mccain's military experience, I think he raises a valid point. I don't, however, think that disqualifies him from being able to run our country; and to make the argument that Obama has no military experience is invalid because Obama is not running his campaign on "I once served in a war, so I should be president....."

    June 30, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. D.Johnson

    the swiftboat on Kerry was about the truth said Mccain spokeman? At least kerry did not make propagganda tape for the enemies Mccain does.

    June 30, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  12. Bob Stephens

    Here go the Republicans again. They have an old has been for a candidate, who will lose by a land slide, so now they have to try go go back to the 2004 play book.

    1. Make the people think that we will be attacked soon.
    2. Anyone that disagrees with McSame is a traitor

    By the way, how does McSame manage to get paid for being in the Senate, when he hasn't made a vote on anything since April. If he was in the military, he would have been listed as AWOL months ago.

    June 30, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. Jean

    Something smells fishy. It is not going to work this time republicans . This is an incenetive for me to work harder and give more to keep the Republicans out of the White house in 2009 and as long as possible.

    America needs constructive efforts. If McCain have not noticed
    1 The economy is in shambles
    2 Farms and cities are flooding
    3 Foreclosures
    4 Energy crisis
    5 Education in disrepair

    Every body GROW UP STOP WHINING AND GET BUSY.

    June 30, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  14. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    YOU NEED TO TAKE NOTE: THE REPUBLICANS ARE WORRIED ABOUT BILL CLINTON SO THEY HAVE STEPED UP THEIR ATTACKS. BILL CLINTON IS THE DEMOCRATS "BIG GUN" AND WILL HELP OBAMA SEND THEM ALL PACKING. WE AIN'T SEEN NOTHING YET.

    June 30, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  15. David

    Bud Day, was held in captivity with McCain as a POW. That is why he was on the call to defend McCain's actions when he was in captivity against the charges from Clark. McCain has said he was against the attacks on Kerry. Clark is the one who called Kerry out for only being a Lt.

    June 30, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    Judge a person by his character, not a circumstance.

    June 30, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. Phil in KC

    Well, that's a load of 'newspeak'. It bring into question the legitimacy of this group. It has been proven that the swiftboat attacks on John Kerry were out-and-out lies.
    Another reason to vote AGAINST McCain.

    June 30, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. BigBear

    Perhaps all of you anti-McCain vitriolic castigators can come up with the name of one CEO in this nation that would give Mr. Obama anything more than an entry level job, based on his experience beyond the law (which judging from his friends, he doesn't bekieve in anyway).
    Of course, you don't much care about our future anyway, unless you get the benefit of Obama giving you the store.,

    June 30, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. David

    Bud Day was a POW with McCain. He was defending McCain against the charges that Clark brought up.

    June 30, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. JA Cook

    I remember all too well how annoyed I was with McCain, four years ago, when he stood with Bush during the Swift Boat ads rather than defending a fellow veteran – who also had an honorable record in Vietnam.

    Have some chickens come home to roost?

    June 30, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Glenn

    Big to do about nothing! Their BS is right out of the Karl Rove Play Book. No one is disparging McBush's military record. Everyone is pointing out exactly what everyone already knows: McSame's military experience, his POW experience and his hero status have nothing to do with whether it qualifies him to be Commander-in-Chief. All of his military experience, his POW experience and hero status DO NOT EQUATE with the abilty or the intelligence to lead our country as President. History is loaded with American military commanders and heros who were elected President and were horrible Presidents. The two sets of experiences simply don't equate. We all know that! Karl Rove and his swift boaters are not going to fool the American public anymore. This past election season has shown when the GOP uses it's old tactics it sways the voters in opposite direction. We all know they are going to do it....let them. It"s not going to work this year. In fact, it cheapens MCShame's honor and past, supposedly the exact thing they are purporting to defend.

    June 30, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. Mike - Texas

    Somebody has to offset the LIES from MoveOn.org!!!!

    And those Swift boaters served with Kerry.

    June 30, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  23. janet jacme

    LOL Grumpy just can't seen to get anything right-

    June 30, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  24. ron

    obama wrote in his book that he chooses his friends wisely. Bill Ayres Syrian Tony Rezko, Rev Wright ,Farraghan ect cannot all be coincidences seeing that they all have a common tie of being anty american. obama telling the wold on national tv during the texas debate alerting al- qaeda that the government was sending troops to fight into Afghanistan that were undermanned and so ill equipped that they had to use weapons captured from the enemy to continue fighting (remember he thought this information to be true at the time of the broadcast) is also not very patriotic let alone the sign of a commander in chief

    June 30, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  25. Not fooled by distractions.

    I'd say that Gen Clarks comments were also "were simply revelation of the truth".

    June 30, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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