June 30th, 2008
01:01 PM ET
3 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. al

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    TRUTH IS MCAIN GOT LOST ON A MISSION. HIT A TREE AND CRASH LANDED. HE CHECKED-IN A HOTEL BUT TURNS OUT IT WAS A MILITARY PRISON. THIS IS PROBABLY WHY HE LOST TO BUSH. BUSH!!! CONSIDERED THE WORST PRESIDENT OF THE US.

    June 30, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. T GUY

    WOLFF...........HOW ABOUT BRAINS . DOES THIS COME INTO PLAY AT ANY TIME TO BE PRESIDENT.OBAMA HAS A GOOD BRAIN..VOTE FOR THE SMART GUY.

    June 30, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. aware

    Tell it like it is McCain!

    Vote for McCain because The Obama's have manipulated everyone and everything to gain the ultimate prize. They want to reign in the White House. Their only problem is their lack of a moral center.

    Obfuscation, pandering, egomania and lust for power are not the attributes of a president! They do not foster trust!

    America doesn't need or want a King or a Messiah figurehead or an American Idol.

    America needs servant leadership from a caring, wise president in touch with mainstream America! McCain 08! :)

    June 30, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. Alonzo Demetrius

    Note that blue ribbon hanging from Col Day's neck. Do you Obamanuts even know what that is? I'm sure none of you have one and never will.

    June 30, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. Mike

    The John McCain Straight Talk Express:

    -Embrace and openly seek the endorsement of John Hagee, then reject it.

    - Criticize TV preacher Jerry Falwell as “an agent of intolerance” in 2002, but has since decided to cozy up to the man who said Americans “deserved” the 9/11 attacks.

    -McCain used to oppose Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy, but he reversed course in February.

    - McCain took a firm line in opposition to torture, and then caved to White House demands.

    -In 2000, McCain accused Texas businessmen Sam and Charles Wyly of being corrupt, spending “dirty money” to help finance Bush’s presidential campaign. McCain not only filed a complaint against the Wylys for allegedly violating campaign finance law, he also lashed out at them publicly. In April, McCain reached out to the Wylys for support.

    and now...

    Condemn the actions of the Swift-Boaters, and then hire them to run your own smear campaign.

    John McCain – just another sleazy Republican.

    June 30, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. Brian Phoenix AZ

    Hey Day, your "swift boat" tactics won't work this time. Get a grip. We are tired of the shrub and aren't gonna elect someone co-joined at the hip with him. Now go away.

    June 30, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. NickNas

    Is it me or is the major alliance looking like an aged group of ONE race trying desperately to hold on to the lie that only THEY can run ANYTHING?

    all of these guy look older than McCain. Lieberman included.

    June 30, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    Yep, the Straight Talk Express is off on another detour. McCain slams the Swift Boat attacks until they decide to join him...now he is all open arms!!! HYPOCRIT!!!

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

    McCain is doomed! just read all the post above. This guy 'cant get right"

    June 30, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. john

    Brian Phoenix AZ:

    WELL SAID MY MAN!!!!!!!
    OBAMA 08/12

    June 30, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Alice

    Okay, McCain – we're waiting for you to fire this nut job from your "truth squad."

    . . . still waiting . . .

    . . . still waiting . . .

    [yawn]

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

    This "Truth" Squad — "was launched to respond to unfair attacks on his record of military service"

    Somebody name me ONE..... just ONE ufair attack on McCain's service.

    I bet these guy will be on the ATTACK not the DEFENSE of Mccaine.

    All they are, are swiftboaters under another name...

    (Obama's looking smarter every day for not giving up his cash advantage)....

    June 30, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. Not as stupid as you need me to be!

    Wolff June 30th, 2008 2:05 pm ET

    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?

    LOL I guess then I should be President. I am Third Generation ( of 4) of decorated combat veterans who fought for this country)

    Only a simpleton would think that that is all you need to run a country. I get a good laugh at you people who think a Military record is so great BUT you let Vets STARVE and BE HOMELESS and JOBLESS but McCain gets to be PRESIDENT because of His service and NO OTHER QUALIFICATION LOLOL.

    June 30, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. ron

    BILL CLINTON AND GEORGE BUSH both had terrorist bombing at the beginning of there presidency both had no military experience. Russia probably the most powerful nation of that time wanted to build missile bases in Cuba president Kennedy had military experience when he told kruschev he was tired of talking to move or else he knew Kennedy wasn't bluffing he left.does military experience mater in these times you tell me?

    June 30, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. Tony C.

    IS ANYONE SURPRISED BY THIS??????????????????

    June 30, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. Steve in MN

    Wolff – That's what generals and military leaders are for. The commander in chief needs to have calm, clear, insightful judgement and rely on the expertise of his/her military commanders to do their job. I'm looking foward to getting an adult back in the White House and having a leader who will listen to all sides of the situation rather than stacking the decks with "yes men" who are afraid to disagree with anything. Not that it would matter. Bush doesn't listen to anyone anyway.

    June 30, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. BIFF, BIFFINGTON...

    RIGHT ON,,,, MIKE !!!

    MIKE said...
    The John McCain Straight Talk Express:

    -Embrace and openly seek the endorsement of John Hagee, then reject it.

    - Criticize TV preacher Jerry Falwell as “an agent of intolerance” in 2002, but has since decided to cozy up to the man who said Americans “deserved” the 9/11 attacks.

    -McCain used to oppose Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy, but he reversed course in February.

    - McCain took a firm line in opposition to torture, and then caved to White House demands.

    -In 2000, McCain accused Texas businessmen Sam and Charles Wyly of being corrupt, spending “dirty money” to help finance Bush’s presidential campaign. McCain not only filed a complaint against the Wylys for allegedly violating campaign finance law, he also lashed out at them publicly. In April, McCain reached out to the Wylys for support.

    and now…

    Condemn the actions of the Swift-Boaters, and then hire them to run your own smear campaign.

    John McCain – just another sleazy Republican.

    June 30, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Charlotte

    I will write in Hillary Clinton on my ballot in November, unless one of these yahoos can convince me otherwise. So far they are both bozos! They are both liars and hyperbolize the truth.

    June 30, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. Donna

    When has McCain EVER been in tune with Mainstream America? His wife is worth MILLIONS...he may have been a P.O.W. but that does NOT make him a better candidate than Obama...and you shouldn't want to get into a "moral" debate holding up McCain...

    That is just LAUGHABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 30, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. KenS

    Clark stated no facts which dispute anything McCain has said about himself. He stated that he honors McCain's service. He simply points out that this does not, in and of itself, demonstrate any particular qualification for president. I notice that when republican attack dogs were after Hillery, saying her 'service' did not qualify her for president, McCain didn't seem offended by that!
    I am dissappointed in Obama for disavowing Clark's comments. What's to disavow?

    June 30, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. Tony C.

    John McCain, Republicans know nothing about the truth.

    McCain is becoming more and more transparent everyday, I just hope the voters are paying attention!

    June 30, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    You people bashing Bud Day need to know he is a Medal of Honor recipient and served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam in the Marines, Army and air force. He has more credibility than 100 Wesley Clarks.

    June 30, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. Kaye- Jacksonville FL

    Oh – what a shocker! Fasten your seatbelts – the RNC and McCain campaign are gearing up for a dirty fight. They may convince some Americans (ignorance and fear are everywhere), but millions of us are already outraged by the tactics perfected by Karl Rove.
    Get ready Democrats, Independents and Rational Republicans...stand tall, loud and proud "Yes We Can – Obama '08"

    June 30, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. CB

    8 Years of Republicans is ENOUGH!

    June 30, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. D.Johnson

    Let see if the Obama campaign would ask Mccain to reject and remove this man from thruth square.

    June 30, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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