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. karen-phoenix

    Liar, cheat!!! And just plain old!!! Even the "swift boat" guy is old!!! Lets get into 2008 and 1970!!! Go Obama!!!

    June 30, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. No More GOP corruption/incompetence

    Good call McBush. I like the way you keep proving to us just how different you are from the current administration.

    June 30, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. Wayne, Greenville TX

    An open letter to Gramps McCain –

    When you have known liars like Bud Day on your "truth squad", you'll get nothing but GOP pap and propaganda.

    Pack it in, Gramps. America is learning the truth about you – that you're nothing but a liar who chooses to surround himself with more liars.

    June 30, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. Bob

    Wow, imagine that...A guy who decides what vets are worthy of his endorsement. And he is...who? An expert who knows everything I guess. Here we go again!

    June 30, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. California Gold

    "McCain has said that he opposed the group’s efforts." but as long as their efforts grind another person under their heel that's a group's effort he supports.

    This is precisely what McCain promised all along. He will not wage a negative campaign.

    He also will not step up to the plate and denounce those who do.

    That speaks to the lack of character of John McCain. A real man, an officer and a gentleman would aggressively denounce efforts to swift boat another candidate. McCain is as transparent as his comb over.

    June 30, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Shocked

    Wolff...your comment that we should vote McCain over Obama because Obama has not seen any military action...did you use that logic and vote for Kerry over Bush? No matter whether Kerry's service was exagerated or not, he stood up and went....not like Bush.

    Reading Wesley Clark's comments in context, I do not see anything wrong with them. He honors McCains service but says being a POW does not automatically make you the best person to be president. That should be obvious....the alternative being that we should vote nothing but POW's to the office?

    June 30, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. Pete

    What a delusional world these Swift Boaters live in! The right has become the land of the free and the home of the hypocrites! John McCain is one of them. I never heard him denounce the Swift Boaters!

    June 30, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. nitro

    Sleepy McCain opposes the comments now but in 2004 he didnt have a fudgn thing to say. Now he has this same guy on his dont know the truth team and showing just how much of a hypo that whole team is. John McCain you are no different than the rest of the republican sleeze balls.

    June 30, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. CITIZENS FOR TRUTH

    O YEA, MCBUSH IS HONEST???????

    NOT BY ANY KNOWN STANDARD.

    THE SWIFT- BOATERS BY HIS SIDE.

    THERE IS OUR "HERO".

    June 30, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. Sue/PA

    Noone is questioning McCains service to this country, not even General Clark, but...yes, there is a but, I, personally, do not believe that automatically qualifies him to lead this country.

    June 30, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. R.I.F.

    I guess it was a good idea to turn the Straight Talk Express bus in for an airplane. It's a lot quicker to fly off course than to drive. The McCain camp just said thatt actions speak louder than words and their actions today speak loud and clear. Que the Swift Boaters.

    June 30, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. Lim

    Obama's improved campaign slogan: YES, WE SCAM!

    June 30, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. B Jiggy

    John McCain has no experience in foreign affairs. I worked for walmart when I was going to college, that doesn't give me experience to run the company.

    June 30, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. A unknow black man from Canada help blogged 4 Obama since primary.

    Maccain can't run away from the truth, He was in a military pow, but it doesn't gives him advantage over Obama in commander in chief.

    Maccain is old to lead this country, he will be in and out of hospital when in become a president.

    Am still surprised that some republicans are still using Hillary Clinton name in a nagective manner. I don't know the reason behind this, but if it is to devide democrats? They should think again. Hillary is a srtong supporter of Obama presidency so do Bill and all the notable leaders that have initially supporter Hillary is nomination bid.

    So, Republiacn do not use Hillary's name to stage your fight against Obama.
    Democratic party is not dumb, we know those behind causing trouble by portraying that they Hillary's fans to instigate bitterness among democrats.

    Please stop the devision, blog for republican if you are a republican and blog for democrats if you a democrats.

    You know Maccain has no chance of winning the fall election, so they are trying to devide democrats against each other. I trust true democrats.
    God Bless Americans and save Obama.

    June 30, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. Sammy

    Just as a matter of public perception the guy probably should not be part of this new group. All it does it distract from what McCain wants to say. Better to remove anything that the Democrats can use against him.

    Well... unless you are a Democrat. In which case the DNC should tell McCain to do the right thing and hire all the rest of the swift boaters.

    June 30, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. NH Mom

    Gen. Clark is right. There is absolutely nothing wrong with what he said. Unfortunately, Sen Obama and his supporters created such hyper-sensitivity during the primary about everything that anyone said about Obama that now it's coming back at them. Everyone is so quick to act indignant about innocuous and factually accurate comments – Sen. Clinton was the victim of this from Obama and his supporters and now it looks like Barack is getting a taste of his own medicine.

    But, General Clark is a hero (as is McCain) and Clark spoke the truth. Obama should have stood up for Gen. Clark.

    June 30, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. It Wont Work

    Alonzo wrote: "Note that blue ribbon hanging from Col Day's neck. Do you Obamanuts even know what that is?

    No, I suppose its a war decoration. Or mAybe he got it in a pie eating contest? Dunno, doesnt matter. We know what the Swift Boat effect is and I could care less about this guy. He wont be listened to by us.

    McCAin is computer illterate in an information society. Dont elect the illeterate.

    Obama 08'

    June 30, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. Tired of W, OH

    Apparently the swift-boaters are now welcomed on the "Straight Talk Express." What a Mc-Hypocrit.

    You, sir, are no longer "the maverick." Your transformation into a typical Rethuglican is now complete. I hope the independent voters are paying attention.

    June 30, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    The 2004 "Swift Boat" attacks were shown to be untrue, but is unfortunate that ANYONE who served in the military should find it necessary to think they must defend their service record, especially if they received an honorable discharge.

    The election should be decided on issues only! PERIOD!

    June 30, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. Gregory Dwight

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

    My understanding is that they were created to counter Kerry's claims which often didn't match the rhetoric. Kerry is a dishonest turd as is your Obama.

    Is McCain the cat's meow? Hardly, but you guys are all fooling yourselves.

    I've read comments at CNN.com telling "conservatives" that you won't be distracted; the comments here prove that you wouldn't allow facts to distract you either.

    June 30, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. Pat in Cali

    Birds of a feather flock together...

    June 30, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. Politico

    Feeling a bit defensive, McCain?

    While I respect his military record, doesn't it matter that, while a POW, he was completely removed from American society? I mean, can he really speak for the impact of the Vietnam War on the American citizens (and their response to it), other soldiers, or even the political climate, when he was unable to participate? Enduring hardship is a noble feat, but it doesn't make you a better leader. If anything, the isolation would work against you, not to mention your political views re: war would be informed by your very narrow experiences.

    June 30, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. Drew, Central FL

    They look so diverse in that ad, don't they?. Excuse me. I need to vomit now. All this "Straight Talk" is making me nauseous.

    June 30, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. Michelle, PA

    It's pathetic to see the McCain of 2008 morph into the McCain of 2000 – I would have happily voted for him 8 years ago. He's a shadow of his old independent self. He's like the geeky outcast high school kid who sells out all of his real friends to tag along with the "in" crowd, and sort of starts being acceptable to them, but never quite fits in. A neocon he'll never be, but the more he tries to run with them the more pathetic he looks. And now McCain has "in-crowd" boy Karl Rove as an "informal" adviser, so he's welcoming the Swiftboaters on board. Completely predictable but very, very sad.

    June 30, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. DM, Arlington TX for Barack Obama 08

    Dementia – Senator John McCain are you having problems right now?

    Why don't Senator John Macain actually talk about homeless Veterans//.

    June 30, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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