October 26th, 2007
08:15 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain counters 60's counterculture with service and sacrifice

Watch Bill Schneider's report about Sen. McCain's effort to focus attention on his military record.

(CNN) - It is an odd anniversary to celebrate.  But Sen. John McCain took time on the campaign trail Friday to commemorate the fact that his plane was shot down, he was gravely injured, and held as a POW during the Vietnam war forty years ago.  Bill Schneider reports on how McCain is using his military service to distinguish himself in the 2008 presidential race.

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  1. DefendTheConstitution

    Just like back in the 60s the people don't want war McCain. They want peace. So pack it up and go into retirement with your warmongering neo-con buddies.

    October 26, 2007 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  2. Ginger Lee, Northern Utah

    Though I congratulate and thank McCain for his service, I knew it was only a matter of time before he started waving the bloody shirt again to boost his pitiful polls.

    October 27, 2007 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  3. Tom Flanigan, Phoenix, AZ

    Obviously everyone wants peace, probably nobody more strongly than McCain, who has experienced first hand some of the terrible consequences of war. His experience makes him the most likely to be humble when it comes to the use of force if necessary to protect peace – yet also the most likely to plan and execute the use of force to reach the desired outcome (a secure peace) as swiftly as possible. In other words he combines humility with resolve – and these traits can be seen in his presidential campaign. He is the least pandering (nobody's perfect) and most straightforward of the candidates, even when it has hurt him in the polls. That takes real courage and honesty, traits that everyone wants in a president.

    October 27, 2007 05:13 am at 5:13 am |
  4. mark wikes barre pa

    to the last two comment's Senater Mcain is not a war monger his opinions about Iraq and how to win there and get out of there quicker are based on his views of how politics and war donot mix ie. VIETNAM !!! Your both mindless idiots and worse than that you really suck for making light of a war hero with the experience and simple logic to know you cant bring politics to war with you. This man has earned the right to use his service to our great country any way he would like to,, Please,,,, tell me where I'm wrong here

    October 27, 2007 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  5. Sam, IA

    Your chance was in 2000 Mr. McCain. Had you stood up to that same group the swiftbaoted Kerry then. You could well have been President. The whisper campaign and the Rush propoganda broadcasts got you the same way and the same people did it then. Sorry . I honor you and your service. Sadly your party does not honor mine unless my dd214 is stamped with the Republican seal of approval.

    October 27, 2007 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  6. Carrol Ann, Newport, Maine

    0 comments speaks for itself!

    October 27, 2007 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  7. Cable King Pittsburgh PA

    Would someone please tell Senator McKain that this is 2007!

    October 27, 2007 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  8. Richard Horvath Newtown, CT

    While Senator McCain's courage as a POW is admirable, his pride in service is misplaced. The current consensus on the Vietnam War is that it was a politically and morally bankrupt venture, an opinion shared by Robert MacNamara, one of the main architects of that war. It would be courageous of McCain to admit it was a mistake rather than taking pride in serving in a war that needlessly cost thousands of lives. As for the 'counter-culture' and Woodstock, I view that as a life-affirming event in opposition to the death and destruction that Vietnam War supporters dedicated themselves to. Sometimes it takes more courage to stand for what's right than to blindly follow the dictates of established authority.

    October 27, 2007 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. Joeley Reno, Nevada

    I liked McCain when he was his own man, running against Bush.

    Seems now though, he has become a Stepford neo con.

    John, your time has come and gone. Thank you for your service but it's time to bow out gracefully (like a neo con can do that without a scandal, lol).

    Let the other Stepford Republicans like Rudy(Married three times and my kids don't even like me) Guiliani or Mitt Romney (my cult, I mean my Mormonism shouldn't be a factor)...let them be the standard bearers, the moral leaders of the Republican Party.

    October 27, 2007 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. Leigh, Pa.


    You thrive on war!

    Just what we don't need!

    October 27, 2007 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |

    i don't think that senator mccain is a war monger. that role is held by the idiot residing at 1600 pennsylvania ave for the moment. the great american symbol (the bald eagle) has been changed by george w bush. the eagle now faces the arrows because the olive branches have been shoved up it's tail feathers. that's foreign policy for you. colin powell coined the phrase "when i look into vladimir putins eyes i see three letters. KGB" that's funny , when i look into george w bush's eyes i can only see two letters. BS!

    October 28, 2007 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  12. Colleen,ny

    Well, there does seem to be alot of cults around lately.

    October 28, 2007 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  13. Private DeStefano

    CADENCE...We kill VC... USMC

    October 28, 2007 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. GracePayton Sun City Center, FL

    McCain is Bush lite. Vote for RonPaul!

    October 28, 2007 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |