June 30th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
14 years ago

McCain campaign launches new 'Truth Squad'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/30/art.mccaintruth.ap.jpg caption="McCain is launching a truth squad."](CNN) - John McCain’s campaign announced Monday it was launching a new Truth Squad to defend the presumptive Republican nominee’s military record after controversial comments by former Gen. Wes Clark, an Obama supporter, who said Sunday that the Arizona senator’s service in Vietnam did not mean that he was qualified to serve as commander-in-chief.

Leaders of the latest group include McCain’s fellow Vietnam prisoners of war Air Force Col. Bud Day and Marine Lt.Col. Orson Swindle, along with former Navy pilot Carl Smith, who served with him.

Earlier in the primary season, the campaign created a similar effort in advance of the presidential primary in South Carolina, where McCain’s 2000 White House bid was derailed by rumors spread by supporters of then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush.

The South Carolina group included Adjutant General Stan Spears, state Attorney General Henry McMaster, House Speaker Bobby Harrell and Seventh Circuit Solicitor Trey Gowdy.

Earlier this month, Barack Obama’s campaign launched an aggressive effort to respond to and discredit e-mail rumors about the presumptive Democratic nominee, including a new Web site that gives supporters the ability to upload their address books for rapid response messages and a chart that lays out alleged sources of misinformation.


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soundoff (272 Responses)
  1. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    WHO IS HE BORROWING THE TRUTH FROM????

    HE HASN'T TOLD THE TRUTH FOR AT LEAST 30 YEARS.

    June 30, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. Johnny

    Is that anything like a "dignity battalion"? Now who was it who used to have those? Hmmm....

    June 30, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. rudy

    Lieberman is a ne con. Everything he says should be viewed through to prism of his Zionist indeology.

    June 30, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. Jeronimo

    Truth squads.... Lexington projects, I feel like I'm trapped in a cheap novel.

    Anyway, isn't truth in this context an oxymoron.

    June 30, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. David Goldman for OBAMA

    THE TRUTH IS HE IS A LIER, THIEF & BIGOT.

    June 30, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. Foreign Observer

    it's quite silly - all Clark said is "getting shot down doesn't qualify you to be commander in chief" - who would even dream of contesting the truth of that statement?

    June 30, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. jr

    So I guess Wes Clark is implying that based on his own military experience, he too has nothing of value to offer should he be asked to serve a roll in an Obama administration.

    Does his comment also imply that Eisenhower and Kennedy's military experience counted for nothing either. Wes, your one tinny piece of a long line of jokes that a potential Obama presidency intends to play of an gullible electorate. Get over yourself.

    June 30, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. Nova from NV

    I think I know why many of Obama's supporters are young. These young people don't give a darn thing about the sacrifice our arm forces has given for them and Obama. All they can do is to attack McCain's record. I doubt that these people could even spend one day at the Hanoi Hilton.A president Obama would falter under pressure during a terrorist attack just like he did during the debates.

    June 30, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    Does McBush mean like the one which George W. Bush "launched"? Yeah, right!! LOL!

    June 30, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. Mike_CO

    Truth squad, and politics kinda of an oxymoron. Will be just another staged event like sept._. Joe is seems you have forgot about tikkum olum. Shame, Shame

    June 30, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. ProundToBeDemocrat

    Being a vietnam Pow does not make you any better than anybody it your leadership ablity that matters to be a comandor and chief. Mccain is not smart enough, young enough to lead this country I do not care what he supporters lile Iierbuman and alikes say the are spreading Rumer to make Americans fearful, we need a leader with Good judgement like Obama to run our country.

    June 30, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. Connie

    Does this mean John McBush will be telling the truth now,not. John McBush is running on his service record , how many years did Bobby Jindal , Mitt Romney or most of his possibly running mates serve?After all they will be only a heart beat from the oval office.Check Huffington Post.com and see the truth that John and Cindy were four years behind in taxes on their 7th home in Calf. OBAMA 08

    Connie from Indiana

    June 30, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. Karen L. Reimer, Mt. Bethel, PA

    What is the truth about the ladies who were accusing McCain of being a war criminal on Saturday?

    June 30, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. David

    How about some Truth about all the lobbyists in your camp?

    June 30, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. The Truth

    Well Ginger if you're right have fun standing in the unemployment line while paying record high food prices and paying $5.00 a gallon for gas.

    Same goes for anyone else, including Puma nuts, who want Old Man Mac instead of Barack.

    June 30, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  16. L

    To set the record straight. McCain was SEPERATED from his first wife and was in the final processes of divorce when he met cindy. Dont go on about her stealing him from another women. I'm sorry but a 5 year gap in a relationship is not always going to bring people closer together...He met Cindy, married and a few years later they had 3 beautiful children together and adopted another one who was at one of Cindy's operation smile hospitals in Banglidesh. what a great family, they have the respect of so many Americans.

    June 30, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  17. charles

    McCain speaking about truth after what that schmuck Liberman says.

    June 30, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. carlo

    Fella from Chicago:

    No one hates McCain! I just don't think his being a POW for five years should be used as some sort of bullet-proof vest every time someone brings up an issue that he thinks is beneath him (or a question he can't answer).

    June 30, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  19. John McCain-McFlip-Flop-McBush is no "maverick"

    I hope this isn't a self-monitoring squad since every lie and flip-flop from McCain gets a free ride from the press corps and CNN – The New Faux News for the gullible war hero tag line without questions or impunity.

    June 30, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  20. Dwayne - L, OH

    New Truth Squad? Then McSame better go ahead and quit now.

    June 30, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. Carol, Lansing MI

    I've got the strange feeling of DejaVu here, how about you? Wow, a truth squad website – how original. Aren't you glad you thought of that first McCain?

    Why are you pro-actively defending your military record, you know the one you still try to keep secret although in the past you expected John Kerry to fully release his? General Clark didn't discredit your service, he just doesn't believe it automatically makes qualified for President.

    Or are you afraid of Vietnam Veterans Against John McCain? You know the group, they were started many years ago by your fellow servicemen and family members of POWs who didn't come home. Started because of the documents that were available through the FOIA that outlines how you were found guilty of "seriously collaborating" with the enemy and during your service how you failed repeatedly to following procedures leading to the deaths of 9 of your felllow servicemen.

    June 30, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. AREYOUFORREAL

    Even Obama has gotten McCain to change. He change his slogan to a Leader you can beleive. Changing his site to fight off smear attacks.

    Who said Obama can not change things? Change is all around us.

    June 30, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. AREYOUFORREAL

    Even Obama has gotten McCain to change. He change his slogan to a Leader you can beleive in. Changing his site to fight off smear attacks.

    Who said Obama can not change things? Change is all around us.

    June 30, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. Chut Pata

    Sounds like the "Truth Commission" of apartheid day South Africa where all white special police performed "Bopha" on black school children to extract "truth".

    So upon whom shall McCain perform "Bopha"? Just Obama or all black and Muslim kids in the USA?

    Oh yes, the German Shepherd dogs, especially trained to attack blacks only, are missing. McCain needs to get them soon.

    June 30, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. DM, Arlington TX for Barack Obama 08

    I truly respect Senator McCain however after looking at his latest live conference it seem to me that he is showing signs of Dementia.

    Can some one help him out we need for him to get help now...
    Please help Senator John McCain Now... Dementia is serious

    June 30, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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