June 30th, 2008
01:01 PM ET
11 years ago

McCain Truth Squad defender was Swift Boat Vet member

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/30/art.budday.cnn.jpg caption="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. Independent Veteran

    Alonzo Demetrius...The medal around his neck is the Medal of Honor. However, there is no honor in degrading a fellow veteran who has served honorable, earned several major combat medals and exercised his right to free speech. Mr Day is a disgrace to the medal...he should forfeit it out of principle.

    June 30, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. Joe

    Alonzo D,

    From Obama supporter and active duty Marine: Bud day is wearing a Medal of Honor (highest military award). This man, although within his right, publically and openly criticized another war veteran's war service, John Kerry. In my opnion it's shameful to criticize another vet's service to aid his own political agenda, especially when John Kerry actually had two feet on the ground in Vietnam while George Bush and Cheney were dodging military service overseas.

    A war hero doesn't have to say he's a war hero and to wear his medal around his neck while pushing a political agenda is shameful. and yes, I've served in Iraq... been there done that.

    June 30, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. Veteran in Kansas

    Revalations on the truth. I doubt if anyone that supported the Swift Boatsers would know truth if it bite them.

    Fact John Kerry was awared three purple hearts, a silver star and a bronze star by the Department of Defense through proper channels. John Kerry's war record was then trashed by a group of disgruntled so called veterans that through theor support with a individual that's only service was in the Texas Air National Guard, and that his only defense of his service waswaving a DD214 that said honorable on it.

    The blue ribbon deserves respect, it does not mean anything else, and I am distressed that it appears to be used to imply anything else.

    Truth squd = swift boat = sleeze

    June 30, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. Adam Habib Dallas, TX

    You see, GOP is all about dirty politics. They are good at smears, throwing muds, trashing your record and then they use prtriotism blanket. McCain used to be a Maverick who sold his sould to GOP hacks.

    June 30, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. marie

    General Clark was telling the truth. McSame has no experience whatsoever. General Clark has more experience than McSame. These liers can go right ahead and discredit Clark and Obama because nobody is going to take any notice of your dirty lies.

    June 30, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. Allie

    Obama is real talker.
    That's about it.
    Who is he to comment on much of anything.
    What is wrong with the media.
    The guy is a chicago politician.
    He's an empty suit.
    Just report the truth and don't be so afraid of this guy.

    June 30, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. God Bless Swift Boaters

    Maybe these boys can show him a Viet Nam POW cell to bring back memories and make him go cookoo..hahaha

    June 30, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. Just Sayin..

    Bud Day is pure evil....I wonder how he sleeps at night! Just remember Bud...GOD WILL REMEMBER WHAT YOU HAVE DONE!!

    June 30, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  9. Natalie

    HYPOCRITES!!!! The more I learn about McCain and his cohorts, the more I dislike them, the more he appears to be like Bush, the more he appears to be a liar and panderer, and the more he seems unpresidential!

    Obama/Clinton '08

    June 30, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. Jester00

    And that's not change we can believe in... (creepy smile)

    June 30, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. Frank Lee

    Well, what do you know – the SwiftLiars sobered up just in time to get into this campaign.

    What a coincidence................

    June 30, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  12. Carrie USMC (former republican)

    It's a sad day when the press,and media just blasts one candidate and glosses over the other candidates issues,and flip flops.
    It's okay though because in November our voices will be heard LOUD AND CLEAR.

    June 30, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Barbara Campbell

    No surprises here. The Swift Boaters have been shown to be a political group that migrates from one attack operation to another. Clearly Bud Day's connection with the McCain campaign confirms that McCain has no interest in the truth.

    June 30, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. A unknow black man from Canada help blogged 4 Obama since primary.

    Same one who doesn't recognize his fellow veterance now supporting another veterance. Ironic that Maccain will do anothing to portay his military recond.

    How is that makes him a commander in chief?

    Judgement matters Maccain war, not having wmb and now turning the fight to terrorist fight is disturbing.

    June 30, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. HG

    Bud Day has always been a paid phony.

    June 30, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  16. Rene

    Hey Alonzo – so you're saying that no democrats have ever been war heroes or earned their medals? Swift-boaters make me sick! That old man Day should be ashamed of himself.

    If you don't like Obama then used your vote to elect McCain, not your disgusting, twisted, swift-boat tactics and lying smears.

    Dirty politics is infecting the populace – just the way Rove meant them to.

    June 30, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  17. Republican for Obama

    Is it sad that all they can find is the SAME people to keep spreading their lies for them? You would think that there would be more then this SAME LINK that has to be part of BOTH campaigns.

    Furthermore; ironically enough, they keep getting people that were in war, preach about war, and support war actions to be part of their campaigns. Does this tell you something? Is the Republican Party all about war?

    These people use their POW tag as some kind of insignia of entitlement. What they know is torture, and their intent is to unleash some of it upon us in our own homeland. They have one desire, to put us in war so more of us will be made to suffer like they did. That's just cruel.

    I honor their service to our country, but I fear their experiences may have psychologically hampered their ability to think rationally, civilly and wisely. The past is the past, the future is now. Wars of yesterday are no reason to be in war today.

    Obama '08

    Obama '08

    June 30, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  18. NObama

    This article is INCORRECT. Swift Boat Veterans for Truth was NOT "created to attack" Kerry's service record. The group was formed amongst themselves (you imply that they were the creation of the Republican party) that openly questioned the exagerations (some true, others not) of John Kerry.

    That Kerry was unable to defend his record does not make the group an attack vehicle in and of itself.

    CNN continues to be so enamored with Obama that it has compromised objectivity.

    June 30, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  19. Yes we can, PA

    Let me get this straight...You railroaded John Kerry, a highly decorated vet, for speaking out against the war (a war we all now know was HUGE mistake at best), but it's wrong for Gen. Clark to say that military service does not qualify you for the presidency?

    Where is the attack on McCain in Gen. Clark's statement? There is none! Day is a self-serving, egomaniac with an axe to grind.

    June 30, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. Haas

    Just think. If this old fart and his cronies wouldn't have swift boated Kerry we'd have no Bush today. Nice going McCain. Sound like you ARE running for Bush's 3rd term. Wake up America!!!

    June 30, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. J. McKinnley, Newport

    John McCain is a hero because he survived being a prisoner of war.
    I respect that fact. But how does that indeed qualify him to be commander in chief? After all, he did allow himself to be captured by
    the enemy. With all due respect to McCain, Perhaps those who were smart enough to avoid capture were are the ones more capable of leadership.

    June 30, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. Justin in CA

    Dose a phrae "having your cake an deating too" come to mind

    June 30, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. OOPS!!!

    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.

    McWar.............Before this week is gone all your low life tricks .........
    are going to come home to ROOST!!!!.....talking about doing any thing to Win ..........Clark is telling the TRUTH .....OLD HOG JAW!!!!!

    June 30, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. Will in Richmond, VA

    "Truth", huh?

    How Ironic.

    What IS true is that being shot down in a plane and being a Prisoner of War is not in and of itself a qualification to be commander in chief of the armed forces.


    June 30, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  25. Justmyopinion2008

    No matter what the counter ADs Sen McCain and co launches, people know already those facts from internet before Gen. Wesley Clark said them. Sen. McCain is always flashing with his POW status. Everyone must realize that being a commander of ground forces is a lot tougher experience. If you had to take cover from jet fighters/bombers, bullets, shell bombs, see both your men and women die, as well as enemies die, etc. It is a different ball game than flying over throwing bombs which is more remote than being on the ground. Haven't said that different arms of the arm forces contributes in their own way. Nevertheless one should not make a tree to be a forest!
    Sen. McCain says that talking to Hamas, and others amount to "appeasment of terrorist" , does he and his Joe Lieberman think that Israelis are appeasing the terrorist now by negotiating with them for cease fire and prisoner's release?? We should not forget that Sen. McCain told us that the streets of Bahgdad were safe to walk around, only to find out that he was able to do that because he had both helicopter gunships and Marines cover against snipers fires! What a truth teller!!! An elephant that calls a horse a fat animal!

    June 30, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
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