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John McCain Uses Swiftboater Bud Day To Attack Wesley Clark

So much for McCain's Truth Squad. What a joke. McCain just trotted out a man who was a leading voice from the Swift boaters against John Kerry, Bud D

So much for McCain's Truth Squad. What a joke. McCain just trotted out a man who was a leading voice from the Swift boaters against John Kerry, Bud Day.

Sen. John McCain's campaign on Monday launched the McCain "Truth Squad" - a group of political and Vietnam contemporaries who would counter attacks on the Senator's military record. In hopes of nipping any criticism in the bud, the campaign brought on board a man quite familiar with how these types of attacks gain legs: Bud Day, a fellow POW who was part of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth that worked so hard to defame Sen. John Kerry's own Vietnam record.

On the conference call, Day - in addition to the other participants - decried comments made by Gen. Wesley Clark over the weekend, in which he questioned whether McCain's war experience really qualified him to be commander-in-chief. Defending McCain's service, Day was quick to personalize his remarks, attack.

That Day would politicize Vietnam in his defense of McCain is not surprising. During the 2004 campaign, he said of Kerry: "My view is he basically will go down in history sometime as the Benedict Arnold of 1971." And after appearing in a national advertisement for the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth campaign, Day formed the Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation, an extension of the Swift Boat effort.

Asked to compare the attacks he helped launched against Kerry in 2004 to those being waged at McCain today, Day said the defining issue was truthfulness.

This only makes Obama’s remarks about Clark all the more regrettable. What a liar that Bud Young is.. At least he could have said "truthiness"....

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