Arizona Sen. John McCain marked the 40th anniversary of his imprisonment as a prisoner of war in Vietnam with an appearance Friday in Iowa with retired Air Force Col. Bud Day, a fellow former POW and Medal of Honor recipient.
“The two men laughed heartily as soldiers and sailors do when they tell war stories,” writes Tom Witosky of the Des Moines Register. “Fate and a Soviet-made surface-to-air missile that blasted McCain’s plane from the sky turned two men into lifelong friends.”
“John jokes that it takes no unique talent to intercept an SA-2 missile guided to you,” they write. “Those of us who know him, and have shared some of his experiences, know better. He is a man of great courage. He has faced vicious enemies, armed with nothing but his character and determination.”
And campaign manager Rick Davis also sent an e-mail to supporters to mark the anniversary and ask for campaign donations.
“John McCain came home more committed than ever to the notion of honor and service to his country,” Davis writes. “He has spent a lifetime in the service of the American people. We are lucky that a leader of his caliber, intellect and bravery is running for president.”
Also Friday, the McCain campaign released a new television ad in New Hampshire. The spot, called “Woodstock,” attacks Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for trying to secure funds for a museum dedicated to the 1969 rock festival.
In the memo, McCain campaign manager Davis outlines the reasons why Giuliani’s argument that he is the most electable Republican candidates is false.
“Simply put, Rudy Giuliani puts the Republican coalition of social and economic conservatives at risk and his nomination would have devastating results for our party,” Davis writes.
Looking ahead, McCain’s main events over the next three days are scheduled fundraisers. He will raise money in Greenwich, Conn., Monday followed by finance events in New York City, Washington, D.C, and McLean, Va., on Tuesday and Wednesday.
On Tuesday he is also slated to meet with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in New York and on Wednesday he is expected to participate in the Federation of American Hospitals’ Presidential Health Care Forum in Washington.