Posted: January 15, 2008 9:11 PM
In S.C., McCain Hit with Ad Attacking His Military Service
While results come in Tuesday evening from Michigan’s Republican primary, Arizona Sen. John McCain will be watching from South Carolina. McCain left Michigan on Tuesday afternoon to get a head start on a final push in the Palmetto State, which holds its primary on Saturday.
Greeting McCain in South Carolina is a new attack ad targeting his military service in Vietnam. A group called “Vietnam Veterans Against McCain” is behind the mailer, which was sent to voters across the state.
The ad shows a cartoon drawing of McCain, a former Vietnam POW, sitting in a North Vietnamese prison with writing on the walls. “Elect Me, elect me, elect me, POW for President,” reads one of the scrawls in the drawing.
The front of the mailer can be viewed here and the back here.
McCain’s campaign put out a statement written by Orson Swindle, a fellow POW in Vietnam with McCain.
“Today, a shadowy political organization calling itself ‘Vietnam Veterans Against McCain’ launched a vicious attack on John McCain in an attempt to impugn his character in the closing days of the South Carolina Republican Primary,” Swindle said in the statement. “The group claims that John McCain turned his back on his fellow POWs in order to save his own skin. Nothing could be further from the truth. I know because I was there. The truth is, the North Vietnamese offered John McCain early release, and he refused.”