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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Back Roads to the White House: McCain's day for Day

Excerpted from this post at Back Roads to the White House

If Sen. John McCain needed an energy infusion for his uphill White
House bid, he couldn't have asked for any more than he got from
82-year-old retired Air Force Col. Bud Day on Tuesday. McCain broke
with recent political tradition in these years after the Sept. 11,
2001, terrorist attacks by scheduling a partisan political rally on
Tuesday's anniversary. But he did it just south of Sioux City, Iowa,
at Col. Bud Day Field, an Air Force facility named for his fellow
Vietnam prisoner of war and longtime friend. Day, a Medal of Honor
recipient, is one of the most highly-decorated military veterans in
U.S. military history, dating back to his service in the Marines
during World War II, as an Air Force pilot in the Korean and Vietnam
wars, and including his more than five years in prisoner of war camp
in Vietnam. Day bounced off a bus, strode to a stage ahead of McCain
and then he made it clear to Tuesday night's crowd that nobody had
better question the honor of his former Vietnam cellmate.

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