Discuss as:

Defending Swiftboats

From NBC's Domenico Montanaro, Caroline Gransee and Alex Wall
Following up on the McCain campaign's earlier call, here's something that's been picked up on -- one of the "Truth Squad" Members apparently was part of "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth" which attacked John Kerry for his service in 2004.

"In hopes of nipping any criticism in the bud," Huffington Post writes, "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 squad that had worked so hard to defame Sen. John Kerry's own Vietnam record."

Day defended Swift Boats, Ben Smith and others note. "What the Swift Boat campaign was about was to lay out John Kerry's record. John Kerry has never produced any evidence to deny that," he said. "In contrast, he said, he and others on the call had produced 'evidence pointing out that [Clark's] remarks were completely inaccurate.'"

ThinkProgress was among those who pointed out Day's involvement in February.

McCain came out against Swift Boats efforts.