Democratic Party Presidential Candidate Barack Obama decided to get "down and dirty" in his campaign against Republican Candidate John McCain. From a speech delivered in front of 2500 people in Cleveland, Obama attempted to "set the record straight" about McCain's war record.
Said Obama, "I understand that John McCain never commanded a Swift Boat in Vietnam. He is not supported by the official Swift boat organizations in his bid for the presidency of this country."
"It has also come to my attention that the Arizona Senator never once showed up for National Guard duty in Texas, just like our current President. Fully verifiable records from all National Guard and Air Force bases in Texas show that he never reported for any official duty while a member of the Texas National Guard."
"I have also learned that John McCain had a cushy life during the Vietnam War. While hundreds of good Americans were fighting in the jungles, he was living a life of ease in the Hanoi Hilton. While his countrymen slept on the ground or on cots, he was living in a hotel! Room service! Turn down service! In room movies! Hot showers! Clean sheets and towels daily! He even had a private room for much of his stay there!"
Veteran's in the audience who attempted to point out that McCain was a member of the U.S. Navy, serving upon the air craft carrier U.S.S. Forrestal, and not on Swift boats, that he was a member of the Navy and never in the Texas National Guard, and that the Hanoi Hilton was a prisoner of war camp where McCain was captive for 5 1/2 years, they were shouted down by the nominee.
"I don't care what political spin my opponent wants to put on my information. I just don't think he was much of a soldier.