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John McCain's own "band of brothers" gets a shout-out in St. Paul

John Kerry, at the 2004 Democratic National Convention that nominated him for president, made much of his "band of brothers" -- veterans who had served with him in Vietnam.

Tonight, as the Republican National Convention kicked fully into gear following its session that was abbreviated on Monday because of Hurricane Gustav, a small group of John McCain's military comrades were introduced (and loudly applauded) -- men who shared imprisonment and torture with him at the infamous Hanoi Hilton during the war in Vietnam.

McCain wasn't there; he arrives Wednesday in Minnesota's Twin Cities for the gathering that will officially make him the GOP's presidential nominee. Instead, introducing the POWs was one of their other fellow captives: Orson Swindle (who shared a cell with McCain).

Swindle's name may ring a distant bell for some -- in the 1992 presidential campaign, he served as a spokesman (as much as anyone could) for third-party candidate Ross Perot.

-- Don Frederick

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Would someone please tell me why the DNC has been much more diverse than the RNC? Is it because the Democrats tend to be more liberal and therefore are more inclusive and receptive to change, and the Republicans are more conservative and therefore they are less inclusive and less likely to embrace change, so they hang on to past practice and traditions?

RE: RNC - What a boring group of old has-been men. This is 2008!! McCain, Lieberman, Thompson, Reagan, Old Bush. Forget it!!! They are not relevant.

McCain is nothing without his advisors and "surrogates." Every time he opens his mouth he’s either sticking his foot in or spewing some sort of incoherent gibberish. He’s a puppet. It blows my mind that Americans would be duped into four more years of this garbage.

McCain's advisors and surrogates clearly blew it allowing him to choose Palin. In picking a VP he hoped would appeal to disaffected Hillary voters and Fundamentalists, McCain has evidenced political calculation that's contrary to his carefully crafted image as a "maverick." The same thing killed McGovern in 1972: after winning the primaries as a new kind of politician, he made post-convention choices (including a nightmare VP nominee) that turned off most of the voters that got him the nod. As someone who canvassed for McGovern in junior high school, this is one sweet moment for me.

Clearly the previous comments are from democrats...

who woulda thunk it...

you dont think obama has his handlers either? same with hillary. same with every president and political leader in the US since george washington.

you guys need to find a hobby...or an ACTUAL reason to hate McCain.

I agree! As the television cameras scan the floor at the convention, one sees old, white men! BORING!!

African American, or Black delegates and attendees at the RNC are way down compared to '04 for some reason...
We'd like to believe in a change, but who will deliver? The nomination of McCain, the man trashed in 2000 and formerly referred to as the Republican's "worst enemey" shows that desire, too. Does a President with a different name and skin color than before necessarily mean a positive change for us? Good Presidents work on solutions, not toeing The Party Line. Would Obama ever defy Pelosi and Reed? We should all remember the words of a former Democratic President; "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for you country" when considering the candidates and how they will serve.

If you think the economy is so bad and you want to throw the blame on George W Bush here's a fact for you! The only hit that the economy has taken since 9-11 was after the Democrats took control of the House and Senate! So keep throwing the rocks Dems!


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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