One of John McCain's fellow POW's in Vietnam defended the war in Iraq, saying, "The Muslims have said either we kneel or they're going to kill us.''
In a phone call with reporters arranged by Republican Party of Florida, Colonel Bud Day added: "I don't intend to kneel and I don't advocate to anybody that we kneel, and John doesn't advocate to anybody that we kneel.''
Muslim leaders have complained that they have been villified as terrorists since the Sept. 11 attacks.
Day, who lives in Pensacola, was part of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth that smeared former Democratic nominee John Kerry's war record in 2004. McCain, who spearheaded major campaign finance reforms, has criticized so-called 527 groups that are not regulated by election laws and can raise unlimited money for attack ads.
But Day, a highly decorated Medal of Honor recipient, said: "The bottom line is this: 527 groups can do very effective, truthful things, and the Swift Boat attack was totally truthful.''
As Democrat Barack Obama prepares to visit Iraq, the Republican Party of Florida is circulating this "documentary."