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Swift Boat vet offers Crist a race-tinged endorsement

Gov. Charlie Crist (R-Fla.), falling behind in the polls to Florida's conservative former House Speaker Marco Rubio in the Florida Senate GOP primary race, may have just received an endorsement he could have done without.

Medal of Honor-winning war hero Col. Bud Day -- a Fort Walton Beach, Fla., resident who spent years as a prisoner of war in the Hanoi Hilton with a top Crist supporter, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) -- offered a public endorsement of the governor Monday. The Northwest Florida Daily News has the details:

"You know, we just got through (electing) a politician who can run his mouth at Mach 1, a black one, and now we have a Hispanic who can run his mouth at Mach 1," Day said. "You look at their track records and they're both pretty gritty. Charlie has not got a gritty track record."
Day confirmed he was speaking of Obama and Rubio.
"You've got the black one with the reading thing. He can go as fast as the speed of light and has no idea what he's saying," Day said. "I put Rubio in that same category, except I don't know if he's using one of those readers."

Crist commented only on the praise -- "Charlie has not got a gritty track record."

"God bless him for that part," Crist said. As for the rest of it? "Well, everyone has a right to their analysis and how they think somebody performs in office, and it sounds like he gave his analysis."

Before yesterday, Day was perhaps best known for appearing in a "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth" ad opposing 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.).

In a press release, Crist said he "could not be more grateful" for Day's support. We'll see how his comments go over in Florida's sizable minority communities.

(Via The Washington Independent.)

By Matt DeLong  |  March 30, 2010; 1:36 PM ET
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Identifying people by the races they identify themselves as is hardly racist.

Posted by: axlmayhem | March 30, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

he never racist word

Posted by: Micholina1 | March 30, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Just a few more "heroes" speaking their minds like this idjit and the 60+% Hispanic vote for the Dems will be 95%, and the only five black votes for any Republican will be J.C. Watts, Michael Steele, Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sewell, and Walter Washington.

I wonder how many more minorities these mental giants can drive into the voting ranks of the democrats?

Posted by: ceflynline | March 30, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

To bad the medal didn't make him smart. Perhaps he felt entitled. Entitled to be a medaled jackass.

Posted by: MILLER123 | March 30, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Bud? More like Butthead.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | March 30, 2010 3:05 PM

More like crapheaad.

Posted by: truth1 | March 30, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid: "He (Obama) is a well-spoken negro."

He got away with it. How come Bud can't??

Posted by: tjhall1 | March 30, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't sound a whole lot worse than the things Byrd, Biden, and Reid and other Democratic old fogeys have said about Obama. And it's a lot better than what Jesse Jackson said about him.

Posted by: Peejay | March 30, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

In Sarah Palin's world, this jackass would be a patriotic, "real" American.

Wonder what he calls Crist? That "Orange fellow with the closet thing."

Posted by: jaysit | March 30, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Another Republican exposes his low character! Most Republicans seem stuck in the era of segregated restrooms and have no business leading in the 21st century.

Posted by: angie12106 | March 30, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Bud Day was "given" the "medal" for being a POW and surviving the captivity of you read his award citation it was for doing what he was supposed to do to start with "escape and evasion" after he was shot down, his Medal was given at the same date and time Admiral Stockdale's was awarded for the same thing surviving the POW camps as the ranking POW, yes their service was above and beyond but why not give the "medal" to all of the POWs some were there longer than either of these 2 men. Being a POW does not make anyone a "hero" just a survivor. Bud Day was quick to disparage John Kerrys Vietnam service when it suited him and he is supposed to be adored, why? He is a bitter old man and a bigot if this is his idea of help then he needs to stay away from computers and telephones, the man is a disgrace now. Yes I am a 2 war veteran Vietnam and Gulf War One my entire family has served back to 1775 I earned the right to my opinion the same as Bud Day

Posted by: mikey30919 | March 30, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

So he won a bunch of medals. He's still a racist moron.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 30, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Sad to see a hero of this magnitude make racist comments and negate his past deeds with his present senility.

Posted by: blarsen1 | March 30, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Why is it acceptable to play up the race and/or the ethnicity of a minority candidate for public office, but not acceptable to play up a White man's race?

Posted by: | March 30, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

I don't agree with Col. Day on much of anything.

And he is plainly an old fellow.

But can we acknowledge his distinguished service to his country (he served in three wars) -- this is a list of the man's awards and decorations [hard not to be impressed]

Command pilot

Medal of Honor
Air Force Cross
Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star
Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star with Combat "V" for Valor and three Oak Leaf Clusters (three Bronze Star Medals for "Valor" and one Bronze Star Medal)
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal with nine Oak Leaf Clusters
Purple Heart with three Oak Leaf Clusters
Prisoner of War Medal
Presidential Unit Citation (three awards)
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" for Valor (four awards)
Combat Readiness Medal
Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
Army Good Conduct Medal
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
National Defense Service Medal (2 awards)
Korean Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal with 14 campaign stars
Air Force Longevity Service Award, 5 oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Medal
National Order of Vietnam
United Nations Service Medal
Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm (individual award)
Vietnam Gallantry Cross (unit citation)
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Posted by: kipper72 | March 30, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Bud is somewhat of an embarrassment and a disgrace for anyone he supports. I hope he strongly supports Palin.

Posted by: axolotl | March 30, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Ahh, now that is some good old fashioned racism. How refreshing.

Posted by: ozpunk | March 30, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Why aren't there any nonwhite people at Teabagger rallies?

Seriously. "In Search Of Non-White People." You'll be looking a long time.

Posted by: bs2004 | March 30, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Bud the dud is a bitter old man who's still angry he was dumb enough to be captured by third-worlders wearing pajamas. He's the reason we lost in Vietnam. He was a loser in 'Nam, and he's a loser now. Time for Bud the Dud to crawl back under a rock. He's a disgrace to all vets.

Posted by: Garak | March 30, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Dumb and dumber. The story of modern conservatism.

Posted by: John1263 | March 30, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Ahhhh... the old, angry and confused. What cant they do?

Posted by: trident420 | March 30, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Bud should run as the new Teabagger candidate in Florida.

Posted by: marSF | March 30, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Not for me to mock a Medal of Honor honoree but the guy is probably still upset that Truman signed the order integrating the armed forces in 1948.

Posted by: MerrillFrank | March 30, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, take that, you nasty nogs and bheaners!

Posted by: californicationdude | March 30, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

bigfan2000 says, "In addition to his Medal of Honor, he led the Misty forward air controllers in Vietnam and after his retirement, led the successful effort to reinstate the lifetime medical benefits promised military retirees."

I wonder if that included the "black ones" as Col day refers to Us.


Posted by: patmatthews | March 30, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Just for future reference: You don't "win" the MOH. You earn it and are awarded the medal.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 30, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

And this guy's 84 years-old? Help! We need a death panel over here, stat.

Posted by: m_richert | March 30, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

44 needs to get out a little more. While Col. Day's remarks were unwise, he's known for a lot more than just appearing in a political ad. In addition to his Medal of Honor, he led the Misty forward air controllers in Vietnam and after his retirement, led the successful effort to reinstate the lifetime medical benefits promised military retirees. He should be forgiven an old man's sloppy language.

Posted by: bigfan2000 | March 30, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Recieving the MOH doesn't make you any smarter than you were before getting it.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 30, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

With friends like these...

Posted by: iowegian | March 30, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Col. Bud Day is no hero. He's just a piece of scum. Charlie Crist doesn't deserve his endorsement, nor does any politician. He's nothing but a bigot.

Posted by: COLEBRACKETT | March 30, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Bud? More like Butthead.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | March 30, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

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