Vietnam Stays With McCain

Philosophy rooted in visits continues to influence candidate
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2008 2:35 PM CDT

(Newser) – After 5 years as a POW, John McCain returned to Vietnam in 1974 and 1985, trips that inextricably linked him with the war in American minds. They also helped color the way he thinks about foreign policy and helped him learn to make amends with onetime enemies when it meant closure on MIAs. The Boston Globe looks at the candidate's evolution through the prism of that experience.

"His thinking that we needed to begin to solve the wounds of Vietnam came out of that trip," an ex-adviser says of the 1985 visit, during which McCain traveled with Walter Cronkite. "His belief that we could help Vietnam by being there was helped by that trip."