McCain Had a '60s Radical Friend of His Own

Made friends with ex-Vietnam protestor
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2008 1:48 PM CDT
John McCain speaks at a rally at Cabarrus Arena & Event Center in Concord, NC, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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(Newser) – John McCain has been busily exploiting and distorting Barack Obama’s passing relationship with '60s radical Bill Ayers, but McCain himself had a much closer relationship with another '60s radical, David Ifshin, writes Joe Klein of Time. Ifshin was an anti-Vietnam radical whom many people accused of treason after he flew to Hanoi and denounced US pilots as “war criminals.”

In 1984 McCain gave a speech demonizing Ifshin—then a top adviser for Walter Mondale—but regretted it because, he told Klein, “I didn’t know the guy.” He later met Ifshin, and apologized, and the two forged a lasting friendship. McCain even spoke at his funeral, saying, “David taught me a lot about the meaning of courage.”