Skip to main content

In an interview with KDKA July 9th, John McCain claimed he recited the Pittsburgh Steelers starting defensive line when under distress with his North Vietnamese captors.

"When I was first interrogated and really had to give some information because of the physical pressures that were on me, I named the starting lineup -- defensive line -- of the Pittsburgh Steelers as my squadron-mates!"

That's all well and good, but from 1967 to 1973 during McCain's imprisonment, the Steelers were just starting the process of assembling  the great teams everyone remembers.

But let's play devil's advocate for a second.
McCain could have very well have been a Steelers fan back then. Maybe he did in fact name Ben McGee, Ken Kortas, Chuck Hinton and Lloyd Voss as the Steelers 1966 starting defensive line. A team that went 5-8-1, by the way.
We'll never know, but when asked by KDKA interviewer Jon Delano Wednesday if he could recall any of those players McCain said no.
By the time 1972 rolled around and the Steelers advanced to the AFC championship game, only McGee was left. By 1973, the year McCain was released, no one from the 1966 defensive line was left.
So his claim to have loved the team in those early years is a little off base. In fact, I don't think anyone would call the late 1960s as the early years of the Pittsburgh Steeler dynasty.
The team won 18 total games from 1967 to 1971, including a 1-13 record in 1969 which happened to be legendary coach Chuck Noll's first season.
Could it be McCain just got the Steelers confused with some other team? Perhaps.
On page 194 of his 1999 book "Faith of my Fathers" McCain writes:

Pressed for more useful information, I gave the names of the Green Bay Packers' offensive line, and said they were members of my squadron.

That would make more sense since the Green Bay Packers of the '60s were nationally recognized. McCain's Steeler claim is at best false pandering and at worst a window into a easily confused 71-year-old man. I mean, listen to the sincerity in his voice when he tells his story to the KDKA interviewer.
Frightening.

Originally posted to ytownohio on Wed Jul 09, 2008 at 11:36 PM PDT.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site