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Claim: Senator John McCain delivered a speech about a Vietnam POW who was beaten for sewing an American flag into his shirt.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2001]
Origins: Before turning to a political career which has included representing the state of Arizona for two terms in the House and four terms in the Senate, John McCain was a United States Naval Academy graduate who served as a naval aviator for twenty-two years and spent five and a half years as a prisoner of war after being shot down over Vietnam in 1967. Senator McCain rose to national prominence during his bid for the 2000 Republican presidential nomination, ultimately losing out to Governor
Senator McCain delivered versions of the anecdote quoted above — the tale of Mike Christian, a Navy navigator who had been shot down in Vietnam six months before McCain and who used a bamboo needle and scraps of colored cloth to sew an American flag inside his shirt — several times at speeches given along the campaign trail during
Last updated: 20 October 2001
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