McCain bargained with his Vietnamese captors (Fred Thompson)

In his speech Sept. 2, 2008, to the Republican National Convention, former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., recounted John McCain’s time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam after his Navy plane was shot down in October 1967.

“They took him to the Hanoi Hilton, where he lapsed in and out of consciousness for days,” Thompson said in St. Paul, Minn. “He was offered medical care for his injuries if he would give up military information in return. John McCain said, ‘No.’ “

Thompson compresses details of McCain’s biography to offer the most positive picture of the Republicans’ 2008 standard-bearer. But in doing so he contradicts statements McCain made in his bestselling autobiography, Faith of My Fathers.

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