DC: Former Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota once questioned Sen. John McCain of Arizona’s status as a war hero in a 2000 interview, arguing that one cannot be a war hero if captured.
“I doubt I could cross the line and vote Republican. I have tremendous respect for McCain but I don’t buy the war-hero thing. Anybody can be captured. I thought the idea was to capture them. As far as I’m concerned, he sat out the war,” Franken told Salon.com in a 2000 interview.
McCain was captured by a group of North Vietnamese in 1967. He spent the next five and a half years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, where he was tortured, beaten to the point of losing consciousness and kept in solitary confinement for over three years. more