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McCain Gets an Unlikely Endorsement?


John McCain has fielded the unlikeliest of endorsements — from his former captor in the Vietnam War.

Tran Trong Duyet, who was in charge of the so-called “Hanoi Hilton” where McCain was imprisoned for more than five years after his plane was shot down in 1967, told the British Broadcasting Corporation that he now considers McCain his “friend” and that if he had the chance he would vote for him for president.

“If I were American, I’d vote for John McCain,” Duyet, now 75, told the BBC. “I think he’d make a very capable president. He’s done so much to improve relations between our two countries.”

Duyet, who called McCain “very conservative” and “very loyal to his country,” said he has followed the Arizona senator’s career since he left the prison.

“I wish him success in the presidential election,” he said.


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