Swift Boat Veterans for Truth will begin airing a new ad tomorrow featuring the wives of former POWs in Vietnam, recounting how their husbands and other prisoners were tortured to obtain confessions of atrocities while John Kerry accused American soldiers of war crimes back home.
The 527 group, producers of a best-seller calling Kerry “Unfit for Command,” has a $1.4 million ad buy on national cable and on broadcast television in the swing states of Pennsylvania, New Mexico and Nevada.
The featured wives, Mary Jane McManus and Phyllis Galanti, will participate in an accompanying media blitz with satellite media tours, talk-radio interviews, editorials and local events.
In the 60-second spot, the swiftboat vets’ seventh, the wives refer to Kerry’s 1971 Senate testimony in which he made a blanket condemnation of Americans serving in Vietnam, charging the chain of command fostered an environment in which they regularly committed atrocities.
The group’s second ad included Phyllis Galanti’s husband, Paul, a prisoner of war from January 1966 to February 1973, saying, “John Kerry gave the enemy for free what I and many of my comrades in North Vietnam, in the prison camps, took torture to avoid saying. … It demoralized us.”
The new spot, titled “Never Forget,” includes a reference on screen to the website of a television documentary, “Stolen Honor,” that provides more testimony by former POWs of the demoralizing impact of Kerry’s war-crimes accusations.
The text of the ad reads:
Mary Jane McManus: Three months after we were married, my husband was shot down over Hanoi.
Phyllis Galanti: Paul and I were married in 1963. Two years later he was shot down over North Vietnam.
McManus: All of the prisoners of war in North Vietnam were tortured in order to obtain confessions of atrocities.
Galanti: On the other hand, John Kerry came home and accused all Vietnam veterans of unspeakable horrors.
McManus: John Kerry gave aide and comfort to the enemy by advocating their negotiating points to our government.
Galanti: Why is it relevant? Because John Kerry is asking us to trust him.
McManus: I will never forget John Kerry’s testimony. If we couldn’t trust John Kerry then, how could we possibly trust him now?