07/26/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

McCain Surrogate: "The Muslims" Are "Going To Kill Us"

On a conference call with reporters, John McCain surrogate Bud Day doesn't do much to endear his candidate to Muslims:

One of John McCain's fellow POW's in Vietnam defended the war in Iraq, saying, "The Muslims have said either we kneel or they're going to kill us.''


Colonel Bud Day added: "I don't intend to kneel and I don't advocate to anybody that we kneel, and John doesn't advocate to anybody that we kneel.''

Muslim leaders have complained that they have been vilified as terrorists since the Sept. 11 attacks.

A McCain campaign spokesman declined to disavow the comments.

Bud Day is best known for his work with the Swift Boat Veterans For Truth, attacking John Kerry in the 2004 election. He's now a member of McCain's Truth Squad. The McCain campaign brought Day out recently to criticize comments made by Wesley Clark about McCain's experience.

McCain has had trouble controlling his surrogates lately: while he says it's good that Obama is traveling to Iraq, people affiliated with his campaign won't stop attacking the trip.