Bud Day is an American hero. He is a Medal of Honor winner, and shared a cell in the Hanoi Hilton with John McCain. He is now 85 years old. Following his endorsement of Charlie Crist, he had some unfortunate, racially-tinged remarks about Obama and Rubio.

Here's Day:

“You know, we just got through (electing) a politician who can run his mouth at Mach 1, a black one, and now we have a Hispanic who can run his mouth at Mach 1,” Day said. “You look at their track records and they’re both pretty gritty. Charlie has not got a gritty track record.”

Day confirmed he was speaking of Obama and Rubio.

“You’ve got the black one with the reading thing. He can go as fast as the speed of light and has no idea what he’s saying,” Day said. “I put Rubio in that same category, except I don’t know if he’s using one of those readers.”

Here's Crist:

A St. Petersburg Times/Miami Herald reporter read Crist the comments and he said, "Everyone has a right to their analysis and how they think somebody performs in office."

It's not that hard to admire Day and praise Day's service while objecting to some of his remarks. What is Crist thinking?

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