"One of the things that kept us going when I was in prison in North Vietnam was that we knew that if the situation were reversed that we would not be doing to our captors what they were doing to us," he said.
When Mr. McCain brings up the issue of torture, he is often met by a complex response. Many of the Republican voters he courts do not agree with his opposition to using on terrorism suspects aggressive interrogation techniques widely condemned as torture. But they are often captivated by his discussion of the issue, in some cases even moved to tears, as was the case in Boone.
On the campaign trail, Mr. McCain does not dwell on the personal details of his own five and a half years as a prisoner of war, the "torture ropes" in which he was bound day and night, or the beatings he endured. But as he speaks, the physical reminders his wounds are there for all to see, from the stiffness of his arms, which to this day he can only painfully raise above his head, to the shortness of his stride, a result of injury and subsequent beatings