Cleland urges Bush to condemn swift boat ads critical of Kerry. Cleland, a Democratic triple amputee who served in the Vietnam War, arrived in nearby Waco in the early afternoon with Jim Rassmann, the man who says he was pulled out of a river in Vietnam by Kerry, who ultimately saved his life. Rassmann said the ads by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth should not be lumped together with other 527 groups running political ads because it is simply untruthful. This comes after Bush denounced the ads. What grand standing on Cleland's behalf.