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Gatsas returns Donald Trump's $5K over POW remarks

New Hampshire Union Leader

September 21. 2015 2:59PM

Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas' re-election campaign returned a $5,000 donation from Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, citing the billionaire's controversial comment that John McCain was only a war hero because he was captured.

The donation was returned July 20. It was reflected in the finance report that Gatsas filed Sept. 14 with the city of Manchester.

Trump escalated a running feud with U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., by questioning his hero bona fides during the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa in July.

"He's not a war hero," Trump said. "He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured, OK."

McCain, a two-time winner of the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary, was shot down during the Vietnam War and held as a prisoner for five and a half years, suffering brutal beatings during interrogations by the enemy.

Gatsas, in a phone interview Monday, said he returned the donation to Trump shortly after the presidential candidate made his comments in Iowa. It was not just about McCain, he added.

"I think all POWs are heroes," he said. "I think that's the end of it."

Gatsas and Alderman Joyce Craig face off in the mayoral general election on Nov. 3.

(Union Leader Staff Writer Paul Feely contributed to this report.)

"He’s not a war hero," Trump said at a gathering in Ames, Iowa, of religious conservatives after the event's moderator, pollster Frank Luntz, used the phrase to describe McCain. "He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured." - See more at:


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