The Mistake Talk Express

From ABC News:

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) stepped away Friday from seeming to suggest earlier in the day that the Iraq War was motivated by U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

At a town hall meeting in Denver Friday morning, McCain was discussing the war in Iraq, and comments about how long the United States will be involved in that region, when he pivoted quickly to energy policy.

“And I just want to promise you this: My friends, I will have an energy policy, that we will be talking about, which will eliminate our dependence on oil from the Middle East,” McCain said. “That will prevent us from having ever to send our young men and women into conflict again in the Middle East.”

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After landing in Phoenix later in the day, McCain told reporters that he was not saying that the conflict is about oil.

“We went to Iraq because we believed that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and he was going to use them,” McCain said, reiterating what he has said before on numerous occasions.

He said that he was actually referring to the first Gulf War when he talked about how a new energy policy would allow the Untied States never to have to “send our young men and women into conflict again in the Middle East.”


But he did not mention the first Gulf War during his town hall meeting in Denver. His comments then came in the context of a conversation about the latest Iraq struggle, and how his plans for Iraq differ from that of his Democratic opponents, who want to begin withdrawing troops quickly from Iraq.


In the very next sentence, McCain said that he wanted to promise Americans that his energy policy would prevent future conflict in the Middle East, as noted above.


With no senior advisors traveling with the senator today, the campaign’s traveling press secretary Brooke Buchanan came to the back of the plane before landing to defend her boss’ remarks. The initial defense asserted that he was not referring to the current war in Iraq, but America’s involvement in the first Gulf War, which was at least partially due to the country’s reliance on foreign oil.

After the plane had landed, McCain himself tried to clarify his remarks, at first agreeing with his press secretary: “I was talking about that we had fought the first Gulf War for several reasons. One of them was Saddam Hussein’s invasion and that’s just not something that’s acceptable…but also we didn’t want them to have control over the oil, and that part of the world is critical to us because of our dependency on foreign oil. And it’s more important than in any other part of the world.”

McCain then summarized his point by basically restating his remarks from earlier in the day: “We will have independency of foreign oil and we will not have to have that as a factor in any conflict that we have to engage in. …I want us to remove our dependency on foreign oil for national security reasons. That’s what I was saying. And that’s all I mean.”

But then when specifically asked by an Associated Press reporter if, when he made the statement, he was “thinking about the first Gulf War,” he said no.

“No, I was thinking about- it’s not hard to- we will not,” McCain stumbled.

Read the transcript of the conversation between Captain Underpants and the AP reporter at the MSNBC link above.


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14 responses to “The Mistake Talk Express

  1. jlms qkw - jenn

    mcstoopid for sure.

    actually hinted at the truth then backed away.

    i can’t handle worse dreams. i hope you’re referring to mccain’s dreams.

  2. jenn,
    sometimes i really wonder if he even knows what the hell he is saying nowadays. just about everything that comes out of his mouth has to be explained or retracted afterwards.

  3. and overall the insane/same one STILL gets a free ride — where is the media floodgates on Hagee?

  4. jeb

    Iranians are arming Al Qaeda in Iraq (their mortal enemies); we invaded Iraq once because of our dependence on foreign oil except when we invaded them for those clearly dangerous WMDs; Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Iran…

    Who says it can’t get worse than Bush?

  5. hey dcAp!
    i am used to it. we no longer have journalists, only partisans. i honestly don’t know where to look for just plain information anymore.

  6. jeb! 😀
    i never thought it would be possible to have an administration worse than chimpy’s. just goes to show you that the u.s. is the land of possibility!

  7. Friend of the court

    “My friends, the democrats want to raise your taxes and take away your guns. I will never do that. As soon as somebody tells me, what I will do, I will try to tell you, even if it takes two or three attempts.”

  8. fotc,
    ….and then, 3 people on my campaign staff will explain to you that i really didn’t mean what i said several times.

  9. Friend of the court

    This guy shouldn’t even be a Senator. I don’t think his elevator goes all the way to the penthouse.

  10. he should be working as a greeter at walmart. there are no elevators at walmart.

  11. Friend of the court

    I just noticed that I have an icon. It looks a little like Casper the Friendly Ghost. Cool.

  12. 😆 is that casper? i think it looks more like those little fisher price people that fit in the little cars and tractors and trains.

  13. Hi all. Sorry I’ve been gone so long….
    Just an observation from the peanut gallery but you spend a lot of time pooping on McCain (I’m not a big fan myself)… but if you put McCain next to say Obama, Clinton, Boxer, Pelosi, Murtha, Reid or Waters… the list goes on… if you put him next to any of these people you can honestly sit there and say that the type of logic(?) they spew is better for our republic?

    Clinton says she’s going to take money from a private business (oil),,, thats okay with you all? She will never ever ever be able to do it by the way… more lies…

    And Obama by his associations alone should be deported! Take his unhinged wife too!

    I don’t get it…

  14. hi trm.
    yes, i can say with a straight face that all of them are better for the republic than captain underpants. next question!
    😀 <—see, trm? still nice!