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Rockefeller Smears McCain, Feigns Apology

First the smear, from West Virginia’s Charleston Gazette:

Jay defends endorsement of Sen. Obama

April 8, 2008

By Paul J. Nyden

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., defended his decision to make an endorsement in the race for president during an interview with Gazette editors on Monday…

Rockefeller criticized Sen. John McCain, the presumed Republican nominee for president. “Senator McCain does have a temper. But today, he speaks in a monotone on the campaign trail.”

Rockefeller believes McCain has become insensitive to many human issues. “McCain was a fighter pilot, who dropped laser-guided missiles from 35,000 feet. He was long gone when they hit.

“What happened when they [the missiles] get to the ground? He doesn’t know. You have to care about the lives of people. McCain never gets into those issues.”

Then Mr. Rockefeller’s faux apology, via Fox News:

Rockefeller Apologizes to McCain for Calling Him Hit-and-Run Aviator

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a Barack Obama supporter, apologized to John McCain Tuesday for suggesting to a West Virginia newspaper that the Arizona senator does not care about “the lives of people” caught in the wars he champions, dating back to his Navy service in Vietnam…

On Tuesday, Rockefeller issued a statement, saying, “I have deep respect for John McCain’s honorable and noble service to our country. I made an inaccurate and wrong analogy and I have extended my sincere apology to him.

“While we differ a great deal on policy issues, I profoundly respect and appreciate his dedication to our country, and I regret my very poor choice of words,” he said…

No matter what he says as an “apology” there just are things you would never say unless you somehow, somewhere believed them.

Which tells us more about Mr. Rockefeller than it does about Mr. McCain.

Indeed, we ever needed to know about Mr. Rockefeller’s concern for lives was revealed when he warned the Syrians (and thereby the rest of the Middle East) about the US invasion of Iraq.

But maybe American lives don’t count.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, April 8th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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