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McCain causes flap in Spain

Talking Points Memo has a bunch of posts (latest) about the odd interview McCain gave to Radio Caracol Miami.

You can hear the unedited, original interview here. Or this embedded player (well, iframe) might work in some browsers, albeit not in mine: The first half is one economics. About halfway through, the interviewer asks about Venezuela and Bolivia. In response to a question about taking Latin America more seriously, McCain says: “I know the issues. I know the leaders.” Indeed, he gets them right.

About 3/4 of the way through, the interviewer asks him if he’d invite Zapatero to the White House. She says his full name — José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero — which might have thrown him, since he gives his generic answer about meeting with those who support democracy, and then starts talking about Mexico. It seems pretty clear to me that he didn’t catch the name and didn’t want to alienate the Florida audience by seeming to be thrown by the interviewer’s properly accented pronunciation. He then, unfortunately, gives a response about being willing to meet with friends of democracy, as if that were in doubt about Spain. The interviewer then explicitly says she’s talking about the president of Spain, and McCain repeats his answer. Since that’s a pretty dumb response when talking about an ally, I’m assuming that McCain felt he had dug himself into a hole and didn’t want to crawl out by admitting his error. The price, however, is a needless flap with an ally. [Tags: ]

8 Responses to “McCain causes flap in Spain”

  1. “…as if that were in doubt about Spain.”

    Seemed odd to me as well, but Marc Ambinder‘s first two sentences explain this question:

    “Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero has been persona non grata at the White House since Spain pulled its troops out of Iraq in 2004. The Spanish prime minister has, through intermediates, requested a White House visit, and President Bush has essentially given him the diplomatic finger.”

    Knowing that, McCain’s waffling takes on an entirely new meaning.

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  3. That’s one possible explanation. Another is that our president is so unknown internationally, that a candidate to the presidency does not even know where’s our country.

  4. JJ, I honestly don’t think that that’s possible. I’m 100% certain that McCain knows where Spain is. And your beautiful country is hardly “unknown” internationally!

  5. JJ, davidw: I prefer to live in a beautiful unknow country rather than in a country known by killing innocent children and invading countries illegaly.

  6. JJ, I wasn’t criticizing Spain. In fact, i was complimenting it.

    Do you think I wanted my country to invade Iraq? I didn’t. So, I don’t know what to do with your insult.

  7. davidw sorry, I meant jj.
    Anyway, I guess the “insult” does not refer to my post. Cannot see any insult on it.

  8. Oscar, ack. You’re right! I totally confused things. I wasn’t paying enough attention. So, I thought JJ was replying to my small compliment, when in fact you were replying to JJ (and to me).


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