A Sarcastic and Combative McCain Greets Iowa Editors
By Michael D. Shear
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Sen. John McCain has always loved the give-and-take of chatting with a bunch of reporters around a table. But he didn't seem to enjoy Tuesday's grilling by the Des Moines Register editorial board.
The Register posted video clips from the hour-long session on their website yesterday. In them, McCain was serious and aggressive, at times clenching his jaw as he offered curt and sarcastic answers.
With a microphone in front of him, McCain seemed stiff and uncomfortable -- a far cry from the easygoing chatter in the back of the bus that reporters remember from the early days of his campaign.
McCain got particularly testy when asked about his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and whether she has the experience to be president. Told that there are people who think she's not ready, McCain turned sarcastic.
"Really," he said with mock surprise. "I haven't detected that.... Now, if there's a Georgetown cocktail party person who, quote, calls himself a conservative, and doesn't like her, good luck, good luck, fine."
McCain also angrily dismisses the suggestion offered by a member of the editorial board that his campaign has diverted from the "Straight Talk" that had been its early hallmark.
"I think it would be valuable if you gave me some examples from, for an assertion of that nature," a clearly peeved McCain said.
The editor offered as an example a McCain ad which claimed that Obama supported comprehensive sex education for kindergarten children, a claim debunked by independent fact checkers.
"He did," McCain insisted. "He did. He did. I'll be glad to provide you -- we have the documentation. I'll be glad to provide it to you. Now, you may not accept that documentation. We have it and we found out it's true."
When the editors noted that McCain has enjoyed taxpayer financed health care plan his entire adult life, McCain offered another sarcastic answer.
"You know that's an interesting statement, isn't it," he said, smiling. "So, and I have never, um, been an astronaut, but I think I know the challenges of space. And I've never done a lot of things in my life that I think I am familiar with."
McCain continued by noting that his health care plan differs starkly from his opponent's, which he described as government-run health care. He then leaned back and appeared to reference his time as a prisoner of war.
"I did go a period of time where the health care wasn't so good."
Posted at 11:01 AM ET on Oct 1, 2008
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