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Thursday, August 28, 2008

John McCain vs. Time magazine

John McCain was interviewed by Time magazine. They've titled it "McCain's prickly Time interview," but that doesn't really do justice to the awkward and difficult time the interviewer has in drawing out anything--anything--from a one-sentence-answer McCain.

Since you can listen to the interview, you can really get a sense of the interviewer trying really, really hard to get a conversation started that might lead to some interesting insights about McCain. But McCain is having none of it.


"There's a theme that recurs in your books and your speeches, both about putting country first but also about honor. I wonder if you could define honor for us?
Read it in my books.

I've read your books.
No, I'm not going to define it.

But honor in politics?
I defined it in five books. Read my books.

[Your] campaign today is more disciplined, more traditional, more aggressive. From your point of view, why the change?
I will do as much as we possibly can do to provide as much access to the press as possible.

But beyond the press, sir, just in terms of ...
I think we're running a fine campaign, and this is where we are.

Do you miss the old way of doing it?
I don't know what you're talking about.

Really? Come on, Senator.
I'll provide as much access as possible ...

In 2000, after the primaries, you went back to South Carolina to talk about what you felt was a mistake you had made on the Confederate flag. Is there anything so far about this campaign that you wish you could take back or you might revisit when it's over?
[Does not answer.]

Do I know you? [Says with a laugh.]
[Long pause.] I'm very happy with the way our campaign has been conducted, and I am very pleased and humbled to have the nomination of the Republican Party."

Read or listen to the rest.

Posted by P.M. Jaworski on August 28, 2008 in International Politics | Permalink


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As much as I (really) despise Hillary...she may be right about this guy. Just like Bush, he can't speak without a teleprompter telling him what to say.
Actually Bush can't speak "with" a teleprompter telling him what to say for that matter.
Left or Right...it really doesn't look good out there.

Posted by: JC | 2008-08-28 6:10:16 PM

I don't think this is about not being able to speak without a teleprompter; that seems to be the Obamamessiah's problem. It's about showing a member if the MSM the kind of interviews one gets when all they do is play gotcha politics. Good on McCain.

Posted by: Brian Mallard | 2008-08-28 6:51:15 PM

That would be the other side of the coin Brian, fair enough.

Posted by: JC | 2008-08-28 7:08:30 PM

Considering how CNN and Time are in the tank for Obama, McCain is getting disciplined. He is not letting the interviewer put him in a spot in which 'gotchya' is the end result. Figure it out JC.

Posted by: jacob | 2008-08-28 8:17:43 PM

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