John McCain sat down with George Stephanopoulos this morning on This Week to discuss the economy, war in Iraq, and other campaign issues. McCain’s been trying to sound stronger on economic issues releasing quite a bit in terms of policy and positions this week.
Here’s the video of the full 23 minute interview:
Here’s a report on it from Political Punch:
On “This Week with George George Stephanopoulos” this morning, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, unprompted, raised the issue of the connection between Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, and William Ayres, a former member of the radical group the Weather Underground.
On the subject of whether McCain would attempt to attack Obama on patriotism, the presumptive GOP nominee said, “I’m sure he’s very patriotic. But his relationship with Mr. Ayers is open to question,… if you’re going to associate and have as a friend and serve on a board and have a guy kick off your campaign that says he’s unrepentant, that he wished bombed more.”
McCain said he was most offended by Obama’s comparison of Ayres to Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., during Wednesday night’s ABC News debate. Obama had said he doesn’t subscribe to the views of all his friends, and cited Coburn”s anti-abortion rhetoric as an example.
“The worst thing of all, that I think, really indicates Senator Obama’s attitude, is he had the incredible statement that he compared Mr. Ayers, an unrepentant terrorist, with Senator Tom Coburn, Senator
Coburn, a physician who goes to Oklahoma on the weekends and brings babies into life,” McCain said. “It’s very insulting to a great man, a great doctor, a great humanitarian… (H)ow can you countenance someone who was engaged in bombings which could have or did kill innocent people?”
McCain has been rising in recent weeks, I believe it’s mainly because he’s being perceived as “above the fray” of the Democratic campaign. He can focus on the issues and not deal with the personal attacks flying back and forth between Obama and Clinton. This is why Howard Dean is so eager to get a Democratic nominee since, as of now, McCain is basically unchallenged on most everything he says.