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McCain Jokes About Killing Iranians With Cigarettes
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This is an offensive and tasteless joke.  I expect better from a presidential candidate -- regardless of his or her party affiliation.  And we wonder why a big chunk of the world thinks Americans are arrogant, entitled, and uncouth. That's all I have to say.


Filed at 8:27 p.m. ET

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - Presidential candidate John McCain, who once sang in jest about bombing Iran, on Tuesday reacted to a report of rising U.S. cigarette exports to the country by saying it may be "a way of killing 'em."

McCain, known for acerbic comments and for sometimes firing verbally from the hip, was responding to a report that U.S. exports to Iran rose tenfold during President George W. Bush's term in office despite hostility between the two states.

A rise in cigarette sales was a big part of that, according to an Associated Press analysis of seven years of U.S. trade figures.

"Maybe that's a way of killing 'em," McCain said to reporters during a campaign stop in Pittsburgh. "I meant that as a joke, as a person who hasn't had a cigarette in 28 years, 29 years," he added, laughing.

He declined further comment on the report.

At a campaign meeting in South Carolina last year the Arizona senator, asked if there is a plan to attack Iran, began his answer with a variation on the lyrics of a well-known pop song, Barbara Ann.

"You know that old Beach Boys song, Bomb Iran?" he said, then sang "Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran" before discussing what he considered Iran's serious threat to Israel and international security.

Tension is high between the two countries over Iran's nuclear program, which Washington says is aimed at making an atomic bomb but Tehran says is for generating energy. There has been media speculation of a possible U.S. or Israeli military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by David Storey)

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Such an idiotic comment.

they played that on the news. I couldn't tell if anyone laughed though. But that is stupid. He was like "okay, moving on..."

Yeah, it's a pretty dumb and insensitive thing to say.

Cuz we want ANOTHER president who will mouth off idiotically and reinforce the understandable belief that Americans are stupid, insensitive, callous, and rude???


You took the words out of my mouth.... What an embarrassment! but you know, he HAS a reputation of foot-in-mouth disease.....

Seriously, it was when Dubya showed up that I suddenly understood how Bush, Sr. had been able to tolerate the idiocy of Dan Quayle.

Course, since then I've come to believe (and it scares me that I'm even this serious about such a conspiracy thing) that both Quayle and Dubya and their ilk are put there DELIBERATELY so that news cycles will be used up mocking them and all sorts of other stuff can go on behind closed doors and under the table and never be noticed or seen. THAT is what scares the shit out of me...what have we not known about due to the past, oh, 28 years of distraction re: Reagan, Quayle, Lewinski, Dubya....

Just my little cheerful thought to start your day....

I accept your hypothesis.

Which excuses nothing. A person in his position should think before opening his mouth. But oh, right, he shoots from the hip. Harhar *rolls eyes and hopes for a better outcome in November*

Giles is NOT amused. *g*

I totally agree with you. I don't want another Bush.

Sometimes (okay, most of the time) the leaders of our country make me so sad.

I know they're only human, just like us, but it would be nice if we could look up to them sometimes, instead of being horrified by their latest gaffe.

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I know, right? Pretty obnoxious thing to say. Dubya's on a whole other level. *rolls eyes*

I'm glad, relatively, that we just have Gordon Brown and his Heathcliff remarks. At least we get a giggle.

Perfect icon. *g* And G.B. sounds like a genius by comparison.

He's such a funny guy. Not. Is this a sign of senility, or is he just a dingbat?

I'm voting for him being a dingbat. :(

We all have different versions of the same pain, I'm afraid.

Canada is the only Western country who still has a citizen languishing in Guantanamo Bay. Almost every day there is more and more proof that he's been tortured/mistreated (video, testimonials, etc.) yet PM Harper refuses to demand he be released to our own courts for a fair trial.

Please tell me where these 'leaders' come from?!

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