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McCain: Fidel hurt my feelings



Sen. John McCain is currently doing interviews on Spanish-language radio in Miami, telling  listeners that America deserves to know about Barack Obama's relationship with Bill Ayers.

"Sen. Obama said it was just a guy in the neighborhood," McCain said on Radio Mambi, his remarks translated into Spanish. "We know much more than that. So I don't care much about an old, washed-up, unrepentant terrorist and his wife, who was on the FBI Top 10 wanted list, but we should know about their relationship."

"It's not that Barack Obama was eight years old when Mr. Ayers was committing acts of terror; it's all about the long relationship on foundations and in his book and launching his political career in Mr. Ayer's living room."

He also appealed to the Cuban-American vote. "Fidel has made his preference known in this campaign and had some very unkind things to say about me," McCain said, laughing "My feelings are hurt."

He continued: "I think we all know that the Cuban-American vote can be vital to whether I win Florida or not. So I do want to say again that we will never waver in our mission to restore freedom and democracy to Cuba. And to think that we would profit by sitting down across the table without precondition with the Castro brothers I think would hurt the cause of human rights in Cuba. So I hope that my friends in the Cuban community not only will vote for me but Mario and Lincoln Diaz-Balart need your support as well. I do not know two finer members of the U.S. Congress."

Joining him in studio: Jeb Bush and Joe Lieberman. Liberman, who described himself as a Democrat and an independent told listeners to remember, "Jose el plomero."

During another interview, McCain was asked if Obama's tax policies are socialist. "His economic policies are clearly those that have been used by other countries that you could describe as socailist. I won't call him a socialist ... It doesn’t matter what we call him, the point is what he wants to do."

At one point, a radio host asked if McCain would join him in a game of Hungry Hungry Hippo, which he did.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 4:41pm]


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