Senator McCain chatted with Tim Russert on NBC’s Meet The Press this past Sunday. I’ve always kind of liked this guy, but now…wow. This is the only Republican I would ever consider voting for for President of the United States (if Martians had a vote, that is).
The thing with John McCain is, he says what he means, and he means what he says. He’s sincere. Unlike some people. I don’t know, maybe being a prisoner of war does that to you. As McCain himself said:
“…you know what I’ve found out? That every time I’ve done something for what may have been influenced by political reasons, I’ve regretted it. Every time that I’ve done something that I think is right, it’s turned out OK in the end. I’ve got to do what I think is right. And if it offends a certain political constituency, I regret it, but there’s really nothing I can do about it.”
Of course, reading his words isn’t quite the same as hearing them and watching him talk. His sincerity comes through, loud and clear, in person.
A few other quotes from this interview:
Speaking on Guantanamo:
SEN. McCAIN: …Look, even Adolf Eichmann got a trial. I mean, there–we are signatories to numerous agreements on human rights, against torture, universal declaration on human rights, etc. So that means we have to do something with these people. And I hope we can move that process forward very soon.
MR. RUSSERT: Ross Perot, who’s been deeply involved in the prisoner-of-war issue, and you were a prisoner of war, said this the other day: “If, in fact, we are doing things that are improper, that will give our enemy the incentive to be more brutal to any POWs they have from our military.” Do you agree with that?
SEN. McCAIN: Yes, I do. I think that we will not have as high a moral ground the next time we are in a conflict and Americans become–American servicemen and women should fall prey-prisoner–become prisoners of war. And it worries me and it keeps me awake at night. It really does.
I have no doubt whatsoever that it does keep him up nights. As a prisoner of war, John McCain was tortured for a year and was kept in solitary for two years.
On stem cell research:
MR. RUSSERT: Let me turn to another ethical, moral, political issue, stem cell research. In 2000, John McCain and 19 other senators wrote a letter which said “Since 1996 Congress has banned federal funding for `research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed.’ …we support [this law].” You’ve changed your mind.
SEN. McCAIN: Yes, I have.
MR. RUSSERT: Why?
SEN. McCAIN: For a large number of reasons, ranging from getting briefed by very smart people on this issue and including discussing this with Nancy Reagan who, as you know, is a very strong advocate for stem cell research. I want to make it clear that those of us who support this do not believe that it has anything to do with human cloning and all of us are against human cloning. I look forward to the debate. It’s a very complex scientific issue. But for us to throw away opportunities to cure diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s and many others I think would be a mistake. I look forward to the debate. It’s interesting that more than two-thirds of the American people support stem cell research.
And what was most fascinating to me was Senator McCain’s numbers:
MR. RUSSERT: It is interesting. The Washington Post put up these numbers. Hillary Clinton has an 81 percent approval among Dems; 55 percent approval amongst Independents; 20 with the GOP. You have a 59 percent approval with Democrats; 59 with Independents; and just 56 with Republicans.
My theory on why this is?
Republicans in general tend to be far less open-minded than Democrats or Independents. They’re mostly fundamentalists who are not in the habit of thinking for themselves. Instead they tend to wrap themselves in the flag and toe the party line, instead of putting honest thought into issues as Senator McCain obviously has done.Powered by Sidelines