McCain On Spain, And This Could Be His Bane
Senator McCain, meet Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.
Asked by Radio Caracol Miami whether he would meet with the prime minister of Spain, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, John McCain responded with an answer about Mexico. Asked again if he’d meet with him, he offered a generic answer that indicated he wasn’t clear who the interviewer was talking about. Then, he referred to Latin America. When asked again about whether he’d meet with the president of Spain McCain gave a generic answer, this time about meeting with any leader who supports human rights and freedom.
In April McCain said it was time to put our discrepancies with Spain behind us. Spain incurred the wrath of George W. Bush by pulling out of Iraq and has never forgiven Zapatero. But McCain foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann said that what seemed like a snub was intentional.
“The questioner asked several times about Senator McCain’s willingness to meet Zapatero (and id’d him in the question so there is no doubt Senator McCain knew exactly to whom the question referred). Senator McCain refused to commit to a White House meeting with President Zapatero in this interview,” he said in an e-mail.
Since Spain is a member of NATO, it very likely that its leader stands with us on issues of Democracy and liberty. Here is the McCain interview, courtesy of Talking Points Memo. The part in question begins at 2:58.
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