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April 09, 2008

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Jay Rockefeller Apologizes To McCain After Military Service Remark

Rockefeller Apologizes to McCain for Calling Him Hit-and-Run Aviator

Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a Barack Obama supporter, apologized to John McCain Tuesday for suggesting to a West Virginia newspaper that the Arizona senator does not care about “the lives of people” caught in the wars he champions, dating back to his Navy service in Vietnam.

The apology came after Barack Obama’s campaign swiftly criticized the West Virginia senator for the remarks quoted Monday in his hometown newspaper. Rockefeller told The Charleston Gazette that McCain is too far removed from the repercussions of war to deal with them.

“McCain was a fighter pilot, who dropped laser-guided missiles from 35,000 feet. He was long gone when they hit,” Rockefeller told the newspaper, which published the article on the interview Tuesday. “What happened when they [the missiles] get to the ground? He doesn’t know. You have to care about the lives of people. McCain never gets into those issues,” he is quoted saying.

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On Tuesday, Rockefeller issued a statement, saying, “I have deep respect for John McCain’s honorable and noble service to our country. I made an inaccurate and wrong analogy and I have extended my sincere apology to him.

“While we differ a great deal on policy issues, I profoundly respect and appreciate his dedication to our country, and I regret my very poor choice of words,” he said.

McCain spent five and a half years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, and last week highlighted his military service to the country in a cross-country biographical campaign tour.

He told FOX News he was “unfamiliar with that rhetoric by a U.S. senator” and wanted Obama to reject it.

“I do believe that if Senator Obama is going to maintain the type of campaign that he says that he is — a respectful campaign — and this is one of his closest and strongest supporters, then I think he should repudiate Senator Rockefeller immediately.”

Rockefeller’s apology came on the same day Obama, McCain and Hillary Clinton were grilling Gen. David Petraeus on Capitol Hill over military and political progress in Iraq. An advocate of the Iraq war and proponent of last year’s troop surge, McCain has fought any efforts to characterize him as a candidate obsessed with the glory of war.

The apology follows another jab at McCain by liberal radio talk show host Ed Schultz, who called the presumptive Republican presidential nominee a “warmonger” while introducing the Illinois senator at a North Dakota campaign stop on Friday.

The Obama campaign distanced itself from the remark, as it did Tuesday with Rockefeller’s comments.

“Senator Obama has a deep respect for Senator McCain’s service to this country and doesn’t agree with what Senator Rockefeller said,” spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tuesday.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a prominent McCain supporter, told FOX News shortly after the Rockefeller apology that McCain actually dropped bombs very close to the enemy before he was shot down and taken as a prisoner.

“John didn’t drop bombs at 35,000 feet in Vietnam. The bombs were not laser-guided,” he said. “I’m glad Senator Rockefeller apologized, but at the end of the day behavior like this basically comes from wanting to win too badly. We don’t need to manufacture issues in this race.”

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What was this Moron thinking? And Rockefeller is an OBAMA supporter!

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Blogger J_G said...

John D. Rockefeller IV, that is "Jay" Rockefeller's real name. He is not only ashamed of his country he is also ashamed of his own heritage. As my one friend refers to him "a true putz". Here's a little rich boy that never matured. He bought his office as the Governor and then bought his permanent Senate seat in this poor and undereducated state. The other prominent member from this poor uneducated and backward state is a former Ku Klux Klan Kleagle, Senator Robert Byrd. They keep West Virginia poor and uneducated so they can come back year after year with the claims they will make things better for the state. Well Rockefeller had been Governor for eight years 77-85 and a Senator since he had to relinquish his office as supreme leader. This is what he uses as his power base in his elitist liberal "I know what's good for you and you don't" mindset. A real putz!

April 08, 2008 10:30 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


Sounds like the Democrat Party To Me!

April 09, 2008 7:50 AM  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Apology not accepted. His apology was not sincere because it came ONLY AFTER the media picked up on his comment and he wanted to look like he was sorry rather than the schmuck he is!

April 09, 2008 8:54 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

"What was this moron thinking?" Moron's don't think, Marie. They just spew whatever happens to accidently get into their vacant brains at any given moment. :)

April 09, 2008 9:41 AM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


Doesnt it seem like they are only sorry when they get caught?


Vacant Brains LOL

April 09, 2008 10:42 AM  
Blogger Uncle Pavian said...

Funny how the progressive/leftist commenters are so quiet on this issue, innit?

April 10, 2008 11:28 AM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Uncle P,

Yes it is, they just skipped this issue for some reason hmmm

April 10, 2008 11:41 AM  

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