“This is a clear choice that the American people have. I had the courage and the judgment to say I would rather lose a political campaign than lose a war. It seems to me that Obama would rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign.”
– John McCain in Rochester, New Hampshire yesterday
Joe Klein notes the following…
This is the ninth presidential campaign I’ve covered. I can’t remember a more scurrilous statement by a major party candidate. It smacks of desperation. It renews questions about whether McCain has the right temperament for the presidency. How sad.
I was actually pretty surprised to hear those words coming out of McCain’s mouth too. Usually this is the stuff of surrogates, and no, I don’t think him saying it is a refreshing change. If a surrogate would have said it, I would have hoped that the McCain campaign would have backed away from it. But there’s no backing away from it now.