McCain Makes Gaffe on Iran
MELISSA BLOCK, host:
Yesterday at a press conference in Jordan, Senator McCain made a remarkable stumble.
Sen. JOHN MCCAIN (Republican, Arizona; Presidential Candidate): We continue to be concerned about Iranian taking al-Qaida into Iran, training them and sending them back.
BLOCK: But Iran is mostly Shiite, and al-Qaida, Sunni. The White House has accused Iran of training Shiite militants but not training al-Qaida. Standing behind McCain, Senator Joe Lieberman whispered a correction in his ear.
Senator JOE LIEBERMAN (Independent, Connecticut): You said that the Iranians were training al-Qaida. I think you meant they were training extremists.
Sen. MCCAIN: I'm sorry. The Iranians are training extremists, not al-Qaida, not al-Qaida. I'm sorry.
BLOCK: McCain's campaign dismissed the mistake, saying the senator had simply misspoken. But he apparently misspoke on Monday, too, when he called in to a talk radio program and said the same thing.