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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

McCain talks torture in Yellow Springs

Republican presidential hopeful, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., accompanied by his wife Cindy, left, former Ohio Sen. Mike DeWine, right, and others, visits Young's Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert
From the Associated Press

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio – Republican presidential candidate John McCain said President Bush should veto a measure that would bar the CIA from using waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods on terror suspects.

McCain voted against the bill, which would restrict the CIA to using only the 19 interrogation techniques listed in the Army field manual.

His vote was controversial because the manual prohibits waterboarding – a simulated drowning technique that McCain also opposes – yet McCain doesn’t want the CIA bound by the manual and its prohibitions.

McCain, who was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, is well-known for his opposition to waterboarding, which puts him at odds with the Bush administration.

“I knew I would be criticized for it,” McCain told reporters Wednesday in Ohio. “I think I can show my record is clear. I said there should be additional techniques allowed to other agencies of government as long as they were not” torture.

“I was on the record as saying that they could use additional techniques as long as they were not cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment,” McCain said. “So the vote was in keeping with my clear record of saying that they could have additional techniques, but those techniques could not violate” international rules against torture.

The legislation bars the CIA from using waterboarding, sensory deprivation or other harsh coercive methods to break a prisoner who refuses to answer questions. Those practices were banned by the military in 2006.

President Bush has threatened to veto the legislation, which cleared the House in December and won Senate approval last week.

One supporter of the bill, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said last week that if Bush vetoes the measure, “he will be voting in favor of waterboarding.”

If a president disagrees with legislation, he should veto it, McCain said. He said he disapproves that Bush sometimes signs legislation he dislikes, then issues critical “signing statements” outlining his objections.

McCain said he would never issue a critical signing statement: “If I disagree with a law that’s passed, I’ll veto it.”

“I think if you disagree with a law, you have a constitutional right to veto that, authority to veto that,” McCain said.


at 2:53 PM, February 20, 2008 Blogger Nathan Wissman said...

I don't understand how the Republican base can be so angry at someone who was tortured for 5 years defending this country for opposing torture in the name of the United States.

at 4:06 PM, February 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


What is it about wRong wingnut whackos that enjoy to be tied to the hitching post and beat Real Good ?

PATHETIC 'HypocRites' !


at 4:43 PM, February 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Senator DeWine is a good man. Ohio needs him back--soon.

at 6:10 PM, February 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Flip-Flopping McCain cozied up to intensely disliked former senator, and reverses himself on torture, in order to court the right-wing extremists.

McCain embraces Bush, whose APPROVAL RATING IS NOW AT 19%


Concerns over Economy Push
George W. Bush's Overall Job Approval to New Low

George W. Bush's overall job approval rating has dropped to a new low in American Research Group polling as 78% of Americans say that the national economy is getting worse according to the latest survey from the American Research Group.

Among all Americans, 19% approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president and 77% disapprove. When it comes to Bush's handling of the economy, 14% approve and 79% disapprove.

Among Americans registered to vote, 18% approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president and 78% disapprove. When it comes to the way Bush is handling the economy, 15% of registered voters approve of the way Bush is handling the economy and 79% disapprove.

A total of 78% of Americans say the national economy is getting worse and 47% say the national economy is in a recession. A total of 42% of Americans, however, say they believe the national economy will be better a year from now, which is the highest level for this question in the past year. This optimism does not spread to improvements in household financial situations as 17% of Americans say they expect their household financial situations to be better a year from now, which is the lowest for this question in the past year.

The results presented here are based on 1,100 completed telephone interviews conducted among a nationwide random sample of adults 18 years and older. The interviews were completed February 16 through 19, 2008. The theoretical margin of error for the total sample is plus or minus 2.6 percentage points, 95% of the time, on questions where opinion is evenly split.

Overall, 19% of Americans say that they approve of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president, 77% disapprove, and 4% are undecided.


at 6:46 PM, February 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Considering that McCain spent much of his young adult life as a POW rather than taking bong hits, I think he has every right to his opinion on the topic.

I'm glad to see that McCain can be his own candidate. Hillary and Obama are captives of the liberal special interest groups.

at 8:00 PM, February 20, 2008 Blogger usefullidiot said...

I'm suprised that the lib loons of the YELLOW Springs college of lower learning missed the opportunity to call McBush a baby-killer

at 8:34 PM, February 20, 2008 Blogger DivineComedy said...

I can't fault someone for being opposed to torture. Regardless of whether anyone thinks it's right.. it doesn't work. You never know if the information you get is remotely credible. I guess it just makes macho, frustrated people get some relief from their anxiety to beat and humiliate someone.

How is McCain a babykiller? He has a perfect score with the pro-life folks in how he votes on abortion issues. Guess he figures since he didn't have abortion around when he was young to cover up his 'indiscretions' that others shouldn't. In light of his position on other things I find it quite contraindicated. He's cool with having US Soldiers die in Iraq for 100 years but if a mother is saved.. forget it. I would agree with outlawing abortion if it ended abortion but it doesn't. The difference being that illegal abortion causes mothers to die. Now.. if you are so hardcore you think that is a 'fair result' then consider the consequence for the father of the baby (who has to be considered at least as responsible) not a thing.

Nope.. I like Obama's sincerity and common sense approach to things. You can see for yourself on his website.. www.barackobama.com

at 8:44 PM, February 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

ummm...just in case you didn't hear this in the media,a grand total of 3 detainees have been waterboarded in the war on terror...3...Khalid Sheik Muhammed being one.
I repeat...3...not 30...not 300...3
oh but who cares...bash Bush and call for his impeachment over this barbaric torturous act.Shame on McCain...get a grip John.

at 10:31 PM, February 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

My approval rating of W---100% Remember 9/11?

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