McCain: Ayers "Still Wants to Destroy America"
10:53 PM, Oct 13, 2008 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
John McCain gave a very interesting interview to CNN's Dana Bash today. The most provocative part, in my view, came when McCain refused to engage on a question about Jeremiah Wright and used his answer instead to intensify his critique of William Ayers at a time when many critics believe he should drop it altogether. McCain said that "Ayers is a unrepentant terrorist and that's a unique individual in American history. A person who still wants to destroy America. He and his wife who both want to still destroy America. That's an unusual breed of cat."
The issue, says McCain, is that Obama hasn't been honest about the relationship.
The entire exchange follows:
Bash: Whether this is a coincidence or not, I know you've heard this during your rallies, since you have been talking about Ayers and your running mate has also, we've heard people in the crowd screaming out terrorist, traitor when you've talked about Senator Obama, and worse.
McCain: I've heard same thing unfortunately at Senator Obama's rallies being said about me. There is always the fringe element that's in politics in America. The overwhelming majority of the people that come to my rallies are good and decent and patriotic Americans. And if they're worried about this country's future- that's correct. But to somehow intimate that of the 1000 people, 17 ,000 people who were just with us in Virginia, and to somehow intimate that the overwhelming majority of those people, with rare exception, are somehow not good Americans or are motived by anything but the most patriotic motives is insulting and I won't accept that insult.
I will tell you right now, I'm proud of my supporters. I'm proud of the people that come. I'm proud of those veterans that have served our country that come to my rallies and fire me up. I love them. And for anybody to intimate that the overwhelming 99 and 99/ths percent is anything but patriotic and good americans is frankly unacceptable. And I won't stand for it.