In an interview to the Las Vegas Sun McCain made a joke that’s getting a lot of attention. This is from the LV Sun interview.
(Worried about third Bush term as issue and will every ad show you running away?)
You have to convince people that you have a plan of action. They are going to look at people’s record and they should….Bob Dole, a great war hero, was not elected president (but) Americans appreciated his record and love him but he didn’t do as good a job as President Clinton did as to what do for them in the future……
(On why he didn’t choose Gov. Jim Gibbons to chair his Nevada campaign?)
I appreciate his support. As you know, the lieutenant governor is our chairman.
(Why snub the governor?)
I didn’t mean to snub him,. I’ve known the lieutenant governor for 15 years and we’ve been good friends….I didn’t intend to snub him. There are other states where the governor is not the chairman.
(Maybe it’s the governor’s approval rating and you are running from him like you are from the president?)
(Chuckling) And I stopped beating my wife just a couple of weeks ago….
You maybe thinking that this is really irrelevant. I somewhat agree but, its extremely awkward. First, Gibbons was accused of beating his wife during their divorce fiasco. Also, its not even clear if he was alluding to Gibbons when he made the joke. And if he wasn’t alluding to Gibbons, the what was he alluding to and why even say the joke in the first place. I hear this joke from men all the time when i was growing up so, its not necessarily uncommon to say back then at least. But I haven’t heard the joke in 3 years at least, so is it even OK to say that joke anymore. I would think not, beating a wife even in a joke is not good. McCain first should say what he mean by the joke and then apologize to whoever took it the wrong way. That’s just my suggestion of this little rift. For full transcript click here.