All aboard "The Straight Talk Express"!
From the January 27 edition of Meet The Press"
[TIM] RUSSERT: If the Senate passed your bill, S1433, the McCain-Kennedy Immigration Bill...Then, remembering the reaction from the public as they learned details of the McCain/Kennedy Illegal-Alien Amnesty that had been written behind closed doors, McCain backtracked, babbling his same political platitudes he that repeats (and repeats) rather than directly answer a question.
JOHN McCAIN: Mm-hmm.
MR. RUSSERT: ...would you as president sign it?
SEN. McCAIN: Yeah ...
(What's that old line about substituting bull shit for brilliance?)
MR. RUSSERT: But you would sign your bill...First! First? Oh, I get it! Then after each border state governor certifies that the boundary between their state and Mexico is "secure," THEN you help ram through the illegal-alien amnesty and all its perks!
SEN. McCAIN: It's not going to come across my desk.
MR. RUSSERT: It won't pass.
SEN. McCAIN: I--if pigs fly, then--look...
MR. RUSSERT: So it's dead.
SEN. McCAIN: The bill, the bill is dead as it is written. We know that. We know that. And the bill is going to have to be, and I would sign it, securing the borders first and articulating those principles that I did. That's what we got out of this last very divisive and tough debate. And we have to get those borders secured. That's what Americans want first. [emphasis - ed.]
Having screwed up on Meet the Press and managing to babble his way out of it, a few days later at California's GOP Debate, McCain was asked the same question. This time, though, he'd had time to practice the new answer he'd come up with:
[JANET] HOOK: ... if your original proposal came to a vote on the Senate floor, would you vote for it?Noticing that McCain hadn't answered the question she'd asked ...
MCCAIN: It won't. It won't. That's why we went through the debate...
HOOK: But if it did?McCain babbled the same political platitudes he that repeats (and repeats) rather than directly answer a question.
MCCAIN: No, it would not....
Noticing that McCain still hadn't answered the question Hook had asked:
[ANDERSON] COOPER: So I just want to confirm that you would not vote for your bill as it originally was?As you might note, McCain still didn't answer the question asked.
MCCAIN: My bill will not be voted on; it will not be voted on.
McCain's "Straight Talk." Doncha love it!