Thursday, November 29, 2007

A Freudian Slip?

I know I am not the only person who heard this, but it does not show up in the official transcript of Wednesday night's Republican presidential debate, sponsored by CNN and YouTube.

During an exchange with Congressman Ron Paul, a rather agitated Senator John McCain said this, according to the transcript, in response to Dr. Paul's statement that "it's time for us to take care of America first":

McCain: Well, let me remind you, Congressman, we never lost a battle in Vietnam. It was American public opinion that forced us to lost that conflict.
What I heard -- and I rewound the recording on the DVR to confirm it, and played it for a friend who was watching the debate with me -- was this:
Well, let me remind you, Congressween, er Congressman, we never lost a battle in Vietnam. It was American public opinion that forced us to lost that conflict.
Surely after more than two decades on Capitol Hill, Senator McCain has heard the word "Congressweenies" (probably in letters from his constituents). Was this term of opprobrium what he had in mind (subconsciously, of course) when he began to address his rival?

Readers: Did you hear the same thing I did?


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CR UVa said...

I'm no McCain fan, but I would have cheered him on if he did say it. Ron Paul is severely deficient when it comes to the topic of foreign affairs and national defense. He is definitely popular amongst progressive Republicans and the younger crowd; however, likely voters are most concerned about not just about Mexico, but the Middle East, North Korea, and current (and former) Communist powers.

Though, I imagine one reason that the popular media ignores him is because they can, particularly since he stands against everything popular media stands for, such as abortion and homosexuality. Good decisions, but hardly enough to win the Republican nomination, as these are also common Republican positions.