McCain Has Always Used “A Noun, A Verb, POW” in Debates

How long has John McCain used the ‘œnoun, verb, POW’ strategy in his campaigns? Since his very first campaign nearly 30 years ago. He didn’™t do it then to deflect attention from not wanting to answer how many homes he owned. He did it to deflect from his opponent calling him a carpetbagger.

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

We’™ve got many people wondering whether McCain uses the phrase at one of his many dinner tables instead of asking Cindy McCain to pass the potatos. Time Magazine has looked up a few facts from John McCain’™s first run for office nearly 30 years ago. Sure enough, when challenged, McCain used the same defense. A noun, a verb, POW. Here it is from Time magazine:

When he first ran for Congress in Arizona nearly three decades ago, John McCain had one clear liability: he wasn’™t from the state, and he could count the number of years he had lived there on a couple of fingers.

So his primary opponent, state senator Jim Mack, attacked him as a Johnny-come-lately. To counter the charge, at a candidate forum, McCain offered a decidedly pointed response. ‘œI wish I could have had the luxury, like you, of growing up and living and spending my entire life in a nice place like the first district of Arizona, but I was doing other things,’ he said. ‘œAs a matter of fact, when I think about it now, the place I lived longest in my life was Hanoi.’

The rest of Time’™s article is far too evenhanded. We all know McCain says constantly that he doesn’™t want to trade on his experiences as a POW to get votes, and we all see him doing it time after time after time. Nobody in the mainstream media will call him on it. Time comes close here, but surely skirts the issue, quoting Pat Buchanon who says it is a strategy that ‘œworks.’ Doesn’™t anyone think there is an ethical problem with cheapening the notion of service by using it as a whiney excuse for not remembering something as simple as how many homes you own?

Friday, August 29th, 2008 by Richard Blair |

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