July 19, 2007

John McCain Interview Podcast

The podcast file for the John McCain interview is now up and ready for download. Senator McCain is one of the most interesting and provocative guests I have on the show -- he talks plain, and in this case, it comes through immediately. In the interview, he lashes out at Harry Reid, calling his suspension of the defense appropriation bill "unconscionable" and refers derisively to the all-nighter this week as a "publicity stunt". He also talks about his presidential campaign, which is something he refused to do with CNN, taking responsibility for the "failure" but insisting he will not withdraw. Without asking, he spoke out against any return of the Fairness Doctrine.

It really is can't-miss radio. In fact, Fox News agrees -- because they taped the interview off of one of the caller lines. Keep an eye on their website and on their broadcast tonight for a clip of the interview.

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UPDATE: The New York Observer tuned into the show. Andrew Mangino picked out some good blurbs, and hopefully he'll include links in an update.

UPDATE II: Douglas Gibbs will have Jim Gilmore on the next Political Pistachio to discuss his withdrawal from the presidential race. Be sure to catch that on Saturday!

Also, the Embassy of Afghanistan now has links up to my interview with Ambassador Said T. Jawad on its website.

UPDATE III: Fox News has the story up on its website. The last line is the best: "That was hardly the end of McCain's criticism but we don't want to fry your computer with the scalding rhetoric." I had the incorrect link earlier, but it's correct now.


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Comments (5)

Posted by michaele | July 19, 2007 7:31 PM

The interview was excellent and it deserves to have wide distribution. I found Sen. McCain to be refreshingly forthcoming and he seemed to respond particularly well to your form of questioning. He has been so eloquent in explaining why success in Iraq matters to us here at home. He is a complicated man and I hope that he takes great comfort in how, once again, he is serving his country admirably in time of war.

Posted by dearjohn | July 19, 2007 7:52 PM


First, I'd like to thank you for your service to our country. We can never repay you for that except to honor your sacrifice.

Second ... you will never, ever get my vote to become President of this country.

Why? Because we have laws in this country ... and you, sir, swore an oath to uphold them. Instead, you've done everything you can to undermine the First Amendment by outlawing my right to speak ill of you 60 days before an election. And you've set it upon yourself to undermine the enforcement of our immigration laws - offering amnesty to felons and murderers.

You swore an oath, sir. You haven't lived up to it.

You can't have my vote.

Posted by David | July 19, 2007 9:03 PM

What is McCain up to? Trying to win back the hearts of conservatives by saying tough things about the war? Too late. We know that his convictions change when the cameras are rolling.

Posted by exdem13 | July 19, 2007 9:53 PM

It was nice to hear Senator McCain defend the war and sneer down the Democrats in the Senate hall recently. Too bad he didn't have that vigor when he was co-leading the Gang of 14 and selling out the Constitution for votes and MSM plaudits. I'm still not voting for him.

Posted by SonnyJim | July 19, 2007 10:41 PM

I'm just writing to agree with dearjohn above.




Thanks for everything, now retire.