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Bob Corker Refuses To Say That McCain Is ‘Temperamentally Suited To Be President’

By Faiz Shakir on February 19, 2008 at 11:11 am

"Bob Corker Refuses To Say That McCain Is ‘Temperamentally Suited To Be President’"

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Last night on Hannity & Colmes, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) coyly suggested that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) does not have the temperament to be president. When asked by Alan Colmes whether McCain is “temperamentally suited to be President of the United States,” Corker refused to say yes.

“You know, his temperamental issues have been written about,” Corker said. Sometimes, McCain “says some things that I’m sure he doesn’t mean, walks away, and goes, why did I say that!” Colmes remarked, “I noticed that when I asked you if he was temperamentally suited, you didn’t automatically say yes.” Corker avoided the issue by saying, “Well I think he is an American hero.”

Corker acknowledged in the interview that he’s “had his moments” with McCain. Watch it:

[flv http://video.thinkprogress.org/2008/02/corkermc.320.240.flv]

McCain’s temperamental issues have most often been raised in dealings with his own Republican colleagues.

Earlier this year, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) said that the thought of McCain as president “sends a cold chill down my spine. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me.” McCain once called Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) “a f—ing jerk” during a debate over the fate of Vietnam MIAs. And in a heated dispute over immigration, McCain screamed, “F— you!” at Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), who had been raising concerns about the legislation.

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