Yesterday, ThinkProgress reported that controversial pastor John Hagee — whose endorsement Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) had said he was “glad to have” — had repeated in a recent radio interview his contention that Hurricane Katrina was punishment to New Orleans for hosting a gay pride parade. On his campaign bus today, McCain responded to Hagee’s comments, calling them “nonsense” at least “eight times”:
It’s nonsense, it’s nonsense, it’s nonsense, it’s nonsense, it’s nonsense. I dont have anything additional to say. It’s nonsense, it’s nonsense, it’s nonsense, I don’t have anything more to say…it’s nonsense. I reject it categorically.
McCain has now said that he “categorically” rejects Hagee’s comments, but is he still “glad” to have his endorsement?
Jonathan Martin reports that McCain was also asked about Hagee at a townhall meeting, where he “repeated what he has said in the past, that he doesn’t endorse the views of everybody who endorses him.”