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McCain rejects adviser’s claim that another terrorist attack would be ‘a big advantage’ for his campaign.

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Earlier today, Fortune released an article on Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), in which McCain’s chief strategist, Charlie Black, said that another terrorist attack on U.S. soil “would be a big advantage” for McCain. Asked to respond to Black’s quote during a press conference in Fresno, CA, McCain rejected it: “If he said that, and I do not know the context, I strenuously disagree.” Watch it:


UPDATE

In a statement to TPM, McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said Black “deeply regrets his comments,” adding that they were “inappropriate.”

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UPDATE

,Charlie Black apologizes:

“I deeply regret the comments — they were inappropriate,” Black said outside a McCain fundraiser in Fresno, Calif. today. “I recognize that John McCain had devoted his entire life to protecting his country and placing its security before every other consideration.”

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