Sheunemann: McCain Just Doesn’t Want to Meet With Spain’s PM


Wow. I really thought that John McCain’s Spain gaffe was just that, a gaffe, wherein he somehow got confused about what was happening and didn’t understand that the question about holding a meeting with Spanish Prime Minister José Zapatero was a question about Spain and Europe rather than rogue leaders from Latin America. Certainly that strikes me as the fairest reading of the audio. Here’s the relevant portion, in English:

But now along comes Randy Scheueneman with an official campaign statement saying that it wasn’t a gaffe, that McCain was articulating an actual “no meetings with Spain” policy:

The questioner asked several times about Senator McCain’s willingness to meet Zapatero (and id’d him in the question so there is no doubt Senator McCain knew exactly to whom the question referred). Senator McCain refused to commit to a White House meeting with President Zapatero in this interview.

That’s an insane policy. Recall that under the North Atlantic Treaty, the United States is actually obligated to go to war on behalf of Spanish territorial integrity and vice versa. Also — McCain might want to hire someone who can clarify for his campaign that the head of state in Spain is the “king” and the head of government is the “prime minister.”