McCain Forgot Canada

Right after doing a post which refers to McCain’s frequent gaffes I came across this from First Read:

In his interview with NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell, which will air on NBC’s Nightly News tonight, McCain questions whether Obama should have given a speech in Berlin before becoming president.

“I would rather speak at a rally or a political gathering any place outside of the country after I am president of the United States,” McCain told O’Donnell. “But that’s a judgment that Sen. Obama and the American people will make.”

However, on June 20, McCain himself gave a speech in Canada — to the Economic Club of Canada — in which he applauded NAFTA’s successes. An implicit message behind that speech was that Obama had been critical of the trade accord. Also, McCain’s trip to Canada was paid for by the campaign.

This could be framed as a yet another example of something McCain forgot, or perhaps one could even question if McCain realizes that Canada is outside of the United States. What this really represents is yet another example of how weak McCain’s criticism of Obama has become, and how he now looks like someone who will say anything in the hopes of picking up political points.

Update: McCain is also being criticized today for forgetting Afghanistan, as well as Canada. He forgot Afghanistan when he referred to Iraq as the first major conflict after 9/11.

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    PolticialWorld says:

    It is almost sad the straws that McCain is grasping at, this week he distinguished himself from Obama by saying, such things as “I would rather lose a campaign, than lose a war” An bemoaned the fact that he did not get the coverage that Obama is getting when he went to Iraq. Mccain has no ideas to offer us, he will be a repeat of the last 8 years.

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    Joe Ring says:

    Is Canada “International?”, Why do most Americans think that Canada is like going into the back yard.  The McClain people and John himself only had the”casual approach” to Canada as Americans have had for over a hundred years. Why? Because we are friends and neighbors and we Canadians do not have any problem with that. Obama on the other hand  is in a neighborhood where there are many of our enemies.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Yes Joe, Canada is a different country. You cannot criticize Obama for making a speech in a foreign country when McCain has done so in Canada.

    You consider making a speech in Germany being “in a neighborhood where there are many of our enemies.” Or is it that you object to Obama talking with other countries instead of invading them?

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    Gridlock says:

    Yeah, if I remember correctly, didn’t border patrol in Canada nab some ‘terrists’ trying to cross into the US to blow up the Space Needle back in 2002 or so? Sounds like enemies in the neighborhood.

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