John McCain: Moderate Mullah
For those still harboring illusions of McCain's moderation, I offer this, barf, puke, hurl:
By the Associated Press
March 28, 2006
LYNCHBURG, Va. -- U.S. Sen. John McCain will speak at Liberty University's spring graduation ceremony.
McCain, an Arizona Republican considering a presidential run in 2008, will address the graduating class at the May 13 event, said the Rev. Jerry Falwell, founder of the private evangelical Christian school.
McCain, 69, labeled Falwell an "agent of intolerance" during his campaign against then-Gov. George W. Bush in the South Carolina and Virginia GOP primaries in 2000.
"Neither party should be defined by pandering to the outer reaches of American politics and the agents of intolerance, whether they be Louis Farrakhan or Al Sharpton on the left or Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell on the right," McCain said at the time. He lost to Bush in both states.
Falwell said McCain's appearance at Liberty is a sign that the senator is wooing evangelical Christians, but it doesn't necessarily signal a Falwell endorsement.
"I was in Washington with him about three months ago," Falwell told The News & Advance of Lynchburg. "We dealt with every difference we have. There are no deal breakers now. But I told him, 'You have a lot of fence mending to do."'
Telephone and e-mail messages The Associated Press left for McCain's press secretary Tuesday weren't immediately returned.
Hat tip to Litz over at the Crack Den.