Thursday, September 18, 2008

McCain, Latin America and Spain

This has not been a good week for Sen. John McCain.

First, his economics adviser, Carly Fiorina, said that neither McCain nor Sarah Palin could not run a major company like Hewlett Packard.

Then, John McCain seemed to confirm this saying that USA economy was 'still strong'.

Later he had a disagreement on air with two anchors about this assertion. And after that, he confused Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, prime minister of Spain, with a Latin American president.

This happened when the Republican candidate, in an interview with the host of a radio show from Spain, was talking about how would manage his foreign policy towards the presidents of Bolivia, Venezuela and Cuba (Evo Morales, Hugo Chavez and Raul Castro, respectively) in case he wins.

But when asked if he will receive Zapatero in the White House, he said:
Honestly, I have to analyze our relationships, situations and priorities, but I can assure you that I will establish closer relationships with our friends, and I will stand up to those who want to harm the United States.
Harm? It is true Zapatero pulled the Spain troops from Iraq when he was elected as prime minister, but I do not believe this qualifies as harm.

And then, the McCain staff said this was not a mistake but an intentional expression of policy toward Spain.

This makes me worry about three issues: one, does McCain even know something about Latin America? Two, does he believe that any country that does not support any war started by USA is against them? Three, is he able to say 'I was wrong' and do something to improve?

And while this happens Sen. Barack Obama is ahead of McCain in national polls by 3 percentage points.

I wonder why.

Update: And if these things weren't enough, Sarah Palin put herself before McCain and said it was 'her administration'.

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