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12/05/2004

 

McCain on FOX News Sunday



This morning at 9a ET, John McCain was host Chris Wallace's guest on FOX News Sunday. He always says something.

Here are my notes from today;'s Rightsided Newsletter:


John McCain was host Wallace's first guest on FNS, where he spoke from the start of steroids. He seeks a "regimen for testing of major league baseball" players. Congress can intervene, he declared, because of the anti-trust exemption it granted Major League Baseball and because such baseball is considered to be interstate commerce. (Seemingly everything is considered interstate commerce for regulatory purposes.)

Would the President sign a measure forcing mandatory testing on MLB? "He'd love to!" enthused McCain, provided that it was passed as "a last resort" if it weren't done by the sport itself. McCain said that he is doing this "for high school kids" who might think they have to emulate Giambi, Bonds, and Sheffield to succeed in the sport.

It's not for him to say, McCain said, whether or not Barry Bonds was aware that he was taking steroids, but he finds it difficult to believe that an athlete like Bonds, who keeps track "of every calorie that goes into his body," could be ignorant of this.

Wallace kept asking him to answer questions "as a sports fan." McCain finally gave up and said he cannot separate being a fan and being a Senator on this matter.


Oil for Food. McCain said, "I think that Kofi Annan has a lot to answer for." Annan's reputation has been damaged, he asserted, but he refused the offer to call for Annan's resignation. He did, however, point out that Oil for Food, as a scandalm is "an argument that justifies our involvement in Iraq."

Will McCain seek the Presidency in 2008? He's happy being a Senator, and blah blah, he says, but he'll make a determination "in a few years." He'll be 72-years-old, but he insists that this is not too old. (McCain's mother, Wallace pointed out, is in her 90s.)



McCain will not run. The speculation is an ego-driven and media-fed fantasy. The man will be 72, and he readily acknowledges that he is a party "outsider." For an outsider to win the GOP nomination, he must capture the hearts and imagination of the core of the party, and McCain tends to turn off that core.

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