ABC News’ Bret Hovell Reports: Sen. John McCain’s, R-Ariz., campaign insists he was only kidding when he combined a Beach Boys impression with foreign policy Wednesday before a group of Veterans at a VFW hall in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.
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McCain campaign spokesman Kevin McLaughlin points out that the Senator’s song was not serious and the people in the room were laughing. "He was just trying to add a little humor to the event."
McLaughlin also points out that the Senator went on to express support for President Bush’s pro-Israel policies and reiterated his own tough stance against Iran.
McCain has long been an advocate of dealing with rogue states aggressively. Back in 2000, when then-Gov. George W. Bush was wary of nation building and talking about a foreign policy based on humility and restraint, McCain was advocating a policy of "rogue-state rollback," which he described in a 1999 speech to the Center for Strategic and International Studies as a "21st century interpretation of the Reagan doctrine."
As for the light-hearted harmony, will this event portend more singing from the senior Senator from Arizona? As Simon Cowell reminds: song choice is critical.