ABC News’ Bret Hovell Reports: Politics watchers have an excuse to continue humming "Barbara Ann" around the water cooler this week.
The campaign of GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., played the now infamous Beach Boys’ surfer classic during two campaign events in Columbia and Greenville, South Carolina on Thursday — the senator’s first campaign day since officially announcing he’s running for president.
McCain was criticized this month when he responded to a question about a preemptive strike against Iran by creating new lyrics for the Beach Boys song.
"Remember that old Beach Boys’ song, Bomb Iran?" he asked the crowd. "Bomb-bomb-bomb – anyway."
McCain’s has deflected the criticism, saying he has always and will continue to use homor on the campaign trail. Those who don’t like that should "get a life", he has said.
His campaign seems to have adopted the same mentality.
"I think it’s our team in South Carolina’s way of showing they have a good sense of humor," said McCain’s communications director Brian Jones. "And let’s face it, it’s a catchy tune."
In a press briefing immediately following the event, McCain said he was surprised the song was played and didn’t intend to sing the ‘Bomb Iran’ tune again.
But, he said, "I said it before and I’ll continue to say it, you gotta have a sense of humor."