McCain Rips Aide's Remarks on 'Helpful' Terror Attack

Aide claimed terrorism would boost campaign
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Jun 24, 2008 2:44 AM CDT
John McCain answers a question during a campaign event in California Monday. McCain denounced comments from a top aide that a terrorist attack would help his presidential bid.    (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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(Newser) – John McCain has denounced comments from one of his most senior political advisers that a terrorist attack would be "a big advantage" to the Republican candidate politically, the Washington Post reports. Aide Charlie Black also said in an interview in Fortune that Benazir Bhutto's assassination, while "unfortunate," helped McCain win primaries because it helped focus national attention on security.

"I cannot imagine why he would say it. It's not true. I've worked tirelessly since 9/11 to prevent another attack," McCain said. Black later told reporters he regretted his inappropriate comments, and that his boss has devoted his life to protecting the country.