McCain: Skip the Bombs, Send Smokes to Iran

Mac jokes about killing Iranians with cigarettes
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2008 4:12 AM CDT

(Newser) – Told that cigarette exports to Iran rose tenfold under President Bush’s reign, McCain pondered aloud:“Maybe that's a way of killing 'em." When his wife nudged him, he quickly clarified to Reuters: "I meant that as a joke—as a person who hasn't had a cigarette in 29 years.” Known for his acerbic humor, McCain once sang "Ba-ba-ba, ba-bomb Iran" to the Beach Boys' tune Barbara Anne.