McCain Disses Spain's PM, One Way or Another

Will remain chilly ... or confused Zapatero with Latin Americans
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2008 12:25 PM CDT
Spanish PM Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero reacted to John McCain's prediction of continued chilly relations, or his confusion, by saying he'll work with the next US administration "whatever it is."   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – John McCain seemed to say Spain’s prime minister is an enemy of the US during an interview with a Spanish-language radio station this week, Time reports. Asked whether, if elected, he would meet with José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, McCain answered, “I will establish closer relationships with our friends, and I will stand up to those who want to harm the United States.”

The interviewer clarified that Spain was a country in Europe and a fellow NATO member, not a troublesome Latin American state—but McCain offered the same evasive answer. Spanish newspapers today are trying to figure out just what McCain might have meant with his swipe. “In the best-case scenario,” wrote El País, his answer “demonstrates his ignorance with respect to Zapatero.”