McCain Jab on War Most 'Scurrilous' in Memory: Klein

Time 's Klein can't believe he said Obama would rather lose war than election
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2008 3:58 PM CDT

(Newser) – John McCain’s latest jab at Barack Obama—“It seems to me that Obama would rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign”–stuns Joe Klein, who writes in Time that the Republican’s Iraq claim is the most “scurrilous statement by a major party candidate” he’s heard in nine elections. “It smacks of desperation,” Klein says. “How sad.”

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Klein sympathizes with McCain that the Democrat drew “an inside straight” when Iraq’s prime minister sided with him on withdrawal—even though the McCain-backed surge made it possible. But that’s no excuse to “pop off” in such a “shockingly unpresidential” fashion. “Questions about whether McCain has the right temperament for the presidency,” Klein says, are officially renewed. (Read more John McCain stories.)

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