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Posted on 06/01/2005 11:49:06 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch
McCain: I 'Absolutely' Want to Be President
Sen. John McCain says he "absolutely wants to be president but hasnt yet decided if hell run in 2008.
In a wide-ranging interview in the June edition of Men's Journal magazine, the Arizona Republican also reveals: John Kerry "discussed the possibility of McCain running as his vice presidential candidate. U.S. troops could be in Iraq for another 50 years. Colin Powell will never run for office. Dan Rather was definitely fired over the Rathergate flap. In the interview, McCain who has had prostate surgery and treatment for melanoma said his health is "excellent and sees no problem in running for president even though if elected in 2008, he would be 72 "about what Reagan was.
Asked point-blank if he wants to be president, McCain answered: "Absolutely. I think every member of the Senate wants to be president.
McCain said he wants to gain the White House "because I think Im qualified to help make the world a better place.
As president, McCain said his foreign policy would greatly mirror President Bushs: "I believe we have a unique opportunity, particularly now, to spread democracy and freedom throughout the world.
He continued that domestically, "one thing is to expand opportunities for national service the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps, neighborhood and community organizations. You see, I think after 9/11 we had a golden opportunity to call all Americans to serve the country not just to tell them to take a trip and go shopping. And I think they would have responded. I think they will still respond.
McCain told Mens Journal hes going to wait a couple of years before making a decision on running for the White House in 2008, in part because he wants to devote his energy to the Senate and as a former candidate hes already laid the groundwork for a campaign.
Looking back on the last election, McCain said he believes John Kerry mishandled the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth controversy.
"He should have responded immediately. I think that was a mistake not responding. You cant leave charges like that unanswered.
As for what he personally thought of the attacks on Kerry, McCain declared: "I said when they questioned Johns service in Vietnam, it was both dishonorable and dishonest.
About Kerrys much-bruited offer of the vice president slot, McCain confirmed that while "it was never officially offered, Kerry "certainly discussed [it] with me on several occasions.
Asked if he saw a U.S. presence in Iraq for 50 years, the senator replied: "In some form or another, as a military presence? Sure. Like I can see us in South Korea for another 50 years. We can be in Bosnia for another 10 to 15 years. Or Kosovo.
Among McCains other comments:
On the right wings view of him: "Theyre more accepting of me than they used to be not accepting, but more accepting because of the fact that I worked hard for Bushs re-election.
On whether Colin Powell will ever run for elective office: "No. His wife is convinced that somebody would try to kill him.
On Dan Rather: "I feel sorry for Dan, because I think he obviously made a serious mistake, but he also paid a heavy price for it. Anybody who believes he lost his job for any other reason just doesnt recognize the truth. His career was terminated.
On Dick Cheney: "He will be seen as the most powerful vice president in the history of the country and a major impact on the conduct of national security policy.
And you're absolutely will never be president ... not as a republican
I was a McCain supporter in 2000.
Never again will I make that mistake!
And it will be my pleasure to deny you that!
I'll vote 3rd Party before I give him my vote.
He's nuts, genuinely nuts.
Why does AZ vote for him?
McCain is the number one RINO - the GOP pushes this backstabber and unfortunately he has no opposition when he runs for office. McCain is the enemy, the enemy within.
Nope, no way. This guy sold his party out so many times, when there was so little pressure on him, it makes you wonder what song he was singing and how loudly he was singing all those "OTHER" years.
This guy can not beat Hillary, and that's the acid test.
I am absolutely certain that folks in America overuse the word "absolutely".
McCain still grabs his ankles for Hanio John and uncle Ted!
John's been snooping around in Cindy's stash.
I absolutely want to have a passionate affair with Nicole Kidman...but I'm not holding my breath waiting for it to happen.
And the North Vietnamese, the Russians (former KGB Soviet folks) and all of the people who spent tireless hours and days programming him for the job hope he will pull it off.
....hopefully his doctors are wrong....(did I say that out loud??)
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