McCain's Spain Gaffe: Spanish Press Abuzz
Bump and Update: Time Magazine picks up on McCain's gaffe in the Pain in Spain.
Update: Here is the audio of McCain's interview in English:
TPM reports the Spanish press is abuzz with McCain's latest gaffe about Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero. TPM's original reports are here and here.
It appears McCain got confused and thought Zapatero was from a Latin American country.
Update: A reader writes in:
I am a second generation Cuban American. I read, speak, and write English and Spanish fluently. I listened to the Audio of the interview this morning in disbelief. He was asked 4 different and separate times by the reporter and the reporter clarified each time that she was talking about Europe and Spain. Either he was not paying any attention to the question 4 times and that raises questions about his competence. Or he will have a harder line/more neo-conservative position about one of our NATO allies. Either way...it is not reassuring with what is going on right now.
For those of you who read Spanish, from one of the news reports:
"Me reuniría con aquellos líderes que son nuestros amigos", "tengo que evaluar las relaciones internacionales, y las prioridades" o "mi historial es el de quien ha trabajado en una atmósfera de amistad con los que son nuestros amigos y de plantar cara a los que no lo son"
"Me reuniría con cualquiere líder que tenga los mismos principios y filosofía que nosotros y me enfrentaré a los que no"
Another Spanish article is here. He implied Zapatero was one of our enemies. Maybe he was thinking of the dissident Zapatistas? On a related note, check out the new book, the Fire and the Word, on the history of the Zapatistas.
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