McCain adviser says terrorist attack would boost campaign
Looks like one of John McCain's advisors let loose a little too much "straight talk" in an article published yesterday in Fortune magazine, saying that a terrorist attack would be a blessing for the McCain campaign. While undoubtedly true, it's not the kind of thing you can say out loud.
A senior adviser to the US presidential hopeful John McCain has apologised after saying a terrorist attack on American soil would be a "big advantage" to the Republican candidate's election campaign.
Charlie Black later expressed regret over his "inappropriate" comments, and McCain said he disagreed with the claim.
McCain's presidential rival Barack Obama called the remark a "complete disgrace".
Discussing national security in an interview with Fortune magazine, Black was asked about the impact that another terrorist attack on US soil might have on McCain's campaign.
"Certainly it would be a big advantage to him," said Black.
He said the assassination of the former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto in December was an "unfortunate event" but had helped McCain to win the New Hampshire primary, a state he had to win to save his candidacy.