John McCain, today on MSNBC: “Frankly, I don’t understand why the president wants to take these kind of cheap shots - bayonets and horses, what’s that all about? You know, when I debated then-Senator Obama I didn’t criticize or belittle his lack of experience on national security issues. And he seemed to take these kind of cheap shots. … I kind of resent it.”
John McCain, during the first presidential debate, on Sept. 26, 2008, at Ole Miss: “I’ve been involved, as I mentioned to you before, in virtually every major national security challenge we’ve faced in the last 20-some years. There are some advantages to experience, and knowledge, and judgment. And I — and I honestly don’t believe that Senator Obama has the knowledge or experience and has made the wrong judgments in a number of areas …”
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