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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.
He is not fit to park cars in Washington DC let alone be President. Hell he is an insult to people that park cars!
ABM in '08.
He might qualify for "Miss America" with a line like that...
Only the dumb masses will vote for him.
Which is probably the only way he'll get in the race unless he beats out Hillary for the dem nomination.
"I'm going to find those strawberries if it takes until the 2008 election!" -- Senator McQueeg
(He is one scary dude!)
mccain for prez, won't work if it comes to a vote, as for him saying attacks on kerry from swift boat vets were dishonorable & dishonest, thats what kerry was & is !!!!!
He "absolutely" wants to be President...
...and I "absolutely" don't want him to be President.
He'll have to do it without my vote or money.
sounds like the absolute is working...
So you're only one word away from agreement.
McCain has done more damage to the Republican Party than any other single individual I can think of.
I believe he will run for President - as a third Party candidate. And the media will be in turmoil - who do they support him or Frau Clinton?
G.Mason: I 'absolutely' do not want you to be President
Yeah, and I absolutely want to be Pope.
My chances are as good as McCains.
Anyone who sees himself as "qualified to make the world a better place" is definitely NOT qualified to be President. Too much arrogance!