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And we're back now with the Senator John McCain senator former President Carter said this week.
His words not mine.
That you have been milking every possible flop but the advantage from your five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
The president said that at the -- platform with Rick Warren quote John McCain was able to believe in his experience in Vietnam prison camp.
No matter what the question one.
It's -- response.
I have great respect for former President Carter.
What is the first time we've disagreed his statements about.
Israel and Palestinians.
And the way he conducted his presidency I respect.
-- vigorously disagree -- And many of the things that activities cities had sense I think he's a man of very good hard and but you offended by his suggesting that your milking your hardly.
I have respect for President Carter and I don't think most Americans share that view in fact.
Most of my supporters say talk more about your experiences and they were formative experiences.
And pastor Rick Warren.
Wanted to know not only are positions on the issues but.
What -- make our lives and why we feel that we think it's important to serve this country in the highest and most responsible.
Position most powerful position in the world.
I'm pleased to have been able to talk to so many Americans in the straightforward fashion.
And tell them about why am I am the person I am today.
If we'd had this conversation a month ago we wouldn't have been had a word about republic that about Georgia a tiny country a long ways away.
So we don't know.
What's around the corner of history and we have to judge people's character.
And my character a great part of that formation of that character took place in a prison camp.
As we sit here today on Saturday hurricane goes -- is bearing down on the Gulf Coast.
Are there any circumstances under which you would consider suspending the Republican convention.
If the hurricane really.
Part of the country I'm afraid Chris that we may have to look at that situation we'll try miners have been talking and governors can go.
Barbara -- Chris I've been talking but.
You know what -- teach -- it wouldn't be appropriate to have a festive occasion while.
-- near trashy or a terrible.
Challenge is present in the form of a natural disasters so we're monitoring it from day today in.
I'm saying if you -- here but what would you do.
Well I think we would have to we're we're looking at various options and so I don't know exactly what we would do because you don't know how severe it is -- -- head but I mean again used seriously talking about suspended -- convention not holding if -- at least some of the activities or maybe devoting some of the activities to bringing American people's attention to trying to help its victims but right now it's too early frankly.
All we're doing right now is is exploring the various options.
In the wake of Katrina and a perception at least the Republicans failures wouldn't look bad.
For your party to be conducting business as usual while people are really suffering on the gulf.
Don't think so.
I think again before we don't want to appear in any way festive.
When you have that kind of tragedy possibly.
Revisiting itself fun.
The city of New Orleans soon and areas around so will be judgment day by day and looking at the options button.
Right now our prayers are that it doesn't.
Hit in this case at least in heavily populated areas it's pretty clear at least at this moment.
It's gonna hit somewhere and so -- and also might actually I think.
That we are far far better prepared than we were the last time.
Just four months ago you told Shepard Smith on Fox News the kind of campaign that you intended to run you said this.
Americans want to respectful.
People say well negative ads move numbers -- name but do we have to go to the lowest common.
I don't -- senator in the last two months you've run ads comparing Barack Obama to.
Another -- you're laughing as I say this to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears you -- that charging perhaps accurately that he got help -- -- -- from a convicted felon.
What happened to your pledge to run -- respectful him.
Oh I think it's respectful but first I also look at that time as general moment to go to town hall meetings with me.
We could appear in front of the American people -- Barry Goldwater and Jack Kennedy had pledged to do a -- that changes it tenor of the campaign I know because I've done in the past.
And unfortunately Senator Obama refused to literally.
Town hall meetings with me and appear before the American people so we can both answer their questions and comments second overall.
I thought one that those ads draw differences between our positions he's against offshore drilling.
He wants to raise taxes.
But the other thing I thought they were pretty humorous and for those people who have lost their sense of humor.
Turn off your computer go -- get a breath of fresh air and get your -- back so.
Just edited -- laugh about Tony Rezko a convicted now I don't I think that they should laugh when they see Charlton Heston.
And and but -- there are serious issues there are serious issues don't think -- campaign is gone and you know last you know we have certainly drawn the differences.
And we will continue to draw those differences and I my dad.
And that the negative ads were begun long ago by a Democratic National Committee.
That continues to this state by the Obama campaign -- something we understand I'm a big boy.
But we will continue to draw the differences.
Between ourselves since myself and Senator Obama particularly.
Since he has a tendency to shift those positions.
Obama and the Democrats continue.
To try to wrap President Bush around you big question.
How do you assess the bush presidency.
I think history will judge that I do think it's a fact that America is not been attacked again since 9/11.
I think the president deserves credit for that.
I think history will judge the president as is well -- I.
Which adamantly opposed to the spending spree that we win.
And predicted that we would be in the difficulties -- -- our fiscal sanity is concerned if we continued.
The largest increase in government.
Since the great society.
And I -- vetoes.
I believed strongly that we needed to address the issue of climate change and comprehensive fashion.
I have obviously don't want to torturing prisoners there's a long list of various we were in disagreement on.
But I'll shoot I guess he didn't want to torture prisoners well water boarding to me this torture.
Okay and and water boarding.
Which advocated by the the administration.
And according to a published report.
It was huge but the point is we've had our disagreements.
And I've been called a quote from memory and I'm not the most popular person.
In my party.
And nor do I believe was governor -- the most popular.
With some in her Republican Party in the state of Alaska and that's why I'm so glad I found -- soul mate and partner for this campaign.
So step back and in less than a problematic terms and -- sort of conceptual terms.
Give us an overview how would the McCain presidency be different from the bush for.
Well first thing we do trains and I mean we've got to -- all these pork barrel bills we would eliminate.
Pork barrel and earmark spending we would seriously and comprehensively.
Address the issue of climate change.
We would all so absolutely.
Make sure that I address the issue of Afghanistan and our nation's security.
And and build that coalition of nations in LA attempt.
That I think we can succeed on reining in the Iranian.
Development of nuclear weapons but most importantly.
Immediate plan of action to fix our economy and create jobs and get people back to work again and get our economy going again.
That's gotta be the first priority and -- work with the Democrats I'll reach across CI.
And we've got to keep taxes low and we've got to have a job creation program which alternative energy.
And nuclear power are a big part.
What do you hope to accomplish at the convention if there's 1 or 2 central messages.
That you want to get across to voters about the choice.
Between you and Barack Obama with it.
Reform prosperity and peace will reform the way that works and does business.
Senator Obama has never taken on his party or had any real reform agenda prosperity.
Get jobs back keep taxes slow invigorate our economy and get moving again and peace.
I know how to secure the peace I hate for hate war most veterans day.
All veterans and I know.
And we can secure the peace this is a very dangerous world we live -- and I know how to do that.
Senator Obama has been consistently wrong on national security issues I have been consistently correct.
Hey are you going to carve up Obama your convention.
All I think we'll try to draw the differences but I think the message.
A hole and then Americas and restoring trust and confidence in our government.
And our best days are ahead of us I am convinced.
And America's best days are ahead of us and very difficult and challenging times Senator McCain thank you for -- with us CNN Saint Paul OK good to see.
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