Senator John McCain appeared on Meet the Press today, wearing his 2008 Presidential ambitions on his sleeve, and checking his integrity at the door, as he conveniently denied that Jerry Faldwell was an 'agent of intolerance' as he expressed during the 2000 Presidential campaign. In the interview McCain also couldn't say enough nice things about the great job President Bush was doing on Iraq and defending our country. So much for the straight talk express. Sounds more like the ass kiss express to me. - IFK Editor
McCain Softens Language on Jerry Falwell (AP)
Potential presidential candidate John McCain says he longer considers evangelist Jerry Falwell to be one of the "agents of intolerance" that he criticized during a previous White House run.
The Republican senator from Arizona will be the commencement speaker in May at Liberty University, the Lynchburg, Va., institution that Falwell founded in 1971.
"We agreed to disagree on certain issues, and we agreed to move forward," McCain said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."
In 2000, as he sought the Republican nomination that eventually went to George W. Bush, McCain said: "Neither party should be defined by pandering to the outer reaches of American politics and the agents of intolerance, whether they be Louis Farrakhan or Al Sharpton on the left or Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell on the right."
On Sunday, McCain said that Christian conservatives have a major role to play in the Republican Party, but added, "I don't have to agree with everything they stand for."