MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Speaking before a crowd of
environmentalists at the Global Warming and Energy Solutions conference,
Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, recognized Former Vice President Al Gore for
his Nobel peace prize, but said he would have given the award to others.
"I congratulate Al Gore on his selection for the Nobel peace prize because
of this effort, and I think it¹s going to help enormously the publicity
associated with that awarding."
But later McCain added, "I would have given the peace prize to the Buddhist
monks that are being killed in Burma, but the fact is that he's done fine
work on this issue."
During the question and answer section, an audience member expressed concern
that McCain's statements about Al Gore's Nobel peace prize award were
confusing the proactive message about energy conservation.
"I've never heard before someone say: I wish someone else had won," the
audience member said.
"I've said it almost every year," McCain responded. "I'm entitled to my
"Because I thought that Buddhist monks who were dying were deserving of the
award, in no way, in my view, diminishes the accomplishments that he [Al
Gore] has made," he said.
- CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla