May 23rd, 2008
03:21 PM ET
7 years ago

Texas pastor Hagee says split with McCain 'best for both of us'

(CNN) - Texas televangelist John Hagee said Friday his political divorce from Republican presidential contender John McCain is "best for both of us" and urged reporters to return to "the pressing issues of the day."

McCain renounced Hagee's support on Thursday after earlier remarks by the evangelist - suggesting the acts of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler during the Holocaust were part of God's will - drew attention from reporters. The Arizona senator had stood by during controversies over other Hagee sermons, but said he considered the Holocaust remarks "deeply offensive and indefensible."

In a brief appearance with an Orthodox rabbi by his side, Hagee said his views had been "mischaracterized and attacked."

"Our search for an explanation for evil must never be confused for an effort to excuse evil," he said. "Many have wondered where God was during the Holocaust, but I think the more important question is what we will do here on Earth to make sure there will never be another Holocaust."

Related video: Watch a clip of Hagee's comments Friday.


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  1. KK

    OK...???!!!

    May 23, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. HILARY 4 PREZ!!

    u OBAMABOTS just dont' get it if he steels the election then us 'uneducated' HILLARY supporters will be voting Mcain or wirting in HILLARY. The sexist media has stolen this from Hillary on day one and they just want to push their BLACK LIBERAL MUSLIM cnadidate down our throat. Its impossible for OBAMA to win in november because me and all the other HIALRY fans will not be brainwashed to vote fora DISHONEST LYING NEGATIVE politician!!

    May 23, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Jo Ann

    McCain and Hagee both know this will come back to hunt McCain. IF
    not why, did it take McCAIN THIS LONG TO REJECT, RENOUNCE HAGEE statement, no McCain was trying to use that endorsement to his benefit until know he decides to reject his endorsement. He thinks that this makes him looks like he can really run this country well I got news for you. Keep on with you lobbyist as you have for years and have the good old president to rain money for you and keep his same old polices. MCCain is a fraud.

    May 23, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. Jack

    I'm sure it won't be all over the news for the next 3 months like Wright was. And I've barely seen Parsley mentioned. He's just as bad as Hagee but since nobody knows about him McCain doesn't feel like he has to reject his endorsement (look him up, he's terrible). On a side note, exactly how do you misrepresent those comments? Hagee claims that they were but I'm curious as to exactly what it was that he meant then.

    May 23, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. Teaxans for Obama

    In a brief appearance with an Orthodox rabbi by his side, Hagee said his views had been "mischaracterized and attacked."
    Hmmmmm sounds familiar....Just call Minister Hagee, "white Wright"...this is exactly what was done to Minister Wright, with the sound bites that were taken out of context, but I see all of the white talk radio and cable news people making excuses for Hagee, but they tried to lynch Obama and Wright.....what a shame.....

    May 23, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. Casey

    The point that here is not if Pastors (Wright, Hagee or Presely) are preaching is hate. No, none of them is but this happens when you try to miss religion with politics. Hagee is now playing politican with a man dressed up an Orthodox rabbi. This is uncalled for. If He trully believe what he preaches then God will defend him , maybe all these Pastors are after our money afterall.

    May 23, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. tj

    Will John Hagee vote Democrat in NOvember is the big question.

    May 23, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Hillary, the hardened Heart!!!

    good for you pastor Hagee!!!

    May 23, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  9. Liz

    McBush is looking weaker every day. I guess that's why he has to talk so tough.

    May 23, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. Peace

    WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND

    TOUCH NOT THE LORDS ANOINTED.

    OBAMA ALL THE WAY

    May 23, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. Darth Vadik, CA

    ...and have you guys heard Rev Parsley, McCains pastor.

    OH MY GOD

    The US was formed by God to destroy Islam. This from a pastor of a guy who is running to be the President of the US.

    May 23, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. Terry

    mischaracterized?

    Who in the world does he think he's kidding?

    May 23, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. James

    This is what you get for getting cheap endorsements.

    May 23, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. Gilbert from Los Angeles

    WE leave this ALL in the hands of our GOD, HE is in control of, all.
    I am sure Pastor Hagee, meant well, although we have to be very careful before we speak, I am also an, Ex-Catholic, who belongs to a
    Bible-base Church, I love it. OUR Counrty was built on "Moral-Values"
    this is where I agree with Pastor Hagee. Leave it in the hands of God, OUR Creator & Heavenly Father. This world is getting worse, but it is because we are living in "THE END TIMES". Pray and Fellowship.
    P R A Y E R. is very powerful. Yes, I am a very conservative Christian and Republican. God Bless You all........... Republican & Democrat.

    May 23, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  15. Billy from Florida

    What a difference from the Rev. Wright speech.

    May 23, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. James, SC

    Why don't you take your nazi loving, Jew bashing, Catholic hating, homophobic John "Songbird" McCain back for some good old fashion GOP hugs?!

    May 23, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. Rick from NJ

    This man has NOTHING to do with McCain.

    Reverend Wright and Trinity United Church of Christ has a LOT to do with Obama.

    He still attends this church that honors Louis Farrakhan
    Obama still attends this Church that teaches Black Liberation Theology
    He still continues to attend this church.

    Americans should visit their web site, visit Louis Farrakhan's views and know what church Obama still admires.

    Haggee is not McCains's mentor for 20 years.

    Obama has a lot more answereing to do about his church and his relationship with Reverend Wright. Every candidate should explain all of their comrads.

    If Senator Clinton or Senator McCain attended a church that supported the KKK wouldn't we be examining them. I would hope so.

    May 23, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  18. Hope

    Pastor Hagee is a strong, intelligent Godly leader. Hagee preaches the truth.And God said the truth will set you free. You have to be spiritual to understand what he preaches. I'm glad this happened for one reason. The republicans always faked to the christian commuity like they are for them. You have to be honest to be of God. The republicans are known liars and backstabbers. They are not for anyone but rich people that put money in their pockets.
    NOW MAYBE PASTOR HAGEE AND OTHER MINISTERS WILL WAKE UP AND SEE IF YOU ARE NOT FOR HONESTY, YOU ARE NOT FOR GOD. THEREFORE, HOW CAN YOU REPRESENT A LIAR WHEN YOU KNOW LYING IS EVIL AND OF THE DEVIL? THAT MAKES THEM (MINISTERS) LOOK LIKE FAKE PROPHETS AND MANIPULATORS. THAT MAKES THEM LOOK LIKE THIEVES.
    GOD IS NOT PARTISAN! STOP LYING TO PEOPLE AND MAKING THEM THINK IF YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN, YOU SUPPOSED TO BE A REPUBLICAN, YOU HYPOCRITES! STOP SAYING YOU ARE FOR GOD, WHEN YOU ARE NOT FOR THE POOR, YOU HYPOCRITES! STOP SAYING YOU ARE OF GOD WHEN YOU ARE OF HATRED, YOU DEVIL!

    May 23, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. Darth Vadik, CA

    Hagee,

    I hope you get to see that Hell you allways talk about, with your head down in a hole with scorpions eating your feet, right next TO THE LAKE OF EVERBURNING FIRE.

    May 23, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. Mikey

    Right! The only reason this guy and those like him support Israel is because they see it as important toward hastening the onset of the apocalypse, which for some stupid reason, they are very eager to see.

    The question to ask him is what he thinks will happen to the Jews during the apocalypse. Bet the good Rabbi would not appreciate his answer.

    Nut cases like Hagee are full of self righteousness and hate. They are more like the leaders of doomsday cults than good Christians. His terrible comments about Catholics, Jews, gays, etc show who he really is. And his comment about God bringing on terrorist attacks on the U.S. causing blood to flow in the streets is at least as anti-American as anything Rev. Wright has said.

    If he wants to know more about evil, I'll send him a good mirror.

    May 23, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  21. Sue Mullins

    Praise God for man like John Hagee. He knows and understands the word of God. Pastor Hagee is conveying the message of how important it is that America support and defend Israel at all costs. If John McCain is a Christian, he should know exactly what Pastor Hagee is saying.

    May 23, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. frank

    Doesnt change the fact that this is McCains and the republican base.

    May 23, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. martin

    established religions are the curse of this world.i think we would do better,if our personal beliefs,were kept personal,and not subjected to organizations that try to manufacture our beliefs ,for us.religious organizations ,of all kinds,use their influence,for monetary gain,and to promote their vision of GOD.they use religion to spew hatred,upon others ,who don't share their beliefs.think for yourselves ,people.GOD does not hate anyone.

    May 23, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. A CANUCK

    Now there are TWO pastors that McCain has split with.......is CNN going to play their sermons as many times as they did Wright's ?????

    May 23, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. Matt from Albany, NY

    I find it interesting that Pastor Hagee can say, "How can people who do not know me, who do not know how I dedicated my life's work, judge me on a few comments?"

    This issue will get dismissed... Yet the Obama/RevWright issue has be recycled over and over again, week after week. Opponents of Obama have used a few sermons to dilute all of the good that was done in that Illinois parish.

    The fact remains that race and/or sexism is still rampant in this country. One out of five people from Kentucky said that they made their decision and voted based on race. 1 out of 5!!!!! And that is only the people that were willing to openly admit that they were racist. More likely, 40-50% of the voters in Kentucky voted for Hillary solely because she was not Black.

    As a white, 27 year old Republican.... I am tired of the division, bigotry, lack of legislation, 12Billion dollar an month war, ect.... ect.... ect....

    I will vote Democrat, and chances are I will work for the Obama party.

    As for Hillary, I find her to be tremendous, resilient, and lost in a wave of bad timing. If she were in Obama's position right now, I would be supporting her all the way.

    No to 4 more years of McSame. No to lobbyists. No to 100 more years of war while our once great country falls further into irrelevence.

    Matt from Albany NY

    May 23, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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