June 10th, 2008
11:32 AM ET
8 years ago

McCain: 'I will veto every single beer'

CNN

Watch McCain's comments Tuesday.

(CNN) - John McCain issued a promise Tuesday that may cause a bit of unrest with a broad swath of voters:

He'll veto every single beer?

In a slip of the tongue while railing against excessive earmarks at the National Small Business Summit in Washington, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee inadvertently pledged to veto the popular alcoholic beverage.

Watch McCain's slip of the tongue

"I will use the veto as needed. I will veto every single beer - bill with earmarks," he said, as rumblings from the crowd could be heard. "And every single bill that we have come across my desk I will make them famous. I will veto them, you will know their names."

It's not entirely surprising McCain has beer on the brain: his wife, Cindy, is heiress to her father's Arizona beer distribution company, Hensley and Company, one of the largest distributors in the U.S., for which she now serves as chairman.


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soundoff (307 Responses)
  1. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    Veto every beer.......too funny

    Canadian beer is better!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 10, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. Yasriel

    OLD MAN YELLS AT CLOUDS

    June 10, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. New Day

    Well, he just lost the blue collar vote. 😀 that was cute.

    June 10, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. donna

    TOO FUNNY FOR A REAL COMMENT...shows where his mind was...

    June 10, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. Jan from Boca Raton, Fla

    No Hillary

    Then McCain 08

    June 10, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. Independent for Obama

    I really hope that the sentence structure issues are a CNN mistake as opposed to what McCain actually said. Don't we already have a pres-er-dint that don't talk so good?

    June 10, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Sigh, and this is who angry Clinton supporters want to vote for out of spite..lord..

    Obama/Sebelius or Webb

    June 10, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. Calimar

    Why does he mark his beer with his ear? Very strange!

    June 10, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. Brad

    Come on folks. Get over it. News broadcasters have done worse and McCain fixed it immediately.

    June 10, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. Rational thoughts

    Who cares about flubs in speech? Obama does it too, ask him about the 57 states. Of course we'll have the rabid Obots in here shouting "He's old" and "His wife makes money from beer!". Who cares???

    Honestly though, I am waiting for the day when the news media decides to cover real issues that affect the citizens of this country. The economy, the war, the failure of leadership in Washington D.C. all trump a gafe in a speech. It won't happen anytime soon, I can still dream though.

    June 10, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. Wesner, Miami Beach, Fl

    This guy is a joke!!! I tought Bush was bad....

    June 10, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. Susan

    That's because Cindy just wrote him a check!

    June 10, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. James

    I'll deal with the high gas prices, but please don't veto the beer! Beer happens to be the only thing that makes me forget about the high gas prices!!!

    June 10, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. JOEL for hope

    Good god there after my beer .It sad that i have to pay 4$ for gas put as a young vet after a hard day i like to have a cold one . i have to go a stash my beer some place safe .

    June 10, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. ben

    Hasn't McCain had enough "slips"of the tongue to make you wonder?

    June 10, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. bob

    too little cindy mccain i see 🙂
    have to bring some thing related to her into the campaign.

    June 10, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  17. gary c

    The man is an idiot. That is all we need, a second idiot in the
    White House.

    June 10, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. Belle

    Oh no...back to Prohibition!

    June 10, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. Michael, MI

    Mcbushed is too old, he's loosing his memory already.

    June 10, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. Clinton/McCain

    Which is worse? This slip of the tongue or Obama's belief that there are 57 states? I didn't see CNN make THAT a story.

    June 10, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  21. Richardson for V.P

    IDIOT

    June 10, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  22. Obama!!

    Dumb. Who cares about that. The real issues are McCain's horrible policies. Obama will crush him in debates.

    June 10, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  23. Ratgurl

    Slip of the tongue, or slip of the brain?

    June 10, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. bridgette

    Maybe you should not veto every bill. Some ear marks are actually good. That is where you get the funding for schools and road work and other important things. So maybe he should actually read the bill first.

    June 10, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. Chuck, Democrats United We Stand

    Okay, nothing to worry about; just another senior moment. The older we become the more frequent they occur. Maybe he needs to use a tele-prompter to prevent these slip ups, as they are becoming sad.

    June 10, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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