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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  1. McCain 08

    The first one he will veto is Obama.

    June 10, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. Kiki8106

    The nonsense I read on here is crazy......
    The only person in the voting booth is you....so vote as you may. Please people donot response to this nonsense, if they are going to vote for McSame then let them. Just do you....You are the only person that have to deal with decision you make in the years to come.

    You can't teach an old racist dog new tricks!!!!
    For all of you that say they will never vote for Obama. When Obama and Clinton are almost the same on policy for our country.

    June 10, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. Stephen

    while the article is questionable as news... it is somewhat interesting just how many of these little slips of the tongue McCain makes. He's obviously a well seasoned public servant/speaker. He's been through more personal trials in his time as a POW than most Americans will ever experience... but the simple fact is that he is fairly old. And with the natural progression of age comes diminished capacity. Where is the line between a simple goof... and simple proof. That McCain is actually exhibiting signs of senile behavior.

    June 10, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. NickNas

    OK so to all of you people who have not learned your lessons from BUSH! We the people of the U.S. are NOT going to listen to you AGAIN!! When Bush was running for Office and was a Ignorant boob YOU MADE EXCUSES FOR HIM THEN TOO! Remember he didn't even know where the U.K. Was?? Couldn't even name 2 world LEADERS?? YOU PEOPLE MADE EXCUSES FOR HIM!!!

    We the people of the U.S. who's IQ is OVER 80 will NOT be fooled by you again!!!

    That is all.

    June 10, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. doc4nuts

    Cindy will not be giving him beer or anything else. The old girl opened a free cold one from daddy's brewery when she heard that!

    June 10, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. Concerned Citizen

    McCain vowed to keep the estate tax low, referring to it as "one of the most unfair tax laws on the books."

    well, when you fleece the American public as a CEO of a company that reneges on pensions, healthcare, wages, safety (the list is long) and yet you make 100M, 200M per year... of course you wouldn't want that to get taxed before your children get it...

    But that money came from the sweat of the little guy, and frankly... it ought to be taxed and returned to them.

    June 10, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Adam Schneider

    Maybe he just had a long day and had beer on his mind. hah

    June 10, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. john williams san diego, ca.

    and obama challenged him by asking 'in all 57 states?'

    June 10, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. TM

    That's nothing compared to his downright nasty joke making fun of Hillary and Chelsea Clinton.

    The joke appeared in McCain's hometown paper, the Arizona Republic, this is what he reportedly said:
    "Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly?
    Because her father is Janet Reno."

    As a Clinton supporter and woman I urge my friends to remember this man does not like you or Hillary – despite his nice words to the public.

    June 10, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. Nobody

    Leave my beer alone!!!!

    God help us all if Obama Winfrey gets elected.
    Obama has no plans, just flames.

    June 10, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. Concerned Citizen

    To add to McCain's bit on the "death tax" when I actually have the problem of making over $250,000.00 a year, I may become a Republican!

    Until then, no freaking way. I personally want your wife's estate taxed, McWar.

    June 10, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. Shelly in IL

    Go ahead and keep joking around!

    June 10, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. LIZ

    McCain may slip up on his words but at least he has a real plan for America....What does Obama have? Nothing if he doesn't get Hillary as his VP. As long as he has her, we will be OK!!
    period.

    June 10, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. DIANA

    AND YOU THOUGHT BUSH WAS BAD??????

    June 10, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. ALECO1 -----NOKOMIS,FL

    AT HIS AGE, HIS MOUTH MOVES FASTER THAN HIS BRAIN.--I DON'T THINK WE WANT THIS OLD MAN AS OUR PRESIDENT.

    June 10, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. Bob

    Did you hear the audience in the background, even they got a laugh out of it? This is starting to be not so funny. Its almost a little scary that this man we be answering the phone at 3:00 a.m. in the morning.
    Ha, ha, ha, I just made you think

    June 10, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. Bill, Richmond, VA

    Look folks, let's all take a nice deep breath. It was a slip of the tongue, nothing more, nothing less. I'm voting for Obama in the fall, however, John McCain should be respected by everyone for the service he has rendered this country in the military and in the United States Senate.

    I look forward to these two candidates having an open and civil debate on the issues facing our country. I think that there are stark differences in policy between the two. Nevertheless, the differences, we need to give both Senator Obama and Senator McCain respect rather than snide and hostile commentary.

    June 10, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. james gropper

    ok take all alchohale ciggerets guns tvs any thing left fore people
    to injoy dont forget the fishing and hunting any outdoor sports
    you might as well the way this country is going we will all be
    street people anyway by the end of the century

    June 10, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  19. James

    This is better than his last slip-up; confusing Iraq and Iran and Al Qaida. Do we really want to vote for somebody who could take us to war because they had a senior moment? Scary...

    June 10, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. Mo

    THIS GREAT OLD MAN IS HAVING MEMORY LAPSES. SO SOMETIMES HE DOES NOT KNOW WHAT HE IS SPEAKING. WE SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT. BUT THIS WILL BE VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM IF HE BECOMES PRESIDENT.

    June 10, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. skylark

    ROFL!
    Theres many a slip twixt the tongue and the lip.
    Seriously:
    If you want to elect a Dictator choose McCain.
    If you want to elect a President choose Obama!

    June 10, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. Barack the Vote

    Have you been drinking McBush?

    June 10, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    MCMOULD HAVING ANOTHER MENTAL GLITCH, HEY.

    HE WOULD BE GREAT IN ONE OF THOSE 3 AM. SPOTS,

    ASKING HIS PILL POPPER," WHERE IS THE PHONE". &

    THEN JOE LIBERMAN POPS UP RIGHT BETWEEN THEM

    TO HELP HIM FIND IT.

    .

    June 10, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. Eddy Perez

    I am 300 % against Republican for the way they have trash our economy in wars that started with lies and they are to blame for the oil prices around the world. But one thing I got to say.........Mr. McCain did not mean that, I mean if he tries to do anything over our way of life (Beers), he will not even get 100 votes...........but it was funny, reminds me of G.W. Bush when he first started, I mean Bush was trash Speaking in English.......

    Gook Luck Mr. McCain, but you will loose to Obama............

    Mr. Perez in this end........comments (fenixcargosa@yahoo.com)

    June 10, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  25. ginger

    Yep that's funny. He made a slip of the tongue. Everybody just have a good laugh.

    As for the Obama 57 state slip of the tongue. Of course Sen. Obama knows how many states there are. I'll tell you what, you run for President and I'll sit back and watch how slip ups you make.

    How much did you pay for gas this week?

    June 10, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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