July 9th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
6 years ago

McCain makes second controversial Iran joke of the campaign

McCain’s second Iran joke of the cycle is grabbing headlines.
McCain’s second Iran joke of the cycle is grabbing headlines.

(CNN) - Presumptive Republican nominee John McCain is raising eyebrows for a joke about killing Iranians - the second time the cycle a stab at humor involving the rogue nation has landed him in hot water.

At a Tuesday campaign event in Pennsylvania, a questioner referred to a recent survey that revealed cigarette exports to Iran rose significantly during the Bush administration. McCain replied jokingly, "Maybe that's a way of killing them."

After a few chuckles from those in attendance, he added "I meant that as a joke, as a person who hasn't had a cigarette in 28 years."

At a campaign event before the New Hampshire primary, the Arizona senator parodied the Beach Boys single “Barbara Ann,” replacing the lyrics with the words "Bomb Iran."

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