July 16th, 2008
07:06 AM ET
6 years ago

McCain again cites current events in 'Czechoslovakia'

McCain again referred to the nation of Czechoslovakia, which no longer exists.
McCain again referred to the nation of Czechoslovakia, which no longer exists.

(CNN) – For the second time in two days, John McCain has referred to current events in “Czechoslovakia” – a country that officially ceased to exist in January of 1993.

“And I regret some of the recent behavior Russia that has exhibited, and I’ll be glad to talk about that later on including reduction in oil supplies to Czechoslovakia after they agreed with us on a missile defense system, etcetera,” said the presumptive Republican nominee at a New Mexico town hall Tuesday.

More than fifteen years ago, Czechoslovakia officially split into two nations – the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

On Monday, the Arizona senator made virtually the same statement about recent Russian moves that troubled him, citing that country’s attempt to reduce “the energy supplies to Czechoslovakia.”

Later that evening, McCain’s campaign sent reporters a statement on the issue, which quoted the Arizona senator calling the nation “the Czech Republic” twice.


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  1. Al

    For us non-Americans that are watching your elections from outside, this is not a suprise for us. Your leaders are typical ignorants when it comes to knowledge of other countries. Bush also didn't know where India was when he became president. He didn't even know the different between Iraq and Iran he wants to attack today.
    Some of you will soon reply me to shut up because it's American problems. But it's not American problem when McCain comes here to Europe to meet unporpular leaders that will never be elected again he and goes back to you to boast his foreign policy by meeting "allies"
    When you say he's wrong on issues when he's wrong, you look decent. But when some of you are cynical enough to defend him, you just make you America a laughing stock.

    July 15, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. Jimmy in NYC

    That's right McCain,
    Go attack Zimbabwe...I meant Libya...I meant Saudi Arabia..I meant....Who cares?

    Obama in 08!

    July 15, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. VB

    Election Watcher..He is a presidential Nominee, he is not "Most American"..No wonder Obama has a 85% approval rating..He Knows what is going on in the world...McCain's foreign policy..Is bomb this country, bomb t hat country

    July 15, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. Brian in NJ

    Hey McBush how's about them fourteen colonies?

    July 15, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. Darth Vadik, CA

    Yes, and Turkey is still called the Byzantine Empire and they just attacked Austro-Hugaria, quick bomb Bulgaria.

    July 15, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. arlene,CA

    He is living in the PAST. He is stuck in the ancient past & can't move ahead. McShame, please RETIRE. Now you are getting just laughable, and can not be taken seriously as a candidate for the Prez.

    July 15, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. Jeff Long

    Whatever! People still do not know that Myanmar is also known as Burma.

    Substance over Hype and CNN!!! McCain '08

    July 15, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  8. Jeff Long

    57 States according to Obama. Enough said.

    July 15, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  9. Darth Vadik, CA

    By the way, when Barack said 57 states he included our territories that could vote. So don't even try that crap OK.

    God, such ignorance gave us Bush.

    July 15, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. Jeff Long

    "Later that evening, McCain’s campaign sent reporters a statement on the issue, which quoted the Arizona senator calling the nation “the Czech Republic” twice."

    Im going to go ahead and say that the majority of you Obama supporters didn't even know that.

    July 15, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. LS

    One day McCain is going to wake-up and be a totally different person. If you think he's showing signs of old age now, wait a couple of more years – maybe not even that long considering how this guy expresses himself now. He doesn't have the mental capacity to make crucial decisions.

    And people are actually going to vote for this guy? Go figure.

    July 15, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. John Ret. Air Force

    Maybe that's why he gives no credit to Gen. Wes Clark for winning in Kosovo. Mc Out of Touch probably doesn't realize there is no yugoslavia either. Has any one informed him about the former USSR? Did he ever know these facts, or did he forget them? Which is worse?

    July 15, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  13. VB

    ection Watcher..He is a presidential Nominee, he is not "Most American"..No wonder Obama has a 85% approval rating in Europe..He Knows what is going on in the world…McCain's foreign policy..Is bomb this country, bomb t hat country

    July 15, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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