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. nate

    You could try that internet thing John. Lots of good info on there...

    July 15, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. Don

    The age factor.

    July 15, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Dandelion.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA

    July 15, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    OMG, OBAMA NEEDS TO BE POUNCING ON THIS ONE LIKE A WILD CAT ON A RAT...LOL

    July 15, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. ChicagoJosh

    If he knew how to "watch the internet" maybe he would of saw everyone laughing at him for the making the mistake the first time.

    July 15, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Mike Jones

    Sort of like the Sunni and Shia mistake. This guy is a joke. How he received the nomination is a testimony to how stupid the repugs are this election cycle. Glad I am a independent.

    July 15, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. PU

    Please post mine before Jan from Boca Raton FL and Lisa, the spreaders of hate and the voters against their best interest, for once. Love is in the air and I have a few points. The New Yorker was a satire and they were speaking AGINST the ignorance…what else what else… Obama is not a Muslim, not that there’s anything wrong with being one and we are not in a mental recession but a real one. End the war in Iraq! Win the war in Afghanistan!

    Obama 08

    It’s the Economy, the Supreme Court, and The War, Stupid!

    LOL @'Czechoslovakia'...The young man is stuck in the cold war, poor thing.

    July 15, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. NPA

    All McCain knows about international relations is "Bomb! Bomb! Bomb!" And this guy is touting his experience in people's face?!

    July 15, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. RC

    awe jeeeeeze. I have to laugh

    July 15, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. Obama 08: Female, 60, white

    Voters need to worry about these mental "lapses...even Bush said today that his "62" year old memory is weak...he is a decade on McCain.

    I am also wondering which war McCain won that proves he knows how to win a war??

    July 15, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. Bill From Florida

    At least he didn't say he campaigned in 57 states.

    Obama has slipped up much more than McCain, and Obama is still a young kid.

    July 15, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. Ted

    Wow...just...wow...

    July 15, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. tt

    And this is the man you choose to President... So What he visits other countries He doesn't know where hes at...

    July 15, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  14. DLS, NM

    Yes, today we are blessed to have Senator McCain in our fair state. Unfortunately, he probably thinks that he's still on his Columbia-Mexico tour. McCain should consider trying Aricept.

    July 15, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  15. Mark

    Does this guy even have a clue as to which countries are where in this world, or does he just want to bomb them all, so he does not have to remember names...

    Lord forbid he even know who we are fighting against in Iraq, but come on a country that has not existed in 15 years, and he doesn't know that?

    Foriegn policy my friends at its finest!!..

    He does not know the economy, and apparently he strong suit foriegn policy is a wash too...

    so what does he stand for???

    OBAMA 08!!

    July 15, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  16. Tom

    The media darling who knows everything in the media's eyes actually knows very little....including sending emails

    July 15, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Just a small slip of a very old, very addled tongue.

    July 15, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  18. Frank

    And you are trying to make this news...why??? We all get tongue tied over stuff like this....give me a break...very weak attack on John McCain you liberal press wienies!

    July 15, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. mb--texas

    nothing new.he will say anything to get into the news cycle,knowing
    that the news will talk about what he said and how many times he
    talk about things he knows nothing about.then it will be forgotten
    after the news cycle is over.

    July 15, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. Lauren

    Seriously? It's one thing to mispronounce a world leader's name, but to refer to a nation which no longer exists? Remember, the guy needed help distinguishing from various terriorist groups and the nations they're affliated with from Lieberman and Graham. Fingers crossed he doesn't get elected.

    July 15, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. Rosa Birmingham, AL

    McSome is safe with this one. I bet 90% of americans don't know that Czechoslovakia ceased to exist 15 years ago either.

    July 15, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. Jim

    he doesn't know how to use the internet. he's never sent an email before. he doesn't know that a country split into two different countries. i've been to the czech republic. believe you me, they absolutely do not like it when you call it something else. this is just another example (in a LOOOOOOONGGGG line of examples) of how mccain is completely out of touch with the present global environment. i mean seriously, imagine having never surfed the internet in the last 15 years. are you kidding me? are we seriously considering this guy as one of two options for president? how preposterous.

    July 15, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. G

    The man is stuck in the Cold War era. Gawd.

    July 15, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  24. Southern view

    Maybe Czechoslovakia is the 57th state we've been looking for.

    July 15, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  25. Denice

    Dear John,

    Checkoslovakia separated peacefully in January of 1993. The new countries are the Czeck Republic and Slovakia. Get a grip, you are not ready on Day One, you're just not.

    July 15, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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