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. Pick me!! Pick me!!

    Just another "Senior Moment."

    Although laughable now, it won't be in the future. I have those moments and they are not something to be taken lightly. Maybe Focus Factor will help.

    July 15, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. Dem 4 Obama, PA

    Is this another example of how McCain has a wealth of foreign knowledge while Obama is naive and inexperienced.

    I can't believe this man is actually the Republican nominee and worse yet...people are actually going to vote for him!

    July 15, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. Josef

    Seriously, we've got to admit that this guy doesn't know as much about foreign policy and even national security issues as he likes to claim...

    July 15, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. DT

    Dear John,

    Czeckoslovakia 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 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. NotPayingHilaryDebt

    About time .. CNN!!!

    nice ... have to admit .. he is senile ...

    July 15, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. I'm Old

    Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice...Hey look, an early bird special at Denny's!

    July 15, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. charles

    Too old does not know so much has changed in the world. hard to leave the past.try as he may.

    July 15, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. Scott, NY NY

    Just what we need, another idiot for President.

    July 15, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. CT voter

    You'd think the President of the United State's would do well to know this sorta thing while he's making statements about it...

    July 15, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. Dave

    I hate that people are comparing McCain to Bush. So what if he confused a country that doesn't exist with two countries that do exist. So what if he doesn't know the difference between Sunni and Shia. So what if he confuses Iran with Al Qaeda. This is a post-911 world. Facts don't matter. If we believe in facts, the terrorists win.

    July 15, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. CT voter

    whoops, the wannabe president of the United State's I meant...

    July 15, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. bij

    maybe if he knew how to use the internet he could google it!

    July 15, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Hahahahahahaha

    And the hits just keep on comin'

    This guys is hilarious.

    Last night on CNN they talked about the fact that he can't use the internet or even send an email!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????

    How is this guy in touch with what the CURRENT US and GLOBAL needs are if he doesn't even know about the internet?????

    Guess that works in his favor, so he can't see on You Tube how ridiculous he sounds!!!!

    Maybe he should have run in the 60's- sounds like he is stuck there anyway.

    July 15, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. Eric

    Hey McBush.....What country was that? The Czech what? Can't remember anything from 1993 can you? Worse than Reagan already?
    Ha. Just...ha.

    July 15, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. Dee dee dee

    ...and so begin the McCainisms.

    July 15, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  16. Abby

    you can look up the current, up to date world map on the iINTERNET, Senator...oh wait ...nevermind.

    July 15, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. charles

    Rosa- how on earth can you say he is safe on this one. he was corrected yesterday. nextday his forgotten already. nowhere to hide on this one.

    July 15, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. Julian, MD.

    Are you surpiised? He chose not to wear the earpiece Bush and Reagan wore. The man is plain old and dumb.

    July 15, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  19. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    ME JOHN MCCAIN! ME live in world of 1967. Can't tell Shia from Sunni without my pal from AIPAC, Joe Lieberman. Me big friends with Marshall Tito! The ecomony isn't my string point, but my top economic advisor, Phil Gramm sez you're all a bunch of whiners and I believe that's true especially the PUMA cat people...I want to bomb someone so I can rain down my seed of death at a nice safe distance just like back when I was in 'Nam....

    July 15, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  20. dormar206

    That old fool need to go home now that is old age for sure he need his rest

    July 15, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  21. Rob

    LOL. How can you judge him if Obama doesnt even know how many states we have here. loooooooool. nobody noticed that probably as nobody knows it neither. looool. i am just kidding. hehe

    Rob

    July 15, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. Lauren

    Haha awww...poor McCain's been having a lot of senior moments lately. Obama doesn't even need to point anything out. McCain just does it all by himself.

    July 15, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  23. insanity

    If McCain "watched" the internet more he would know this. Instead he let his wife et all "watch" the internet. How hard is it to watch the internet ? I watch it everyday to send email.

    July 15, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  24. Jamaal Kansas

    Yeah but he is capable of being commander in Chief but he confuses former countries this guy is Old and it shows everytime he opens his mouth. But Obama is the one that suppose to be enexperienced Right Obama 08

    July 15, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  25. ANGIE

    well its about time cnn about time you start exposing the truth about mccain thats why i love you cnn your so fair and balanced but i know you have more about mccain why dont you reveal it lets be fair whats good for obama is good for mcsenile!!!!!!!!!

    July 15, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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