July 16th, 2008
07:06 AM ET
10 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. Walter, Long Beach

    When will the media decide that a few "slips" followed by a few more "slips" followed by still more "slips" is more than just a collection of "slips"?

    It's obvious to anyone who hasn't been pandered to on the "Straight Talk Express" that this is adding up to a pattern, and a frightening one.

    July 15, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. Sylvia

    McOld is still stuck in the cold war.

    July 15, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. Ralph Kaupa

    If McCain picks Romney for his VP he has lost our vote. Huckabee should be the nominee. After the primary with Romney if McCain picks him I will not vote for McCain. It would be the same old, same old. It seems like politicians are the problem in this country. Can't trust any of them.

    July 15, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. NP in GA

    He and Curious George are more alike every day. It would be funny if it weren't so sad.

    July 15, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. Ann

    Not such a big deal.. I find worse not to know how many states are in the US like Obama did. Don't tell me that Obama knows by name all the Eastern European countries that split in the 1990s.

    July 15, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. Change

    It about time for another medical check up, to increase the dosage, before he looses all the bearings

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha prevention is better than cure

    July 15, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. sherry for Obama

    My goodness............He doesnt even know what hes talking about.

    He may be getting senile as Reagan did toward the end of his Presidency ......About the same age too.

    America is this someone you can trust to run this country?

    Republican voters do you really want to vote for him?

    July 15, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. JS

    This is worse than when Bob Dole fell

    July 15, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. Ed

    I think I prefer Miss South Carolina for president !!

    July 15, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  10. Isaac

    Oh yes, two days straight of the same blunder.

    Well, im not saying he is old but im not saying he is young, all Im saying is if the shoe fits then it has to be the right shoe. The dude cannot recall what he is talking about, what a President, what a

    I wonder if his speech had the country written down or was he trying to be smart & he messed up? interesting

    July 15, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. IDMU

    His synapses just aren't firing like they did in the old days. Now just imagine what the debates are going to be like, ouch. We may be in store for the return of Jerry Ford. That's a good thing for Chevy Chase, though. Unfortunately, McCain is not a bad guy; he's just a bad candidate with even worse political and foreign policy advisors supporting him.

    July 15, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. Chuck

    Give it up. I hear people call the two countries by their old name all the time.

    Is this news?

    July 15, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. Rick FL

    If this were an isolated incident, it might be understandable, but McCain also mixed up Shiites & Sunnis, troop levels, Putin, his voting record, his stance against the GI Bill, etc.

    July 15, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. Gotcha

    This is horrible. It's almost as bad as when Barack Obama thought there were 57 states.

    July 15, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  15. Skip

    McBonehead strikes again. When will the press take him up on these "moments" and make an issue out of it?? They have protected him too long. If Obama did this it would be Page 1.

    July 15, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  16. B.Hawkins

    Just because he said it yesterday does'nt mean he remembers it today.

    July 15, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  17. NickNas

    The Gaff reel in production for McCains flip flops and misspeaks and out and out lies is rapidly approaching FEATURE FILM proportions.

    July 15, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. Election watcher

    What's the big diggity dang deal.
    Most Americans who are at least 30 still call it Czechoslavakia.

    July 15, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. Terry, Dallas Texas

    I'm waiting for him to start talking about how important it is to bring Alaska and Hawaii into the Union.

    July 15, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. Scott, Charlotte


    July 15, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. ejgood

    Well, McCain has made a mistake. It shows that he is kind of not a details guy. That's fine for telling stories on the front porch – you can wing it. But in the oval office I want a sharp pencil. I think I'll vote for Obama. he doesn't miss too many details, and when he does you know it's a slip up, not a fundamental misunderstanding. With McCain I wonder if he really believes what he is saying sometimes. Obama gets it. You can just tell when he speaks on a topic that he has a deep understanding of what he's saying. He doesn't rely on talking points from some policy aide. He reads and he knows what is going on. McCain always looks fidgety, like he is scared someone is about to throw a punch at him. must be the POW thing...
    I won't smack him down for not remembering the velvet revolution – most Americans geo-political knowledge is pretty poor. How many of you can name every country that borders Iraq? – hint: there are 6 of them. How many of you can name the countries that border afghanistan without looking at google earth? I can't even do that and I'm a map nerd...... I bet most of our soldiers can't even find Iraq or Afghanistan on a map of the world. We need to invest those billions in textbooks instead of bombs.

    July 15, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. Tim

    If he doesn't know that the country doesn't exist anymore, that means he probably doesn't even understand the policy concerns he is trying to convey.

    July 15, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. Only 4Obama

    I can see it now, McCain thinking to himself, who should we strike against???? Iran or was it Japan? They both sound alike. Old man is losing his mind

    July 15, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  24. Noticeing

    Where or where is PumaAnne and Grif and all the rest of the know it alls to come to his defense? Oh thats right they don't deal in FACTS! Fact is This guy is 48 cards short of a full deck. I DREAM of the day he has the nerve to get on the same stage as Obama in front of a NON pre selected audience and live TV so we can all witness his demise. It is going to be U-G-L-Y!!! But I will love every minute of it.

    July 15, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  25. Allen from Hartwell, GA

    why aren't my comments being accepted?

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