McCain says monkey business on Twitter just a joke
February 4th, 2013
12:15 PM ET
1 year ago

McCain says monkey business on Twitter just a joke

(CNN) – After catching some flak for slyly calling Iran's president a monkey on Twitter Monday, Sen. John McCain wondered what the fuss was about.


That was after he took this swipe at President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who said Monday he wants to be the first Iranian astronaut in space.

That prompted backlash on Twitter, including from Rep. Justin Amash, a Michigan Republican.

McCain was linking to an article from last week on Iran's attempt to launch a primate into space. According to official Iranian news reports, the monkey was strapped snugly into a Pishgam (or Pioneer) rocket and launched 120 kilometers (75 miles) into the sky on Monday.

Iran said the move represented its latest bid to join the space race, though Iran's foes fear the real aim may be to test missile launching capabilities for less peaceful purposes.

The monkey returned back to Earth sometime later, looking shell-shocked but alive as a crowd of men along the desert ground rejoiced, video from state-run Press TV showed.

Since then, media reports have cast doubt on Iran's version of their launch, citing two different photos of the monkey that was purportedly blasted into space.

McCain has never been shy about his opposition to Iran's regime, often using jokes. During his 2008 bid for president, he memorably changed the lyrics to "Barbara Ann" to "Bomb Iran" during a campaign appearance.

CNN's Greg Botelho and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


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soundoff (281 Responses)
  1. Jack in Florida

    You have become a joke, John. You have become irrelevant and it is time for you to retire and move on to greener pastures.

    February 5, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  2. Gman

    Hmmm. you're right rapierpoint. You and MIt (Mit? nuff said) and RS.
    Call us a name and we'll call you one. Our foreign policy should be Monkey see, Monkey do.
    No wait, I seem to remember being taught that when facing a lunatic, lunacy is not always the best tactic.Yes, I remember something about reason, and professional demeanor. That's it. Something about not acting children.

    February 5, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  3. Gman

    Hmmm. you're right rapierpoint. You and MIt (Mit? nuff said) and RS.
    Call us a name and we'll call you one. Our foreign policy should be Monkey see, Monkey do.
    No wait, I seem to remember being taught that when facing a lunatic, lunacy is not always the best tactic.Yes, I remember something about reason, and professional demeanor. That's it. Something about not acting like children.

    February 5, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. spenteco

    That Johnny McCain, he is just so funny. You might even say he is a joke.

    February 5, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  5. Evergreen

    Is it wrong to expect our leaders to function at a level higher than middle school?

    February 5, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. Strategic Bob

    why does McCain feel a need to insult monkeys like that? being compared to Imadingynutjob has to be a real put down.

    February 5, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
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