May 23rd, 2008
03:21 PM ET
13 years ago

Texas pastor Hagee says split with McCain 'best for both of us'

(CNN) - Texas televangelist John Hagee said Friday his political divorce from Republican presidential contender John McCain is "best for both of us" and urged reporters to return to "the pressing issues of the day."

McCain renounced Hagee's support on Thursday after earlier remarks by the evangelist - suggesting the acts of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler during the Holocaust were part of God's will - drew attention from reporters. The Arizona senator had stood by during controversies over other Hagee sermons, but said he considered the Holocaust remarks "deeply offensive and indefensible."

In a brief appearance with an Orthodox rabbi by his side, Hagee said his views had been "mischaracterized and attacked."

"Our search for an explanation for evil must never be confused for an effort to excuse evil," he said. "Many have wondered where God was during the Holocaust, but I think the more important question is what we will do here on Earth to make sure there will never be another Holocaust."

Related video: Watch a clip of Hagee's comments Friday.

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  1. Griff

    But Him.... Much more than you.... This Guy John McCain, deserves so much respect... Only the best should be in his Team.......

    May 23, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. Mrs.L

    The difference is they (THE MEDIA) will not cover the Hagee or Parsley sermons 1/4 as much as they did Rev. Wright.

    Ask yourself WHY??? Then you decifer the differences!!!

    May 23, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. raphael


    May 23, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. mary, Dallas, Tx

    No CNN will not play their sermon. I am really surprised that they printed your statement. They only seem to print negatives about Obama. Statements from the obsessed Hilliary supporters.

    May 23, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  5. Ray Gillette

    politics and religion are guided by two different principles one operates based on popular opinion the other based on faith, therefore cannot always be intertwined. Mr. Hagee and wright preach the Gospel based on their convictions of what is right in God's eyes. Politicians try to govern so the that every one regardless of race, sexual preference, religous beliefs etc. all coexists in a society with equal rights. Polticians and religious figures cannot and should not be married

    May 23, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  6. Russell

    HILARY 4 PREZ!! – Please remember to take your lithium before posting.


    May 23, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  7. Terry


    Enough with the bible quoting. No man of God would say such a thing.

    Hagee is nothing more than some sick, sad, sorry , piece of a person who uses the church to spew his hatred.

    No loving would have have said such things. Or the supposed son of God.

    We need to put a stop to these people. They preach nothing but hatred and destruction and I feel sorry for anyone who listen's and and believes them.

    May 23, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. Tex

    Why did McBush wait three full months to reject this stupid religious right pastor? Could it be McBush cared or cares more about intgrity, honesty and character than he does pandering to the religious right wing of the GOP?

    May 23, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. Photon Torpedo Dallas, TX

    Again should we really care about what a candidates pastor said? Did the candidate say, "I completely agree with what the pastor said.. word for word. You can take that to the bank and cash it."? No. Obama didn't say it or imply it and I'm sure McCain didn't either.

    So with that being said. Hopefully we won't have a month long run of the Nutty Pastors soundbytes.

    Stick to the issues that matter to the American people..and if a majority of the american people really care about these blowhards then we are truly in trouble.

    I mean really what's next? "Obama's 4th grade reading teacher doesn't like the Irish. "Senator McCain's proctologist doesn't like female dentists!"

    Yes We Can & Yes We Should
    Obama 08'

    May 23, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. Tex

    Why isn't Clinton News Network (CNN) and McBush's favorite news media source not running segments of the unChristian and right wing rantings of Nazi sympathizing pastor?

    May 23, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  11. California Girl

    I respect Senator McCain for rejecting Mr. Hagee; something Obama couldn't do when Rev. Wright came to our attention.

    Hillary 08

    May 23, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  12. Keith

    Well Pastor Hagee. This is what happens when you cast your Pearls before swine. McLame is not a Christian and should not have been backed by any Pastor. Being Republican does not equate with being Christian. You were as mistaken as Pat Robertson when he backed Romney. If Christian leaders are not going to use better judgement then your endorsements will lose credibility.

    May 23, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  13. Belle

    Obama supporters clearly do not have a very good memory. Obama said Wright retracted his earlier statements; Wright never actually retracted anything. Hagee never said the Holocaust was right; he simply tried to explain why it happened. We need to understand history to prevent history from repeating itself. I don't think McCain should have rejected his endorsement. Wright is full of hate and Obama listened for over 20 years. Then, he denounced by degree as it was politically expedient. Obama believes the same as Wright-he is just more eloquent in his speeches.

    May 23, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  14. World1

    Mccain seeks out praise from, and follows FALSE PROPHETS !

    "Evangelical Zionism" is what they are calling their preaching. They state that the jewish people must convert to be saved, as the world will soon end.

    What a great compilation of thoughts from so-called "clergymen". Unbelievable, but McCain still is guided by them.

    ...and Hillary: her own husband doesn't even love her, the liar, deceiver, spinner, flopper, hate monger.

    May 23, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
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