June 10th, 2008
11:32 AM ET
12 years ago

McCain: 'I will veto every single beer'


Watch McCain's comments Tuesday.

(CNN) - John McCain issued a promise Tuesday that may cause a bit of unrest with a broad swath of voters:

He'll veto every single beer?

In a slip of the tongue while railing against excessive earmarks at the National Small Business Summit in Washington, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee inadvertently pledged to veto the popular alcoholic beverage.

Watch McCain's slip of the tongue

"I will use the veto as needed. I will veto every single beer - bill with earmarks," he said, as rumblings from the crowd could be heard. "And every single bill that we have come across my desk I will make them famous. I will veto them, you will know their names."

It's not entirely surprising McCain has beer on the brain: his wife, Cindy, is heiress to her father's Arizona beer distribution company, Hensley and Company, one of the largest distributors in the U.S., for which she now serves as chairman.

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soundoff (307 Responses)
  1. Ken, New York

    How is it that some disenfranchised Hillary voters are voting for this guy? If these people really CARED about the well-being of the country, they should look at the best policies instead of focusing on being sore losers especially because Obama won it fair and square.

    People who think with their hearts instead of their heads will only lead this country into further peril. And if they make unwise decisions, I hope these voters are most affected by the economy and gas. Get over it!!

    OBAMA 08
    Great job to Hillary Clinton as well!

    June 10, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. Christopher

    This idiot trully is a mirror image of Bush!!! GEESH!!! Bushisms already

    June 10, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. MLG

    McCain 08 is better than Obama anyday!!!!

    June 10, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Tod

    He really does want to be McBush – he'll do the same politics, he'll even talk the bad same way! wow – it's scary what 8 years of Bush can do to your vocab'

    June 10, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. Independant all the way

    Are you serious? This made the news?

    June 10, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. Hillary Supporter

    Leave the man alone. He has gone through years of torture, etc. Is a wonder that he can speak. He's a hero.

    June 10, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. Mike

    Wow a presidential candidate mispoke. Groundbreaking news if I ever heard it. Meanwhile, articles of impeachment are introduced against the president of the United States and not a peep is heard. Fantastic job as always corporate press.

    June 10, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. tydicea

    McCain had beer on his mind, had one too many before taking the stage, or was having a senior moment. In any event if he makes good on his promise to veto beer he is sure to lose the popular vote. lol!

    June 10, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. Billiam the Kid

    I think that some older Americans are scared of Obama. He represents something they aren't used to. Since 68 with Nixon the repugs have been using the fear, and divide and conquer tactics. You would hope at some point people would reallyt start to pay attention. As for the women who will vote for MCain, I don't believe it. They talk about sexism being used?? So they will vote for a man that was asked "What are we gonna do about the b!t*h??" To which McCain just laughed.

    June 10, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. catjax

    here goes the Obama legion...very very vicious. i don't forget what you did to Hillary. My vote will never go to Hussein Obama..

    June 10, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. OK

    So many "idiot" comments out there. The man is not an idiot, you might not agree with his positions, but resorting to name calling just makes you look like "idiots". It was a slip, perhaps a freudian, as it is not a strectch to imagine him thinking I'd rather be sitting on my couch drinking a cold beer than standing here repeating this for the hundreth time. Or, he was thinking about all his wife's money. Eaither way it is funny and about as significant as his shoe size yet some would use it to impute his credibility. HELLO, how about the substance of the quote, do we want a president claiming commitment to ending legislator's pet pork projects? As a tax payer it makes sense to me, but I admit beer jokes are a lot more fun. Great Job CNN, way to report!!!!

    June 10, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. prairieguy

    HAHAHAA!!!! Is misspeaks are getting worse each week...how about he just veto himself from the election!!!

    McBush, McSame, McInsane, McFlip Flopper!!!!!

    June 10, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. Disgusted in America

    The real story here is about a guy who works his duff off for this country, goes to war for this country, serves as a senator for this country, becomes a POW for this country, and basically gives his life TO this country, and THIS is how you (we) treat him. That's the real, sad story here.

    You better all hope NONE of you lose your memory at all with age, because people will be laughing at you and rightly so, for what you've done here.

    June 10, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Jan, Knoxville, TN

    America, is this who you want for President? I don't think he is all there! Shades of Ronald Reagan. GO OBAMA.

    June 10, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. Brian

    Vetoing bills with earmarks will not save ANY money, and quite possibly could gridlock the government. Earmarks simply stipulate how an agency should spend money that it already has. Once again, a snake oil salesman mischaracterizes his policies to win your vote.

    June 10, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. jncc1701

    this good man is too old to be president.

    June 10, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. julie mn

    And obama thinks there are 57 states in the u.s and
    canada has a president
    the great lakes are in oregon
    kentucky is next to arkansas
    sioux city s.d. ECT ECT ECT ,,,,


    June 10, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. Obama Mama

    Firstly, anyone who thinks that Obama thinks there are 57 states shouldn't be allowed to post. Some people are just stupid if they can't figure out that he meant 57 contests.

    Secondly, these guys are being recorded every time they speak. They are going to make mistakes. But I like the person who said, "He just lost the blue collar vote." THAT was funny.

    Thirdly, CNN- Why is Yahoo a better political news source right now than you are? Find some real news already.

    June 10, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. elmerg

    "Four more beers!
    Four more beers!"

    June 10, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. S.B.

    Maybe subconciously he was REALLY , REALLY needing a beer about then...that brings up another concern..wonder if he drinks a lot more than we know...hmmmmm?

    June 10, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. beyond politics

    I see people are saying Barack said there are 57 states. He said there were "57 contests" and there WERE. 2 in Texas plus D.C., Puerto Rico, U.S.V.I, Guam, and ex-pats.
    And you guys get all offended when people point out that Barack's supporters are more educated . . . We listened in school, so we are accostomed to listening to what people say. Its amazing! Barack did not, in any way, say there are 57 states.

    June 10, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. Fitz

    To those of you asking why CNN is reporting this and didn't report on the 57 state error by Obama. The answer is:

    1) They did and you were asleep
    2) They did and you were in the shower
    3) They did and you're DSL was out that week
    3) They did and you know it, that's why you're writing about it because you weren't there when he did it.

    June 10, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. Crush Rush

    Yes Johnny,we will VETO you in november.

    June 10, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. David Goldman for OBAMA







    June 10, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  25. Loretta from California

    Senator Obama would not be permitted to make this mistake, why should we let Senator McCain off the hook? Remember every word, every slip of the tongue, is fair game.

    June 10, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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