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. Scott

    My body has vetoed a few beers in its time!

    June 10, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. Prescott

    And Obama has claimed there are 57 states and a phantom 10,000 people perished in the recent midwest tornadoes. I'm no fan of McCain, bur really, what is WRONG with you people? Is it Selective Attention Disorder???

    June 10, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. Glen

    I'm looking forward to seeing both McCain"s and Obama's blooper reels after the election is over. "America's Funniest Presidential Candidate's Videos" ready made for prime time.

    June 10, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. Maxine

    I don't care if it is a slip, he is running for the highest office; he will communicate with well educated leaders from around the world.

    My mom slips like that all the time, she is 73. 🙂

    June 10, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. Muratha

    Since The best choice have gone ( Hillary) McCain and Obama are the same but i prefer McCain than Obama because he seem like proud of American than Obama and his wife.

    June 10, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. John

    And so it begins..., the republican (and I use the term LOOSELY) being dogged for every slip of the tounge. Meanwhile, Obama slides by unscathed with comments like "the 57 states of america"! Let's just see how long this follows McCain in contrast to Obama's slip. Can you say media bias?

    June 10, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. Dusacre

    GrandPa McCain is 71 years old. It is not his fault. Things like that happen with age.

    Is he too old to be president? No
    He is just too old to govern.

    June 10, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. FactCheck

    Bitter and resentful Clinton supporters can't help but vote for McCain. With him as president, they will have another 4 years to be even more bitter and resentful.

    June 10, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. James , Houston, TX.

    Does McBush mean every Anhouser-Bush Beer? Or, is He also including Rupert Beer ?

    June 10, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. After further review,Texas

    And just when you thought no one could be dumber,up jumps dumbest.

    June 10, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. Andy J, NY

    How many states are there in our great country, according to Obama?

    exactly. People make mistakes. Nobody is perfect. Obama is most certainly not perfect, he is a fascist socialist commie.

    June 10, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. Settle down....CNN


    You Obama supporters and even some of you crazy Repubs..


    How is this even news?

    June 10, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  13. Beverly, NYC

    There goes the red-neck vote. Hope slips of the tougue don't happen during the 3am phone call. Now we know why he won't talk to our enemies.

    June 10, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. Tommy Hussein in St. Louis

    sylvia June 10th, 2008 11:21 am ET

    a shame that this is so played up in the media along with Hillarys
    trip to bosnia and yet Mr God of the World Obama can mention 57states and never even get criticized!! Wow what a bunch of iodiots we have reporting the news…


    It is easy to see how somebody who is tired and/or has a lot on his or her mind can make a simple, everyday slip of the tongue that anybody could make, such as "57" instead of "47" or "beer" instead of "bill."

    I'm sorry, but it is not easy to see how such tiredness or stress can introduce false memories into your mind, such as the memory of literally being under gunfire and having to run for cover, when video shows you walking around like it's a Sunday morning picnic. People in the military have taken that as an insult because they felt like she was insinuating that they did not do a good enough job of protecting the first lady. And she tried to take the entire American public for fools – believe me, an American first lady under sniper fire in a foreign country would have been huge, earth-shattering news at the time. We would not have had to wait another decade for her to run for president before we finally hear about it.

    June 10, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  15. Glen

    If it was Mexican beer he could veto it with two x's.

    June 10, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  16. Generation X

    So what if he is President and he has a meeting with an important foreign leader and he stubbles? He is NOT Presidential.

    June 10, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. Jim in Atlanta

    Here we go CNN. McCain watch out – every little misspoken word is going to get headlines in the media. The media's goal is to try to portray you as a senile old man who is confused and disoriented. This is a tactic the media will use from not till November. Expect a lot more of these frivolous stories to emerge. Obama's number one weapon will be the media on his side. It worked for him in the primary, so why not the general election too. It’s really disappointing to see the media taking sides in these elections.

    Still for Hill in 12'

    June 10, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. Alex

    A slip of the tongue. Gee none of us have done that. Better that than a slip of 20 years with the wrong pastor. Gee, none of us have done that either!!!

    Nobama!! No liar!! No hypocrite!!

    Another election tank thanks to the DNC and its appointed superdelegates! Reep what you sow, losers!

    June 10, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. Ben

    It is not that complicated. On the War: anyone who voted for this unneccessary waste of blood and treasure does not deserve to be president. On the economy: if rising gas prices are a result of supply and demand, then increasing supply and reducing demand would be the best long term answer. In the short term however, something must be done to help people who are struggling to cope,

    Were we not spending billions a month on a fruitless endeavor in Iraq perhaps we would have enough money to invest in the technologies neccessary to develop the alternatives that would help us to drop our addition to foriegn oil.

    Somebody ought to make this argument to the people. Mccain can not, but Obama can and should!

    June 10, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  20. rw in ct

    This is nothing compared with Obama (despite his Harvard degree) saying: "let's see, we've been to 57 states and have two more to go."

    hmmmm, what kind of moment was that....plenty of those on youtube.

    country before party....vote McCain.

    June 10, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  21. E. Elliott, Orlando, FL

    A minor slip of the tongue. I am worried about what he says accurately. It was a cute, but juvinile sound bite. Beat his chest and shout veto. If he does that the government will be shut down during the figting over replacement bills. or he will be over ridden. How does this trired old man expect to pay for social security? He does not. How about medicare or medicare? Same thing as Bush. Try to destroy the system to keep from chanrging the rich people that he sold out too any extra money to help the rest of us. Those pigs have been at the GOP trough for 8 years. They will not move out unless their is a pig roast.

    June 10, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. Make Love Not War

    Anti-Obama bloggers = Republicans posing as Democrats
    If not Hillary, then McCain = Republicans posing as Democrats


    OBAMA 2008/2012

    Peace and Love to All.

    June 10, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. Buckeye12

    I DON'T LIKE/TRUST EITHER OF THESE CANDIDATES!!! McCain doesn't bring any thing new to the table, and anyone who trusts Obama is crazy. No one knows anything about him, and his answer to everything is tax.

    June 10, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. LIZ

    I swear the comments on here are so immature!! This can't be for real America!?!?!

    He made a mistake. get over it!!

    Didn't Michelle Obama made a mistake with her words?

    Didn't clinton make a mistake with her words as well?

    And we all know Obama has....

    I am supporting obama/Clinton for the white house!!

    June 10, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  25. Staunch Clinton Supporter

    Wow! Pretty slow news day when people have to jump on a slip of the tongue.

    He will still win the presidency because he will make a better commander in chief.

    McCain 2009 Republican Leader

    Clinton 2012 Independent Leader

    June 10, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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