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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  1. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA




    June 10, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. Slected not Elected

    Yes, only a fool would negotiate with terrorists! Negotiations with terrorists is exactly what one should never do, as it only bequests more terrorism – fool! Terrorists and terrorism supporting countries and leaders who support terrorism are no more than cowardess, murderous, uncivilized, scum thugs – Satan's little warlocks I presume you would just as soon negotiate with Satan as well? A vote for Obama just shows one's stupidity and how easily they can be duped by a socialistic Marxist farce, and one who "changes" his stance and views hour by hour and day by day with his eloquent but hypocritical and inexperienced "words", "just words", "just speeches" of "change" to Marxism"! All it takes is the ignoramous fools of the demo party to be foolish enough to vote for a candidate like Obama

    June 10, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. Tim

    Hey CNN – Please focus on the issues! This has been your major flaw as a "news source" throughout this primary season. Funny semantical slips by politicians are not news-worthy. The issue here, which you so often choose to ignore, is that McCain has vowed to veto all bills with special earmarks. From your article I don't even know what impact this may have! Your shameless love for Barack Obama ended Clinton's campaign and has hindered your ability to perform your job... which, in case you've forgotten, is to report NEWS. Stick to facts and let people think for themselves for once – this country may be better off for it.

    June 10, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. Miz Understood

    "Veto Every Beer"..... WHAT??(Runs and gets her purse and rides bike to the store to stock up on beer, because lord knows gas is too high)!!!

    OMG.. the demetia, the old man already doesnt know what he's saying..lord help us all, beer is all I have left. Take my beer u take my soul...lol

    June 10, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. bob in L.A.

    When this general election season is over, poor John will be back in the Senate. Age is a factor for President because the job is grueling. Like him or not, a very healthy GWB has aged considerable in 7 1/2 years and its not going to be easier for the next person!
    These types of errors are just the beginning of what the stress of the office will bring.

    June 10, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. Danny, Democrat from AZ

    Wow.. he is too lame on other issues that he needs to talk about how he will veto every bill Democrats propose to improve our country. What a tool.

    June 10, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. Becky

    Oh it was just a slip. I don't support the guy (not in the very least), but they all make their slip-ups.

    Obama + VP of his choice '08

    June 10, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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