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. You Be Bitter

    Bitter people get mad and vote against their own best interest. He told no lies. They get mad at the truth because they can't handle the truth. Maybe it's not a good thing to have a woman as president, because if a world leader does not agree with her she just might react like the Hillary supporters on here.
    Now I understand why most of you are going to vote McSame. We won't be mad at you for cutting off your own head, you just can't help youself. Well we might as well just hang on because McSame is going to win with your help and when Hillary runs next time we will do the same to her so I guess the republicans will be in the White House for at least 16yrs.

    June 10, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. Montana is Obama Country

    ....Hey I wonder if that includes a VETO for BUSH BEER....

    June 10, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. rumpusgoopus

    Oh, calm down McCain supporters. The reason this is here is because it's funny.

    June 10, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. TerryMD

    This guy is senile. Someone pull him off with a cane.

    June 10, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. ???

    I vetoed a few beers over the weekend, it was a mess.

    June 10, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. one day at a time

    slow news day eh?

    Anyway, so much for the mcSame theory... ole Dubya would NEVER veto a beer, now would he?

    June 10, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. Ryan kr

    Another dummy running for president. Can't even read teleprompter correctly. 4 more years of misery and recession. God forbid.

    June 10, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. Paula McCain is a bad choice

    The man is old, has literally been through the wars and has PTSD.. he is being set up as a puppet for Romney .Romney knew that because of the Mormaon FLDS scandal he wouldn't go any further..so MCain was chosen as a fall guy.. if he is voted in and screws up, which I think he will..no harm done.. Romney looks like a Super Hero and takes over.. a vote for this man is a vote to blow a few more holes in the sinking ship that is the U.S. He will continue to send your children and husbands and wives to war..for what?? Every vote for McCain is for the war and war on Iran and on and on.All McCain knows about is WAR. That does NOT make him a a good candidate for the United States.. it makes him dangeous.

    June 10, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. Will in Richmond, VA

    Slow news so far.

    Too bad I don't drink, else I'd tell him not to veto it, but encourage and applaud the import of Canadian Beers.

    June 10, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  10. TESAP

    Uh Oh.............. The old man has lost it..........Signs of Dementia

    June 10, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. Larry...

    Was he referring to all those NOT distributed by his wife's family's distribution company? Gotta get your campaign funds from somewhere...

    June 10, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. George

    CNN is worried about Jhon Mccain' s policy. If Obama said this, CNN woud talk at least for two days.

    June 10, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. DW

    The No Hillary, then McCain guy is a relection of pure ignorance. McCain is a 180 degree value difference from Hillary. Everything he wants, she pretty much doesn't stand fore. But go ahead, vote for that. Maybe change your party affiliation as well, would make all of us feel better.

    June 10, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. Tom in CA

    Yes,...he's going to veto Budweiser. Cindy will love him for this slip of the...

    What do you expect from someone that's verbally challenged, senile and looks like Grandpa Munster? A Pander bear!

    June 10, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |

    Is this who the Clintonistas want to lead the free world? Gees–you people are really drinking too much kool-aid; what manner of lunacy would cause you to aswing this far to the right? Off kilter? Wow!! You deserve each other, REALLY.

    June 10, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. Really?

    That's pretty funny, but if McCain tries to take away my Bud, I'm voting for Barr, the Libertarian!

    June 10, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. Robert in Toronto,ON

    This sounds like something from the Prohibition episode of The Simpsons. I think we should call McCain "The Beer Baron"

    June 10, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  18. Paul, Riverside, CA

    Veto every beer?

    How could McCain forget prohibition? I mean, he was around at that time right?

    June 10, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  19. New Day

    Is there anything lamer than political junkies without a sense of humor? C'mon Reps, we laughed at Obama's "57 states" comment and his 37 at bowling.

    'fess up, the actual quote was funny!

    June 10, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  20. Ben

    A vote for McCain is a vote for Bush. Veto McCain not beer!

    June 10, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  21. Gene

    Bush and McSame 're a disgrace to millions of smart Americans and white race in general.

    June 10, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  22. Debbi

    I will give this to McCain, he definitely is taking after Bush when he miss speaks. Is this planned on his part. Remember all those people who voted not only once, but TWICE for Bush, even after all his blunders (to put it nicely)? It worked once, can it work again??

    June 10, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  23. Proud American

    This is just the beginning folks. Its gonna get alot worst. No disrespect McCain but you are too old to take on the job of being President of the US.

    June 10, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. ANGIE

    close your eyes listen to him sounds like bush to me this man is going to destroy this country as well as all of us he needs to retire and go have a few beers!!!!!

    June 10, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  25. DP

    Wow, that's almost as bad as Obama's 57 states, seeing dead people on Memorial Day, talking about giving breathalyzers to kids with asthma, about ethnic cleansing being good for Iraq, etc. At least he corrected himself immediately though. Hillary could still run circles around both of these men.

    June 10, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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