July 24th, 2008
12:15 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain to meet with Dalai Lama

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(CNN)—Presumptive Republican nominee John McCain is set to meet with the Dalai Lama Friday in Colorado.

The Tibetan political and spiritual leader will be a keynote speaker at a three-day seminar at the Aspen Institute as part of a greater celebration of Tibetan Culture where he will also meet with McCain. McCain is expected to speak at the American GI Convention in Denver Friday morning, and will make the trip to Aspen to meet with the Dalai Lama later in the afternoon.

Often referred to as “His Holiness,” the Dalai Lama has lived in exile in Dharamsala, India since the Chinese occupied Tibet in 1959.

In April, McCain urged China to engage the spiritual leader in discussions on the future of Tibet.

"Our relationship with China is important,” the Arizona senator said in a statement. “But the Chinese government needs to understand that in our modern world, how a nation treats its citizens is a legitimate subject of international concern... I urge the government of the People's Republic of China to address the root causes of unrest in Tibet by opening a genuine dialogue with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, aimed at granting greater autonomy.”


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soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    Perhaps the holy one can cast a magic spell and reverse the senility and the near constant gaffe-ness that has stricken McCain.

    July 24, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. Kathy in Michigan

    Maybe he can pray for him for his support of going into Iraq, killing innocents and distroying the Catholic Church in Iraq. At least Saddham had Catholics in his cabinet. They were free to worship. Most of them have been either killed or fled. I am certain the Dali Lama can understand that. Maybe he can explain that to McBush.

    July 24, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Truth

    People should not see meeting between the HHDL and Senator Maccain from the political angle. Rather HHDL is known for a respected spritual leader round the world, hence Sen Maccain meeting with him is nothing wrong in it. I can understand the Chinese Govt will certainly not like this, because they are yet to learn the true value of freindship and how important is meeting & communicating with other is important. They are like dog tails " one can never succeed in straightened dogs tail by whatever means he/she tries".

    July 24, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. Lorna, NY

    The Dalai Lama can't help him only a Psychiatrist who specializes in Dementia.

    July 24, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. Red Rotor

    Now this is the kind of stuff I like to hear from McCain. Please, no more of this "flip flop surge media bias" yapping.

    July 24, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. JIM...TX

    Texas Trail Dog....are you for real? You must be a very unhappy person.

    July 24, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. PG

    DALI LAMA TO McCain: My dear old fella retire now...your work or lack there of has ended. That is true WISDOM!

    July 24, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    What? McWar going to meet with a guru of peace and dignity? McCain can't even pull off a town hall without looking mighty uncomfortable and awkward, now he's going to meet with an individual who epitomizes being at ease and peace with oneself and one's surroundings? A feeble attempt, old man, given that nothing is going to steal PRESIDENT Obama's thunder today after his awesome speech in Berlin!
    OBAMA '08 & '12–YES WE CAN!!!

    July 24, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. JIM...TX

    McCain has to meet with the Dalai Lama cause he's the only "leader" out there willing to talk to him 🙂

    July 24, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. Caycee

    Wow, a meeting of an eastern peace advocate and a western war maverick. Hope McCain doesn't try to explain why the surge worked again.

    July 24, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Debby

    Good for McCain and I hope he nails Obama on not visiting the wounded troops in Germany but doesn't mind putting his mug on camera for non-Americans.

    July 24, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. Earl

    I also heard McWar will be visiting with MICKEY MOUSE.

    Maybe Mickey might be his VP.....stay tuned.

    July 24, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. gramb

    Poor McCain...he finally found someone important to talk to him.

    OBAMA – 08!

    July 24, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. Mike

    ...and so McCain said "Hey, Dali...how about something, you know, for the effort?"

    And he said "There will be no tip, but on your deathbed, you will receive total enlightenment."

    So, McCain has that going for him.

    OBAMA '08

    July 24, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. prefer O koolaid than your McArsenic

    i hope the Dalai Lama will ask John McCain the questions CNN and the rest of the "media" are afraid to ask like WHY WONT MCCAIN RELEASE HIS MILITARY RECORDS AND WHY DOES JOHN MCCAIN HAVE SO MANY LOBBYIST WORKING ON HIS CAMPAIGN? i know CNN wont post this, Mccain cries and McCain whines about the media...HIS "political base" not paying attention of him and they fold. come on, who will report on the war with Iran after the NUCS fall? i wish the press had the ballz to ask the real questions.
    a woman just killed herself because she was loosing her house....if McCain wins how many others? how many others?

    July 24, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. linda from South Dakota

    first of all,, has mccain EVER answered a question ? he skirts the whole issue,, talks about nuthun really,, hes the poor sport here,, does nuthun but critize,, and yes this speech obama gave was expectional,, so now mccains a wee more jealous,,lol,, hang it up mccain,, your lies and deception doint work with me,,, my vote still goes to obama,,,

    July 24, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. Joe the Troll

    How come I don't see Republicans complaining about photo ops when it's McCain meeting with foreign dignitaries?

    July 24, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. Danel

    Well he know where Tibet is? One of Bush cabinet member said it's Nepal (refering to Tibet) LOL.

    July 24, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. mike.e

    what did you expect him to say? We owe China so much MONEY to say anything else would have hurt our chances to borrow more money.

    July 24, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. Bella

    Nah....Obama always follow Mccain's lead. Now that Mccain is meeting with the Dalai Lama, Obama will try to book the vaticant next month and make a speech in front of the pope. 🙂

    July 24, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. Billy

    McCain will press his strategy of surging into Tibet. He says, "Obama is just dead wrong in not supporting the Tibetan surge strategy and without the surge, the creation of a Dalai Lama wouldn't have happened. Remarkable, just remarkable."

    July 24, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  22. hillbilly

    dalai llama,please tell mccain to stop the killing in iraq,and remove occupation forces,now.

    July 24, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. Sarah, 23, FL

    GOD IS "HIS HOLINESS"-NOT A MAN!!!

    JESUS LOVES OBAMA AND I DO TOO!!

    OBAMA '08

    July 24, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  24. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    I believe that the Dalai Lama understands that despite religious convictions–political leaders in the "real world" must defend their nations interests and preserve it's security. If Tibet had a Commander-In-Chief like McCain the Dalai Lama might actually be living back home right now.

    We need a President who will preserve our way of life and defend our nation against attacks foreign and domestic. Thankfully, most educated men and women understand you can BS your way to the elections–but to become the protector and defender of the nations way of life–it must be part of your value system to do so willingly without regard for personal gain or safety–and you can't BS that.

    July 24, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. vw

    That is a bad idea. Keep focusing on our economy, MAN...

    July 24, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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